Keyword: Gerard Melancon

  • Jockey Valet

    Valets Smooth Way for Jockeys

    "Once the races start everything comes at you all at once," says valet Doug Gilbert. "The job is non-stop and fast-paced. Everybody is trying to get to where they have to be for the next race. You can't be half-stepping."

  • Star Guitar wins the Louisiana Legends Night Classic

    Star Guitar Rocks in Record Performance

    Star Guitar, the all-time leading Louisiana-bred earner, added to his legacy June 30 when he rallied to win the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Night Classic at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in track record time.

  • Sabercat leads them home in the Delta Downs Jackpot.

    Sabercat Roars to Delta Jackpot Surprise

    It's a long ways down the road but Sabercat locked up a spot in next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with an emphatic win in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds Nov. 19.

  • Z Humor controls the pace to win the Maxxam Gold Cup.

    No Catching Z Humor in Maxxam Gold Cup

    Z Humor went gate to wire to win the $150,000 Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston Race Park on the night of March 5, turning back a serious challenge in the stretch for an 11-1 upset.

  • Gerard Melancon

    Inside Track: Record Smasher

    <i>By Gary McMillen</i> - Records are made to be broken. Yada, yada, yada. You never hear anybody say that records are made to be smashed.

  • Liberty Bull scores by two lengths in the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park March 16.

    Liberty Bull Rushes to WinStar Derby Win

    Liberty Bull, third behind Denis of Cork and Sierra Sunset in the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) last time out, made that race look even better with a sharp two-length victory in the rich $600,000 WinStar Derby at New Mexico's Sunland Park March 16.

  • Gerard Melancon Collects Milestone 3,000th Victory

    Jockey Gerard Melancon recorded the 3,000th victory of his career in the ninth race, a $31,000 entry level allowance race for Louisiana breds, Thursday evening at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino.

  • K.O. for Middleweight in Maxxam Gold Cup

    Trainer Al Stall Jr. couldn't make the trip to Houston from Louisiana, but he liked what he saw via simulcast as Middleweight captured the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup Handicap Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park.

  • Unbeaten Placid Star Beats Louisiana Breds

    Heavy favorite Placid Star kept her perfect record intact, streaking home to win the $100,000 Sarah Lane's Oates Handicap for 3-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies in impressive fashion Saturday at Fair Grounds.

  • Movant, Skate Away Win Fair Grounds Stakes

    Both $60,000 co-features Saturday at Fair Grounds provided thrilling stretch duels, with Movant prevailing over Sister Swank in the Thelma and Skate Away turning the tables on Warleigh in the Col E.R. Bradley.

  • Ex-Claimer Bluesthestandard Takes Texas Mile

    Rags to riches Bluesthestandard became a multiple graded stakes winner Saturday with an authoritative four-length score over Bonapaw in the $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Fuse It Charges to Victory in Red Camelia

    Fuse It became a two-time stakes winner at the Fair Grounds meet Sunday, winning the $100,000 Red Camelia Handicap for Louisiana bred mares by a length over Mysia Jo.

  • Zarb's Music Dances to Gentilly Victory

    Racing for the first time on the grass, 16-1 shot Zarb's Music cashed in with a solid victory over the Stall-Wilson turf course in the $100,000 Gentilly Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds.

  • Cojet Buzzes Mountain General in Col. Power

    With a short field and a sharp horse on his hands, trainer Bob Holthus took a chance on Cojet, who won the $75,000 Colonel Power Handicap at Fair Grounds Sunday.

  • Jockey Gerard Melancon.

    Crackdown: Rider Gerard Melancon Wins Race Against Addiction

    Addiction to crack cocaine can cost you your job, your family, and sometimes your life. Just ask jockey Gerard Melancon, who came close to losing the whole package. Melancon, currently vying for the top spot among riders at Fair Grounds, tumbled as far as a man can fall since his heady days of early stardom nearly 20 years ago.

  • Deja Vu in New Orleans: Bonapaw Sets Stakes Record

    For the second consecutive year, Jim and Dennis Richard's Bonapaw set a stakes record while winning the Thanksgiving Day Handicap on the opening-day card at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.