Keyword: Louisiana

  • 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."

  • I'm a Chatterbox flies home to take the Fair Grounds Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-jVg9nJ9">Order This Photo</a>

    I'm a Chatterbox Notches Easy FG Oaks Victory

    I'm a Chatterbox, a homebred racing for Fletcher and Carolyn Gray, won the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths as the 3-5 favorite March 28, sweeping the three stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds.

  • Chocolate Ride and Joe Talamo take the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-62DqpKL">Order This Photo</a>

    Streaking Chocolate Ride Wires Mervin Muniz

    The 5-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride, a former claimer, is now 3-for-3 at the 1 1/8-mile distance on the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots lawn, having aced the $300,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap (gr. IIT) March 28.

  • International Star will attempt to keep his winning streak alive March 28 in the Louisiana Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-c4PfjDL">Order This Photo</a>

    International Star Tops LA Derby Lineup

    Ranked second on the leaderboard for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and winner of two local preps, International Star will attempt to ace the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds on March 28.

  • Fair Grounds Preps a Tale of Two Sexes

    For the past decade the most productive path to Oaks success has been through Louisiana but during that same 10-year stretch, not a single Derby winner has prepped in the Pelican State.

  • 2-year-old champion American Pharoah is scheduled to make his 2015 debut in the March 14 Rebel Stakes.

    Zayat 3YOs Continue Cross-Country Derby Preps

    Zayat Stables will continue its chess game of 3-year-old prep racing by shipping Mr. Z to the March 28 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), while American Pharoah runs in the Rebel (gr. II) and El Kabeir starts in the Gotham (gr. II).

  • International Star and Miguel Mena take the Risen Star Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-c4PfjDL">Order This Photo</a>

    International Star Carries On in Risen Star

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star came back for more Feb. 21, punching through on the rail to win the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) after taking the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.

  • Street Babe (left) fights off Mystery Train to win the Mineshaft.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-4J9vVmz">Order This Photo</a>

    Street Babe Upsets Mineshaft Handicap

    Making just his third career start Feb. 21, and sent off at odds of 21-1, Anstu Stables' Street Babe upset the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Skyring won the 2014 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap.

    Skyring Back for Fair Grounds Handicap

    On Feb. 21, the 6-year-old son of English Channel returns with a new trainer, and his connections' hope that he can ace the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT), a race in which he finished second in 2014.

  • Sabercat won the 2011 Delta Downs Jackpot.

    Sabercat to Averett Farm in Louisiana

    Sabercat, a son of Bluegrass Cat and winner of the 2011 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III), will stand the 2015 breeding season at Gerald Averett Jr.'s Averett Farm in Louisiana. His fee will be $3,500.

  • String King fights for the win in the Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap.

    String King Game in Col. Bradley Victory

    Louisiana-bred String King put away tough pacesetter Gentleman's Kitten and carried on to a well-earned victory Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds, taking the $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) to become a graded winner.

  • Hard Aces rolls to victory in the Louisiana Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-QtN4pDs">Order This Photo</a>

    Hard Aces Upsets Albano in Louisiana 'Cap

    Albano was expected to ace the Louisiana Handicap in his Jan. 17 return to the races, but it was longshot Hard Aces who notched his first stakes score at odds of 9-1 in the $75,000 Fair Grounds event.

  • Top Decile finished second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2014-Breeders-Cup/Works/i-zBF3Gc7">Order This Photo</a>

    Top Decile Heads Silverbulletday

    The 23rd running of the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes has produced arguably the most impressive field in recent memory with its nine entrants for Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds, including Top Decile and West Coast Belle.

  • Villandry won the 2014 River City Handicap.

    Catalano Looks to Topple Villandry in Bradley

    In the Nov. 8 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT), Gainesway Stable's Villandry finally notched a graded win for trainer Charles LoPresti. Following a move to the barn of David Carroll, he looms Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds.

  • Savoy Stomp at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale.

    Pricey Savoy Stomp Seeks Lecomte Victory

    Savoy Stomp, an $875,000 purchase from the 2013 Saratoga Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale, could be the one to beat for Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable in a group of 11 entered for the Lecomte.

  • Take Charge Brandi and Paco Lopez take the Delta Downs Princess Stakes.

    Take Charge Brandi Takes Down Delta Princess

    Proving her Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) victory was no fluke, Willis Horton's Take Charge Brandi returned Nov. 22 to claim the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) as the favorite at Delta Downs.

  • THS: Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs this weekend. This is a 2-year-old race that kicks off the Kentucky Derby trail.

  • Mr. Z takes on a full field in the Delta Downs Jackpot.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2014-Breeders-Cup/Works/i-Tq6XGKp">Order This Photo</a>

    Mr. Z Tops Competitive Delta Jackpot Field

    Zayat Stables' Mr. Z, coming off a fifth-place finish in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), heads a group of 10 plus two also-eligibles for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) Nov. 22.