Friday, December 06 2013


Stakes Advance: Magic City Classic & Kudzu Juvenile


ABAMA LIGHT BACK TO DEFEND MAGIC CITY CLASSIC WIN; KUDZU JUVENILE FOR ALABAMA-BREDS ALSO ON TAP

NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, December 5, 2013) – Taylor Nelson’s Abama Light is set to defend last year’s winning effort in Saturday’s $50,000 Magic City Classic at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots but faces several worthy challengers in the one mile and 70 yard stakes restricted to Alabama-bred 3-years-old and up.





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Thursday, December 05 2013


Barn Notes: Wednesday, December 4


OWNER-TRAINER TOM MCCARTHY BACK IN NEW ORLEANS

• Albarado, Bridgmohan, Mena to Ride at Fair Grounds Beginning Thursday
• Introducing Apprentice Jockey Ashley Broussard





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Thursday, November 21 2013


Fair Grounds Barn Notes: Thursday, November 21


NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, November 21, 2013) – Fresh off his 10th training title at Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots last spring, New Orleans-born conditioner Tom Amoss is eagerly anticipating another Thanksgiving Day at his hometown oval.





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Thursday, May 16 2013


FAIR GROUNDS ALUMS LINING UP TO TACKLE ORB IN SATURDAY’S PREAKNESS


NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, May 16, 2013) – If Kentucky Derby winner Orb does not win Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (GI) at Pimlico Race Course and is therefore denied a shot at sweeping the Triple Crown, there is a good chance it will be a horse that raced in New Orleans playing the role of spoiler. Four of the nine horses entered for Saturday’s $1 million middle jewel were prominent in the 3-year-old division at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots this season: $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) runner-up and Kentucky Derby fifth Mylute, Louisiana Derby third and Illinois Derby (GIII) winner Departing, Lecomte Stakes (GIII) winner and Kentucky Derby sixth Oxbow, and Louisiana Derby also-ran Titletown Five.





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Thursday, April 25 2013


EIGHT FAIR GROUNDS HORSES POINTING TO KENTUCKY DERBY


• Trainers Include New Orleans Natives Amoss, Stewart
• Napravnik, Talamo, Borel, Hernandez Among Possible Jockeys
• Unlimited Budget Aims to Continue Fair Ground Oaks-Kentucky Oaks Trend





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Saturday, March 30 2013


COMPELLING GRADE II QUARTET TOPS LOUISIANA DERBY DAY


• $150,000-Guaranteed All-Grade II Pick Four, Races 7-10
• Three Louisiana-bred Stakes Add An Interesting Garnish
• Jockey John Jacinto Body Sore But OK Following Thursday Fall





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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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