Wednesday, February 22 2017

Fair Grounds Barn Notes: Sunday, February 19

Girvin, Cool Arrow Give Sharp a One-Two Punch in Risen Star
• Souper Tapit Superb on Debut for Casse
• Daria’s Angel Impressive in Graduation
• Green Mask After Another Stakes Win in Colonel Power
• Farrell and Valadorna Top Work Tab; Risen Star Runners Drill


The Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes features a pair of Joe Sharp trainees — Girvin and Cool Arrow — who bear watching and respecting for different reasons. Cool Arrow, by white-hot sire Into Mischief, is a proven commodity. In six career starts, he has won three races and annexed two stakes events. Last out, in the $300,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park, he easily wired a field of 12 by 3½ lengths. Ridden by Luis Saez that day, he gets the services of his cousin Gabriel for the first time on Saturday.

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Friday, March 25 2016

Fair Grounds Barn Notes: Friday, March 25

• Candy My Boy Team Confident
• Can’thelpbelieving out of Muniz
• Closing Bell Gets Back to Turf in Muniz
• Ahh Chocolate Remains on Course for Graded Stakes
• Take the Stand Ready to Testify in Muniz
• Talented Sweet Acclaim Returns in Saturday Allowance


Candy My Boy has the appearance of an outsider on paper going into Saturday’s Grade II $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Exiting a fourth-place finish after setting the pace and fading to 2 ¼ lengths back at the finish in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 20, the two-time winner – both at Fair Grounds – will try to improve, while stepping up in trip for owner Frank Mancari and trainer Roger Brueggemann. Still, the Brueggemann camp is adamant that the son of Candy Ride and stakes winner Runway Rosie can run a big one in the 1 1/8 miles meet centerpiece.

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Sunday, February 21 2016


Florent Geroux (jockey, Chocolate Ride, winner): "You never know how these races are going to unfold, but we had the best horse. He can run on the lead or take off it. He's a very tough horse, especially on this turf course. He's very hard to catch. Brad and his team have done a great job with him keeping him healthy and happy.”
Brad Cox (trainer, Chocolate Ride, winner): “It's been a big day and it's all about the help. They do a tremendous job and winning today is a reflection of their hard work. He loves this turf course. It worked out today and he's really doing well. The Muniz next is the obvious spot.”

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Florent Geroux (jockey, Gun Runner, winner): “He's a very nice horse. I've really liked him since the first time I was on his back a few weeks ago working in the morning. He's super athletic. I was very confident. I wanted to make sure I saved some ground. Earlier I got beat (with Stageplay) and was stuck going wide the whole way. It looked like the track was playing a little bit more inside-favoring. I kept him down there until I asked him to go and he ran a great race.”

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Corey Lanerie (jockey, Venus Valentine, winner): “They told me she was a longshot today but she was doing really good and to just let her run her race.”

Tom Amoss (trainer, Venus Valentine, winner): “She’s been a bit of a guessing game. She won her first start for us and we knew she had great raw talent. She was tying up and cramping up a lot muscle-wise. We solved this problem…we felt she had a real chance based on how she was coming into the race.”

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Thursday, February 18 2016

Barn Notes:  Monday, February 15

• Gun Runner Ready for Risen Star
• Risen Star Loses Laoban
• Bistraya Puts in Final Risen Star Work
• Forevamo Steps Up, Departing Moves Back to Turf for Stall
• Forever Darling Invades for Rachel Alexandra
• Stakes Work Tab (Sat-Mon)


Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner completed his final serious work before Saturday’s Grade II $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes on Monday morning, negotiating a half-mile in 50.40 under exercise rider Carlos Rosas. The Steve Asmussen trainee figures to be one of the favorites in the 1 1/16-miles event on the merits of his game fourth-place finish last out in the Grade II $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28 and a sharp allowance victory at Keeneland in October – both at the Risen Star trip.

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Saturday, January 16 2016

Stakes Quotes:  Lecomte Stakes & Silverbulletday Stakes

GRADE III Lecomte Stakes

Corey Lanerie (jockey, Mo Tom, winner): “It was good, he broke really good and got pinched a little bit going into the first turn. We got knocked a little off stride there but he gathered himself up really good. Down the backside I was pretty confident, especially when I called on him to get in a little bit better position. On the middle of the turn I was going to try to maybe weave my way through but I had so much horse I said, ‘let me just put him in the clear.’”

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Friday, November 27 2015

STAKES RECAP: Thanksgiving Handicap


NEW ORLEANS (November 26, 2015)
– In lieu of turkey this year, defending meet champion owner Maggi Moss’ and trainer Tom Amos had their Control Stake well done on Thursday afternoon when the sophomore son of Discreetly Mine – the lone 3-year-old in the field – proved swiftest of the swift in the 91st running of the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Breaking on top from post five, the bay colt held off Robert Persons and Earl Conrad Sanderson, Jr.’s Officer Griffin throughout and powered home to a 1¼-length victory, giving the owner-trainer team their third victory in the race and second in a row following Delaunay’s romp in 2014.

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Friday, November 20 2015

Fair Grounds Barn Notes: Thursday, November 19

• Rachel Alexandra Half-Brother Debuts Sunday
• Amoss Aiming for a Dozen and a Derby
• Eden Prairie Tops Salty Saturday Allowance
• Heitai Looking Like a Million for Saturday’s Return
• Work Tab


Dolphus, a half-brother to Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly of 2009 Rachel Alexandra, will make his career debut in Sunday’s sixth race for trainer Joe Sharp in a six-furlong maiden special weight at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Owned and bred by Dede McGehee’s Heaven Trees Farm, the son of multiple champion Lookin at Lucky has had a steady stream of works for his able conditioner, including a bullet five-furlong gate move at Churchill Downs Trackside on Nov. 11. In his first work over the local surface, the chestnut charge worked a half-mile in :49.60.

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Sunday, November 15 2015

Fair Grounds Barn Notes


A combination of a star-studded jockey colony and renowned trainer roster highlights what looks to be a promising and exciting 144th thoroughbred racing season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

With defending champion jockey James Graham shifting his tack to California, the rider title appears up for grabs in 2015-16. All three members of the three-way tie for second last season – Miguel Mena, Florent Geroux and Francisco Torres – return this season and are joined by returning veterans Richard Eramia, Robby Albarado, Willie Martinez, Brian Hernandez Jr. and Jamie Theriot.

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Saturday, March 28 2015

Louisiana Derby Week Notes: Friday, March 27

Coalport Continues to Impress
• Swift Jugni Stretches Out in Fair Grounds Oaks
• Good Deed Ready to Take on the Boys
• Bluff to Aim toward Keeneland Allowance
• Mizz Money to Appalachian

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Thursday, March 26 2015

Louisiana Derby Week Notes: Thursday, March 26

• Slumber Looms Large in Muniz
• Stanford, Divine Oath and Red Rifle Ship Well for Pletcher
• Lovely Maria Likely for Ashland
• Grade I-winning Turf Mare La Tia Retired

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