Wednesday, March 25 2015
Louisiana Derby Post Position Quotes
POST 1 – STANFORD (Florent Geroux, 5-1)
Todd Pletcher (trainer) – “(I’m) happy with the post. He will likely be forwardly placed.”
POST 2 – MR. Z (Kent Desormeaux, 4-1)
D. Wayne Lukas (trainer) – “I don’t think it makes too much of a difference. There’s a good run to the first turn and nine horses. It’s fine; a good post and he has good natural speed.”
Friday, March 20 2015
ST. JOE BAY LIKELY FOR LOUISIANA DERBY
Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen’s St. Joe Bay is likely to return to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots from his California base for the Grade II $750,000 Louisiana Derby on Mar. 28, according to conditioner Peter Miller. The dark bay son of Saint Anddan set a quick pace while hounded by 111-1 longshot Hero of Humor in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds – including a first quarter in :23.29 and a half-mile in :47.08 – before holding on for a game fourth, beaten less than three lengths by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s multiple graded stakes winner International Star.
Thursday, March 19 2015
WAR STORY BULLETS IN FINAL LOUISIANA DERBY WORK
Loooch Racing Stables and Chris Dunn’s War Story put the finishing touches on his preparation for the Grade II $750,000 Louisiana Derby (Mar.28) on Wednesday morning with a bullet work in :58.80 over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots main track for trainer Tom Amoss. Working early in the morning, the son of Northern Afleet negotiated those five panels in a move that mirrored his bullet work at Oaklawn Park in :47 flat on Feb. 11 – his final preparation prior to a runner-up finish in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 21.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.