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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, February 21 2014
FAIR GROUNDS ANNOUNCES PURSE ADJUSTMENT
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, February 20, 2014) – Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots announced a 10% reduction to overnight purses for the remainder of its 2013-2014 meet.
After carefully monitoring handle generated through the first 57 days of this race meet and purse supplements from slots and video poker operations, it has become necessary to make this adjustment.
Tuesday, February 18 2014
Stakes Advance: Vicar’s In Trouble Heads Overflow Risen Star Field
NEW ORLEANS (February 17, 2014) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s in Trouble, dominant 6 ¾- length hero of the Grade III Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Jan. 18, may be a slight choice in the wagering when he faces an overflow field of 13 challengers with two also-eligibles in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes, the Crescent City oval’s showcase event on Louisiana Derby Preview Day.
Friday, February 14 2014
PLETCHER PLANS FOR LOUISIANA DERBY PREVIEW DAY
• Risen Star Prospect Hoppertunity Records Monday Move at Santa Anita
• Rachel Alexandra Stakes Coming Up Strong as Fair Grounds Oaks Preview
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, February 13, 2014) –Ubiquitous Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, whose New Orleans invaders have won three of the last six renewals of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, will be sending Starlight Racing’s Intense Holiday to this year’s 41st running of the Risen Star, centerpiece event of four graded stakes on the New Orleans oval’s upcoming Louisiana Derby Preview Day Feb. 22.
Thursday, February 13 2014
Stakes Advance: Gentilly Stakes & Sarah Lane’s Oates
H AN F’S SENSATION HEADS FG’S GENTILLY STAKES
• Artist Cry Appears Best in Saturday’s Sarah Lane’s Oates Stakes
NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, February 12, 2014) –Time Will Tell LLC and Last Mango Racing Stable’s H an F’s Sensation, who scored the second win of his brief career in first level allowance company at Delta Downs on Jan. 18, may rule the choice when he heads a field of eight accredited Louisiana-bred sophomores in Saturday’s 33rd running of the $60,000 Gentilly Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Saturday, January 18 2014
Stakes Recap: Grade III Lecomte Stakes
LOUISIANA-BRED VICAR’S IN TROUBLE WINS G3 LECOMTE
NEW ORLEANS (January 18, 2014) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Louisiana-bred Vicar’s in Trouble, a well-regarded second choice in the wagering in Saturday’s Grade III Lecomte Stakes on Road to the Derby Day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, became the first Louisiana-bred horse since One Tough Cat in 1987 to win the first leg of a three-race series that will conclude with the $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 29 at the Crescent City oval.