Sunday, February 22 2015


GRADE II RISEN STAR STAKES


Mike Maker (trainer, International Star, 1st) – “He was doing super and he ran as advertised. I wasn’t worried about the post. Realistically I thought we had an outside trip and we wound up having a trip like in the Lecomte turning for home looked.” On coming back for the Louisiana Derby: “Not going to change routes for him; he loves it (at Fair Grounds) and there’s no reason to change course.”





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Grade III Rachel Alexandra Quotes


Florent Geroux (jockey, I’m a Chatterbox, winner) – “She just relaxed on her own. Coming from the 10-hole, we had to either go, sit very close or take back. When everyone went, I decided to take her back and she was relaxing very nicely. I kept an eye on Rafael on (Angela Renee) and made him stay with horses a little longer and made him wait a little bit. My filly was very nice. Even if he would have come with me head-to-head from the half-mile pole to the finish line, my filly was the best today.”





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Friday, February 20 2015


Barn Notes: Friday, February 20


J S BACH TO BE SCRATCHED FROM RISEN STAR

According to trainer Todd Pletcher, J S Bach will be scratched from the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes because of a fever detected on Wednesday. Expected to vie for favoritism after commencing his career with two impressive races – including earning an 87 Beyer Speed Figure while romping in a 1 1/16-miles maiden special weight on Jan. 17 – the Florida-bred son of Tale of the Cat will now have to wait for his stakes debut. Owned and bred by Donald Dizney and his Double Diamond Farm, no plans for said contingency are yet available.





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Tuesday, February 17 2015


STAKES ADVANCES: Grade III Mineshaft Handicap & Duncan F. Kenner Stakes


GRADE I WINNER MAJESTIC HARBOR HEADLINES MINESHAFT HANDICAP; DELAUNAY SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN KENNER

NEW ORLEANS (February 16, 2015) – Grade I winner Majestic Harbor returns to the scene of his first career win in Saturday’s Grade III $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots as part of Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford. The Mineshaft will be run at 1 1/16-miles on the main track and is carded as the eighth race on a 12-race card – the first leg of a 50-cent All-Stakes Pick-4.





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STAKES ADVANCE: Grade II Risen Star Stakes


INTERNATIONAL STAR AND IMPERIA TOP STELLAR RISEN STAR

NEW ORLEANS (February 16, 2015) – Ten talented sophomores – five locally based and five shipping in – highlight a competitive renewal filled with promising Triple Crown hopefuls of the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Saturday, Feb. 21. Topped by graded stakes-winning ship-ins International Star and Imperia, the Risen Star goes as the 11th on a 12-race Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford card that features five other stakes. First post is 12:30 p.m.





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Tuesday, January 13 2015


Stakes Advances: Louisiana Stakes


ALBANO KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN IN LOUISIANA STAKES


NEW ORLEANS (Monday, January 12, 2015) – Brereton C. Jones’ Albano will look to kick off what could be a breakthrough year for the son of Istan when he heads a six-horse field for the 69th running of the 1 1/16-mile Listed $75,000 Louisiana Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday afternoon. Trained by Larry Jones, the bay 4-year-old exits a sophomore season that saw him win the Grade III $150,000 Pegasus Stakes, finish second to subsequent Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern in the Grade I $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational and place in three other graded stakes. Since returning to training, the Kentucky-bred has worked phenomenally, including five bullet works in his last seven moves – highlighted by a five-furlong breeze in :59.60 on Jan. 6. Kerwin Clark rides from post five.





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Sunday, March 30 2014


STAKES RECAP: Vicar’s In Trouble Rules Again in Louisiana Derby


LEADS WIRE-TO-WIRE IN $1 MILLION SHOWCASE RACE

NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 29, 2014) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s in Trouble, so impressive winning the Grade III Lecomte Stakes here by 6 ¾-lengths Jan. 18 but compromised by an unfavorable outside post in the Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 22 when he finished third, returned to his winning ways with 3 ½-length front-running victory in Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots with Fair Grounds’ soon-to-be four-time defending jockey champion Rosie Napravnik aboard.





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Louisiana Derby Quotes


Rosie Napravnik, Vicar’s In Trouble, winner: “You know he is a tiny horse but he’s got a great big heart.”

Mike Smith, Intense Holiday, 2nd: "The inside horse jumped-out, right on me. But the race was over at that point. She (Rosie Napravnik) rode a great race. A brilliant race actually. It turned it into a two furlong sprint not a 3/8's type race where we can run out."





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Friday, March 28 2014


PLETCHER’S TRIO TUNING UP FOR SATURDAY’S SHOW


NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 28, 2014) –Starlight Racing and Jack Wolf’s Intense Holiday, who has been installed as the morning line 2-1 favorite in Saturday’s 101st running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby, arrived at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Thursday shortly after noon along with Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, the 8-5 early line favorite for Saturday’s 90th anniversary edition of the Grade II New Orleans Handicap.





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Thursday, March 27 2014


Intense Holiday Heads $1 Million Louisiana Derby


IN TROUBLE, RISE UP, ‘HAWK’, ‘VICAR’ AMONG RIVALS

NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 26, 2014) – Starlight Racing and Jack Wolf’s Intense Holiday, winner of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Louisiana Derby Preview Day Feb. 22, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 101st running of the Grade II $1 million Louisiana Derby, centerpiece race of the historic New Orleans oval’s 84-day meeting.





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PALACE MALICE FAVORED IN NEW ORLEANS HANDICAP


NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 26, 2014) – Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, hero of last spring’s Belmont Stakes as the final jewel of racing’s 2013 Triple Crown, will go to the post in Saturday’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap with 121 pounds and the favorite’s mantle in the field of eight older horses.





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Sunday, February 23 2014


GRADE II RISEN STAR STAKES


Mike Smith (jockey, Intense Holiday, winner): “Well, in the very beginning he kind of slipped leaving there which turned out to be a good thing. It kind of scared him and he got up on the bridle which I wanted him to be but he was a bit too keen early. So when I finally talked him out of it he just completely let go and I was like ‘uh no, not that much.’ I asked him again and he jumped back on it again and I had to talk him out it or he would let go too much. There was a lot of room to improve there and a lot of room to grow. What I really liked at the end was galloping out, after I stopped him, you can tell when a 3-year-old has had enough. He took one breath and came back so we did not get to the bottom of him.





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