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Saturday, March 23 2013


PLETCHER TUNES UP ‘LIVE’ QUINTET FOR DERBY DAY


• Revolutionary, Palace Malice Coming for Louisiana Derby
• Unlimited Budget Returning to New Orleans for Fair Grounds Oaks
• Graydar Gearing Up for Battle in New Orleans Handicap
• Doubles Partner Well-Matched in Muniz Memorial Handicap





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Monday, March 18 2013


BOURBON COURAGE: ONE MORE ROUND


• Ground Transport Fires Another Bullet Saturday for Louisiana Derby
• New Orleans Saints Package Part of FG’s Crawfish Boil Monday
• Jockey Pat Johnson Suffers Broken Collarbone Saturday
• Trainer Mike Maker Gets 1,000th Win; Adds 1,001 Later at FG
• Updated Louisiana Derby Probables





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Saturday, March 16 2013


ICON IKE TAKES COMMAND OF COLONEL POWER


• Extravaganza Bests Storm’s Promise, Monono in Happy Ticket


NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 16, 2013) – Taking advantage of the contentious speed duel up front in Saturday’s 25th renewal of the $75,000 Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Fletcher and Carolyn Gray’s Icon Ike responded to the commands of jockey James Graham in the final furlong and drew off late for a 2 3/4-length score at the wire.





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LATEST LOUISIANA DERBY PROBABLES


Based on Racing Office updates, published news reports and interviews with horsemen.
Louisiana Derby nominations close Saturday. Entries to be drawn March 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the Fair Grounds paddock.





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Friday, March 15 2013


SUM OF THE PARTS TOP PICK IN COLONEL POWER


• Undefeated Same Cross Risks Victory Skein in Happy Ticket Stakes

Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, away from competition since a fourth-place finish in Santa Anita’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint last Nov. 3, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite when he makes his first start of the year in Saturday’s $75,000 Colonel Power Stakes at about 5 1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.





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Tuesday, March 12 2013


HERNANDEZ: ‘ONLY MY PRIDE BRUISED’


• Believe You Can Being Prepared for Championship Run
• Delaunay in Fine Fettle Following Saturday’s Duncan Kenner





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Sunday, March 10 2013


BELIEVE YOU CAN UNBELIEVABLE IN N.O. LADIES


• Delaunay Does It Again in Saturday’s $150,000 Duncan F. Kenner

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 9, 2013) – Brereton Jones’s Believe You Can, away alertly and quickly in command, made the pace and increased the margin while galloping out in the late stages to a 5 3/4-length win in Saturday’s fourth running of the listed $150,000 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.





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Saturday, September 01 2012


Remainder of Summer Quarter Horse Meet Canceled in Aftermath of Hurricane Isaac


NEW ORLEANS (Friday, August 31, 2012) – After consulting with the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association and the Louisiana State Racing Commission, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has canceled the remainder of the 2012 Summer Quarter Horse Meet due to complications caused by Hurricane Isaac, pending official LSRC approval.

The last four days of the season, originally scheduled for Wednesday to Saturday of this week, were postponed as the storm that would become Hurricane Isaac moved into the Gulf of Mexico last weekend. A mandatory evacuation of the Fair Grounds barn area sent about 700 horses to safer locations throughout the region.





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Monday, August 27 2012


Fair Grounds Declares Mandatory Evacuation of Barn Area Due to Isaac; This Week’s Live Racing Cancel


NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, August 26, 2012) – Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots officials have declared a mandatory evacuation of its barn area in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to become a hurricane as it moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The evacuation applies to about 700 horses currently stabled at Fair Grounds for its Summer Quarter Horse Meet, as well as all backside workers.





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Tuesday, August 14 2012


Nine LQHBA Sales Futurity Trials for Wednesday’s Opening Day


NEW ORLEANS (Monday, August 13, 2012) – Nine trial races for the $150,000-estimated Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Sales Futurity highlight Opening Day of the Summer Quarter Horse meet Wednesday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. A total of 81 juveniles purchased out of LQHBA sales are entered for the trials, with the 10 fastest times moving on to the final.

The first trial of the day, Race 2 on the 10-race program, features a rematch between the top two finishers from Delta Downs’ Grade 2 Laddie Futurity – Coltins Fast Dash and Dashin Forward – both of whom were subsequently disqualified from purse money.





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Wednesday, August 08 2012


Quarter Horse News, Camel and Ostrich Racing, ‘Tails & Ales’ Beer Tasting Participants and more!


NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, August 8, 2012) – Foal papers for more than 1,800 potential starters are expected to be on file with the Fair Grounds Racing Office before the 12-day Summer Quarter Horse Meet opens next Wednesday, August 15, according to Racing Secretary Jason Boulet. With 10 races scheduled to be run most days and about 120 total, the massive horse population that Fair Grounds can draw from virtually guarantees large and competitive fields throughout the season.

“This is by far the most horses we’ve had on our backside for a Quarter Horse meet and by far the most interest we’ve had overall,” Boulet said. “It’s a great position to be in. We’ll be able to offer cards of consistent quality and depth, which is what we all know our customers want.”





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Wednesday, July 18 2012


Summer Quarter Horse Meet Opens Aug. 15


NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, July 17, 2012) – Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will present the first summer night racing program in track history on Aug. 18, a Saturday. Fair Grounds’ fifth Summer Quarter Horse Meet opens Aug. 15 and continues Wednesdays to Saturdays through Sept. 1.

First post is 12:40 p.m. every day except Aug. 18, when first post is 4 p.m. That evening, Fair Grounds will present two special events – the inaugural “Tails & Ales” beer tasting featuring scores of offerings from breweries throughout the region and two special races pitting animals not normally associated with racing.





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