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  • 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.

  • Curlin will make his first two starts of 2008 in Dubai.

    Curlin Going to Dubai World Cup

    Horse of the Year Curlin is being pointed to the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 29 at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse to make his first start of 2008, majority owner Jess Jackson said.

  • Curlin, Pyro Impressive in Workouts

    Horse of the Year Curlin, pointing toward a 4-year-old campaign, and 3-year-old contender Pyro were noses apart at the finish of a six-furlong tandem workout officially timed in 1:13 at Fair Grounds Jan. 30.

  • Jockey Julien Leparoux is shifting his tack to the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

    Leparoux Moves to Fair Grounds

    Jockey Julien Leparoux is shifting his tack to Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La., after spending about six weeks in California, according to the jockey's agent, Steve Bass.

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    Curlin Works at Fair Grounds

    Potential Horse of the Year Curlin turned in a slightly faster work at Fair Grounds Jan. 12, going four furlongs in :51.20 six days after he went the same distance in :53.40.

  • Z Fortune pulls away to score his first graded stakes victory in the LeComte.

    Z Fortune Moves up in LeComte

    Zayat Stables' Z Fortune put himself near the top of trainer Steve Asmussen's 3-year-old list when he came from off the pace to take the $100,000 LeComte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Jan. 12.

  • Jolie the Cat claws her way to victory in the Tiffany Lass.

    Fair Grounds Winners Pay Well

    The four ungraded $100,000 stakes races at Fair Grounds' "Road to the Derby Kickoff Day" were all about gate-to-wire wins and solid payoffs, as all but one of the winners paid more than $10 while setting or contesting the pace to do so at the Louisiana track Jan. 12.

  • Einstein and Trainer Helen Pitts.

    Einstein Sharp in Gulfstream Return

    Midnight Cry Stable's 6-year-old Einstein made an emphatic comeback from eight months on the sidelines Jan. 11 at Gulfstream Park with a one-length victory going a mile on turf in a classy $59,500 allowance race.

  • Stormin Baghdad headlines the F.W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes.

    Six Stakes at Fair Grounds Jan. 12

    Fair Grounds' "Road to the Derby" Jan. 12 kickoff day is headed by Silverfoot in the Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) and Blackberry Road in the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III), but four other $100,000 stakes races have drawn familiar names as well.

  • Kentucky Cup Juvenile winner Texas Fever takes on favored Blackberry Road in the Lecomte Stakes.

    Blackberry Road Favored in Lecomte

    Dogwood Stable's Blackberry Road may be the 7-2 morning line choice for the $100,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III), but he'll face two unbeaten runners, a graded stakes winner, and an impressive 9 1/4 length victor when a field of nine heads to the post at the Fair Grounds Jan. 12.

  • Commentary: Past Posting

    <i>By Ed Martin</i> - Sometimes it's good that racing does not command the front page of USA Today's sports section as often as it should.

  • HRTV to Launch 'RaceDay America'

    With the busy winter racing schedule under way, HorseRacing TV will debut a new daily 90-minute show, "RaceDay America," beginning New Year's Day, Jan. 1, at 11:30 a.m. EST.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen, Bridgmohan Dominate at FG

    The inaugural "Santa Sprint Saturday" package at Fair Grounds turned into a two-man show Dec. 22, as trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan combined to win all four $100,000 dirt stakes and racked up a whopping six victories on the 10-race card.

  • Thanksgiving Handicap winner Stormin Baghdad tries turf in the Bonapaw.

    'Baghdad' to Try Turf in Bonapaw

    A winner of five of seven starts this year, Midnight Cry Stable's homebred Stormin Baghdad headlines a field of 13 for the Dec. 22 Bonapaw Stakes, the last of four $100,000 stakes on the inaugural "Santa Sprint Saturday" card at Fair Grounds.

  • KHRA Studies Past-Posting Incident

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority will form a subcommittee to investigate an incident in which wagering on a Fair Grounds race at Keeneland remained available while a race was in progress, officials said Dec. 17.

  • 2007 Breeders&#39; Cup Winner Curlin

    Curlin Ships to Fair Grounds

    Curlin, the leading candidate for 2007 Horse of the Year, arrived at Fair Grounds Nov. 27 following a van ride from Churchill Downs, but his racing future is still undecided.