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  • Scherer and Sons Hit Rare Trifecta

    When 3-year-old filly Talkin Indian won the ninth race at Fair Grounds on Dec. 7, the average racing fan likely did not notice a unique detail that came along with the first-level allowance victory.

  • Tampa Signal Available to Most ADWs

    Wagering on Tampa Bay Downs' 83rd live meet, which opens Dec. 13, will be available to most advance deposit wagering outlets, the Oldsmar, Fla., track announced Dec. 12.

  • 2006 Champions Day Turf winner Desert Wheat, is back for another try in 2008.

    Former Winners Top La. Champions Day

    Nine horses who have won during previous Louisiana Champions Day programs return to Fair Grounds in an attempt to repeat as the track plays host to the event's 18th renewal Dec. 13.

  • Snow covers the jockey statues along the track apron at Fair Grounds Dec. 11.

    Snow Cancels Fair Grounds Racing Dec. 11

    Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has canceled its live racing program Dec. 11 because of winter weather and track conditions. Snow began falling in the metro New Orleans area during the morning. New Orleans is under a winter storm warning.

  • Trainer Larry Jones has a pair of promising 2-year-old colts in an allowance race Dec. 11 at Fair Grounds.

    Derby Hopefuls Clash at Fair Grounds

    In what has to be one of the strongest and deepest 2-year-old allowance fields ever assembled at Fair Grounds, nine juveniles will go to the post in Thursday's one-mile test, several of whom have already excited fans with their dazzling performances.

  • E.J. Perrodin (right, holding sign) celebrates his 3000th win at Fair Grounds on Dec 5.

    Resilient Perrodin Wins No. 3,000

    Barely a year after a career-threatening injury, jockey E.J. Perrodin won his 3,000th career race aboard He's Royal Dee in the ninth race at Fair Grounds Dec. 5.

  • Bret Calhoun

    Calhoun Off To a Good Start in Louisiana

    Bret Calhoun became the first trainer this season to saddle four winners on a single Fair Grounds program Nov. 30, but that achievement pales in comparison to what the Texas-born conditioner is hoping to accomplish before the local season ends March 29, 2009.

  • Slot machine revenue has fueled purses at Fair Grounds Racetrack.

    Fair Grounds ADW Deal: Good or Bad?

    A recent deal that allowed expanded distribution of the Fair Grounds racing signal was hailed by some as a step forward in the months-long nationwide dispute between horsemen, racetracks, and advance deposit wagering entities. But some horsemen's groups are categorizing the development as a step backwards in an overall plan to secure higher revenue shares for purses from a growing wagering segment.

  • Stormy West splashes to victory in the Blushing K.D. Handicap.

    Stormy West Wins as Fair Grounds Opens

    After challenging for command entering the lane, Stormy West withstood late challenges from Final Refrain and Barbette to capture the inaugural running of the $60,000 Blushing K.D. Handicap, the co-feature on a wet opening day to Fair Grounds' 137th season Nov. 14.

  • Record Purses For Fair Gounds Meet

    Fair Grounds continues its increasingly exciting growth pattern when the 137th live Thoroughbred meeting at the nation's third-oldest racetrack gets underway Nov. 14.

  • FG Signal Going to Youbet, But Not TVG

    The signal for the Fair Grounds race meet starting Nov. 14 will be available to a wider variety of advance deposit wagering outlets, a group that does not include TVG, Churchill Downs Inc. announced Nov. 12.

  • CDI: Quietly Positioned for Growth

    Churchill Downs Inc. said Nov. 6 it is in a position to grow in various gaming areas, but is mum about what possible ventures might be considered in the future.

  • New Executives Named at Fair Grounds

    Austin Miller and Eric Halstrom have been appointed president and vice president of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, parent company Churchill Downs Inc. announced Oct. 27. Halstrom additionally was named general manager of racing.

  • Toe Grabs Banned at CDI Tracks

    Churchill Downs Inc., has implemented a new horseshoe policy at its four racetracks that bans the use of toe grabs greater than two millimeters. The new policy is effective immediately.

  • Patrick Valenzuela celebrates his 4000 win.

    Valenzuela Wins 4,000th Race

    Patrick Valenzuela, whose career as a jockey has been both troubled and brilliant, won his 4,000th race Oct. 9. His milestone victory came at Louisiana Downs aboard Burst of Light in a one-mile allowance/optional claiming event.

  • Conner Named FG Marketing Director

    Mark Conner, a 16-year veteran of the gaming industry, has been named the new director of marketing at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Purses to Increase at Fair Grounds

    Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced purses for its 137th season of Thoroughbred racing, which begins Nov. 14.

  • Randall E. Soth

    Fair Grounds President Soth Resigns

    Churchill Downs Inc. announced Aug. 14 that Randall Soth, who since September 2004 has served as president of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, is leaving CDI to pursue other career interests.

  • Boulet Named Racing Secretary at FG

    Louisiana native Jason Boulet has been named racing secretary at Fair Grounds. Boulet, 39, has served as racing secretary at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., since 2005.

  • Sam Abbey has been the director of racing and racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course for the past two seasons.

    Abbey Resigns From Fair Grounds Post

    Sam Abbey has resigned as director of racing and racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, track president Randy Soth said June 11.

  • Fair Grounds Expands Racing in 2008-09

    Fair Grounds will expand its racing season by two weeks next season and begin a locally-based meet prior to Thanksgiving for the first time in nearly 30 years, track president Randy Soth announced April 15.

  • CDI president Robert L. Evans

    CDI: 2007 Challenges, 2008 Opportunities

    Churchill Downs Inc. is asking for patience in seeing financial rewards from what it termed an $80 million investment into the advance deposit wagering industry in 2007, and promises to act on opportunities for the company's progress in 2008.

  • Pyro continues to move towards the Kentucky Derby with an impressive win in the Louisiana Derby.

    Pyro Makes Statement in La. Derby Win

    The doubters said that Pyro's last-to-first victory in the Risen Star (gr. III) was not as good as it looked. There won't be much for the skeptics to say after the Pulpit colt's latest performance, a commanding three-length score in the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 8 at Fair Grounds, a victory that cemented the Steve Asmussen trainee as one of the top two 3-year-olds in the country.

  • Proudinsky wins the Mervin Muniz (gr. IIT) March 8 at Fair Grounds. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3811566%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Proudinsky Tops Daytona at Fair Grounds

    Last December, Gary Tanaka's Proudinsky lost the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) to the Dan Hendricks-trained Daytona by just three-quarters of a length. But roles were reversed March 8, as Proudinsky nipped Daytona in the stretch of the $600,000 Mervyn Munitz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT).

  • Circular Quay (left) gets by a stubborn Grasshopper to take the New Orleans Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3811585%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    NO 'Cap: Circular Quay Nips Grasshopper

    Sometimes change is a good thing. Just ask trainer Todd Pletcher, who not only added blinkers to his struggling 4-year-old colt Circular Quay, but shipped him back to Fair Grounds, the site of his only win in eight previous starts. The moves paid off, as Circular Quay outfought a stubborn Grasshopper in a terrific stretch duel to take the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) by a half-length March 8.

  • Jockey Patin Arrested

    Louisiana-based jockey Joe Patin Jr. was arrested Feb. 29 in Beaux Bridge, La., on charges including possession of crack cocaine and reckless driving.

  • Tale of Ekati will be making his first start of 2008 in the Louisiana Derby (gr.II).

    Louisiana Derby Should Provide Answers

    With less than two months until the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), it is time that some of the highly-touted 3-year-olds begin to answer our questions. Many of those answers will be provided March 8 at Fair Grounds, when nine top challengers will do battle in the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II).

  • Steve Asmussen will send out Pyro (shown) and J Be K in the Louisiana Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3542585%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Asmussen Stablemates to Run in La. Derby

    With some important Triple Crown prep races on tap for the weekend of March 8, many trainers are looking for victories that could bring them closer to stamping their contenders' tickets for the first Saturday in May.

  • Fair Grounds Handicap winner Daytona will try to extend his winning streak in the Mervyn Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap.

    Daytona Heads Mervyn Muniz Memorial 'Cap

    Dan Hendricks saddled Daytona to four consecutive stakes victories in the past five months, his most recent being the Feb. 9 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT). In the March 8 Mervyn Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds, the trainer looks to extend that streak and add another graded win to his runner's resume.

  • Grasshopper looks to repeat his win in the Mineshaft in Saturday's New Orleans Handicap (gr. II).

    Grasshopper Good to Go in New Orleans

    The $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) is shaping up just like the Feb. 9 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) did, and that's fine as far as Neil Howard is concerned. The trainer sends 4-year-old Grasshopper to the March 8 event looking for the same form the colt showed in his Mineshaft victory - and Howard fully expects similar results.

  • Indian Blessing wiil face just three foes in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 8.

    Indian Blessing Favorite in FG Oaks

    Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing and archrival Proud Spell match strides for a third time in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) at Fair Grounds March 8.

  • Pyro got in his final major preparation for the March 8 Louisiana Derby (gr.II) in Monday morning at the New Orleans track.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3741908%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pyro Early Favorite in Louisiana Derby

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, who stamped himself as a leading Triple Crown contender after his win in last month's Risen Star Stakes (gr. III), is the 7-5 morning-line choice in a field of nine 3-year-olds entered in the March 8 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds.

  • Candy Ball and Miguel Mena cruise to victory in the Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap.

    Candy Ball Wires Bayou BC Handicap

    Candy Ball broke sharply and led every step of the way in the $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap Feb. 23 at Fair Grounds, soundly defeating five rivals in the 1 1/8-mile test that was moved to the dirt.

  • Pyro had an eventful five-furlong workout Feb 18 at his Fair Grounds base.

    Pyro Works; Avoids Loose Horse

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, impressive winner of the Feb. 9 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, worked Feb. 18 at the New Orleans track and had to avoid a loose horse in the process.

  • Pyro goes from last to first in the Risen Star.

    Pyro Smokes Field in Risen Star

    From the cavalry charge that entered the head of the lane for the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, a star emerged. Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro smoked the competition, making a huge last-to-first move under Shaun Bridgmohan at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.

  • Indian Blessing holds off Proud Spell to take the Silverbulletday.

    Indian Blessing Stays Perfect

    Last year's 2-year-old champion filly and Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Fillies (gr. I) winner won at her fifth different racetrack and captured her fourth graded stakes.

  • Daytona goes wire-to-wire to take the Fair Grounds Handicap.

    Daytona Wires Fair Grounds Handicap

    Daytona, coming off a Dec. 30 win in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita, kicked off his 4-year-old campaign with an emphatic wire-to-wire win in the $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT) Feb. 9.

  • Grasshopper powers to victory in the Mineshaft.

    No Denying Grasshopper in Mineshaft

    Grasshopper made an impressive 4-year-old debut and earned his first graded stakes victory when he took the $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.

  • Magna Graduate looks for a return to his winning ways in the $150,000 Mineshaft Stakes (gr. III)<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D979269%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Grasshopper Tackles Mineshaft

    Todd Pletcher trainee Magna Graduate has not scored a win since April 2007 and the Neil Howard-trained Grasshopper has not raced since a second-place finish in the Super Derby Sept. 22. Both are looking for a return to their winning ways in the $150,000 Mineshaft Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.

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    Indian Blessing In Silverbulletday

    Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing will attempt to maintain a perfect record for Hal and Patti Earnhardt when she leads a field of seven in the $200,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.

  • Better Talk Now and jockey Ramon Dominguez

    Better Talk Now in FG Handicap

    The ageless Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and a graded-stakes winner each of the last five years, heads the field for the $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT), part of Louisiana Derby (gr. II) Preview Day Feb. 9 at Fair Grounds.

  • Pyro is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the Risen Star (gr.  III).

    Pyro, Z Fortune Head Risen Star

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Pyro will make his 3-year-old debut in the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9, but don't think the Steve Asmussen trainee lacks experience. Prior to a Feb. 5 move over the Louisiana oval, his last two works were impressive bullets fired in company with 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin.