Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a stakes schedule with 57 stakes worth more than $6.69 million for the 146th Thoroughbred racing season at the New Orleans oval. Opening day is slated for Nov. 18 and will include four overnight stakes.
|Duncan F. Kenner S.||$75,000g||4&up||6f||Details|
|Colonel E. R. Bradley H. (G3T)||$125,000g||4&up||8.5f T||Details|
|Silverbulletday S.||$150,000g||3yos, Fillies||8.32f||Details|
|Marie G. Krantz Memorial S.||$75,000g||4&up, f/m||8.5f T||Details|
|LeComte S. (G3)||$200,000g||3yos||8.32f||Details|
|Big Easy Overnight S.||$50,000g||4&up, f/m||5.5f T||Details|
|Keith Gee Memorial Overnight S.||$50,000g||3yos||8f T||Details|
|Joseph E. Spanky Broussard Memorial Overnight S.||$50,000g||3yos, Fillies||8f T||Details|
|Colonel Power Overnight S.||$50,000g||4&up||5.5f T||Details|
|Daisy Devine S.||$75,000g||4&up, f/m||8.5f T||Details|
|Mineshaft H. (G3)||$125,000g||4&up||8.5f||Details|
|Rachel Alexandra S. (G2)||$200,000g||3yos, Fillies||8.5f||Details|
|Fair Grounds H. (G3T)||$125,000g||4&up||9f T||Details|
|Risen Star S. (G2)||$400,000g||3yos||8.5f||Details|
|Mardi Gras S.||$75,000g||4&up, f/m||5.5f T||Details|
|Dixie Poker Ace S.||$60,000g||4&up||8f T||Details|
|Allen Black Cat LaCombe Memorial Overnight S.||$50,000g||3yos, Fillies||8.5f T||Details|
|Red Camelia S.||$60,000g||4&up, f/m||8f T||Details|
|New Orleans Ladies Overnight S.||$50,000g||4&up, f/m||8.5f T||Details|
|Crescent City Oaks||$75,000g||3yos, Fillies||8.32f||Details|
|Crescent City Derby||$75,000g||3yos||8.5f||Details|
|New Orleans H. (G2)||$400,000g||4&up||9f||Details|
|Muniz Memorial H. (G2T)||$300,000g||4&up||9f T||Details|
|Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2)||$400,000g||3yos, Fillies||8.5f||Details|
|Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2)||$1,000,000g||3yos||9f||Details|
|Costa Rising S.||$60,000g||4&up||5.5f T||Details|
|Star Guitar S.||$60,000g||4&up||8.5f||Details|
|Mr. Sulu Overnight S.||$50,000g||3&up||8f T||Details|
|Happy Ticket Overnight S.||$50,000g||3&up, f/m||6f||Details|
|Si Cima Overnight S.||$50,000g||3&up, f/m||8f T||Details|
|Heitai Overnight S.||$50,000g||3&up||6f||Details|
|Richard Scherer Memorial S.||$50,000||3&up, f/m||5.5f T|
|Richard Scherer Memorial S.||$50,000||3&up, f/m||5.5f T|
|Richard R. Scherer Memorial S||$50,000||3&up, f/m||5.5f T|
|Magic City Classic||$40,000||3&up,||8f|
|Louisiana Champions Day Classic||$150,000||3&up,||9f|
|Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile S||$100,000||2yo,||6f|
|Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf S||$100,000||3&up, f/m||8.5f T|
|Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint S||$100,000||3&up, f/m||6f|
|Louisiana Champions Day Lassie S||$100,000||2yo, f||6f|
|Louisiana Champions Day Sprint S||$100,000||3&up,||6f|
|Louisiana Champions Day Turf S||$100,000||3&up,||8.5f T|
|Louisiana Champions Day Starter||$50,000||3&up,||8f T|
|Blushing K.D. S||$75,000||3&up, f/m||8.5f T|
|Bonapaw S||$75,000||3&up,||5.5f T|
|Buddy Diliberto Memorial S||$75,000||3&up,||8.5f T|
|Letellier Memorial S||$50,000||2yo, f||6f|
|Sugar Bowl S||$50,000||2yo,||6f|
|Tiffany Lass S||$50,000||3&up, f/m||8.32f|
|Pago Hop S||$75,000||3yo, f||8f T|
|Woodchopper S||$75,000||3yo,||8f T|
|Louisiana Futurity||$100,000||2yo, c/g||6f|
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Girvin booked his trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (G1) with a 1 1/4-length victory over Patch in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Coffee Pot Stable's homebred Farrell, by Malibu Moon, drew clear in the lane of the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) to win by 31/4 lengths.
Maxis Stable's Enterprising once again found himself in the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots winner's circle with a determined win April 1 in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2T).
DARRS Inc's Honorable Duty recorded his third consecutive stakes win in as many starts since being gelded last year, running down Breaking Lucky by a neck to capture the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots April 1.
Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan earned his 3,000th victory April 1, when he guided Allied Racing Stable's Brad Cox-trained Inveniam Viam to a 3 1/4-length victory in the day's first race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
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Trainer Todd Pletcher has proven three times in the past decade that he can ship in and win the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) and this year he brings an intriguing duo of lightly raced, recent graduates for powerful owners.
Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze March 25 for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, leading a coast-to-coast slate of sophomore works.
Coffee Pot Stables' homebred Farrell turned in an impressive move in her preparations for the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), drilling a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots March 18.
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner elicited the usual strong reviews for his final work before shipping for the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), covering six furlongs in 1:12 March 11.
With trainer Joe Sharp on workmate Cool Arrow and his wife, former jockey Rosie Napravnik, at the helm of the stable's newest big horse, Girvin turned in first move since his win in the Risen Star (G2) and covered a half-mile in :49 March 11.
Potential Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) contenders Farrell and Valadorna breezed March 10 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Farrell drilled a half-mile in :49 3/5, while Valadorna went in :49 1/5.
After turning in his first workout since capturing the Feb. 20 Razorback Handicap (G3) in his seasonal bow, Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner let his connections know he is willing to be Dubai bound.
Before Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred broke through to win her first stakes in the 2015 Silverbulletday, the plan was to make her a grass horse, but the eight-length score was enough to convince Jones to keep her on dirt.
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Both Brad Grady's Girvin and Coffeepot Stables' Farrell exited their Feb. 25 grade 2 victories well, according to their respective connections.
The Risen Star Stakes (G2) became an unlikely coming out party for Brad Grady's Girvin when he captured the $400,000 test by two lengths over Untrapped, earning 50 qualifying points on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
Honorable Duty called up all his improved fortitude in the stretch of the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) Feb. 25 when he held strong over International Star and a stubborn Dazzling Gem to take the 1 1/16-mile test by half a length.
Maxis Stable's Enterprising stalked favorite Oscar Nominated and gained an advantage in the deep stretch to win the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3T) Feb. 25 by three-quarters of a length to give trainer Mike Maker the exacta for the race.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have a full slate of stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, a Kentucky Oaks (G1) prep at Aqueduct Racetrack, and more.
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