Saturday, March 16 2013


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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Thursday, June 28 2012


Purses Boosted for Eight Races on Thoroughbred Stakes Schedule Worth More Than $7.4 Million


NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, June 28, 2012) – Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has boosted the purses of eight open-company races on its 2012-2013 stakes schedule released today, marking the third straight year the average stakes purse has increased at the New Orleans racetrack. Last season the track raised purses on 19 stakes events.

The 84-day 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season – running Nov. 22, 2012 to March 31, 2013 – will feature 56 stakes cumulatively worth $7,435,000, highlighted by the milestone 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) on March 30. The average stakes purse at Fair Grounds will be worth $132,768 and half of the stakes, 28 of 56, will carry six-figure amounts.





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Thursday, June 14 2012


Revamped Kentucky Derby Qualifying System Positions Louisiana Derby in Top Tier of Prep Races


NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, June 14, 2012) – A revamped points-based qualifying system for the Kentucky Derby announced today includes the Louisiana Derby in the highest tier of prep races for the world’s most famous horse race. Under the new rules, 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will earn their way to the Kentucky Derby by amassing points in select stakes events. The $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII), the signature event at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, is one of only seven races that will offer the maximum 170 points.

Since 1986, Churchill Downs had determined the Kentucky Derby field based on a horse’s career earnings in graded stakes.





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Wednesday, April 25 2012


141st Thoroughbred Racing Season to Open Thanksgiving Day


NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) – The 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will encompass 84 live racing days, from Nov. 22, 2012 to March 31, 2013. The dates were approved at Monday’s quarterly meeting of the Louisiana State Racing Commission.

The Thoroughbred Racing Season again starts with the traditional Thanksgiving Day opener on Nov. 22. In the only significant change from last season’s schedule, racing will be conducted four days per week (except holiday weeks), Thursdays to Sundays, through February. In March racing expands to five days per week, Wednesdays to Sundays. In recent years the season started with five-day weeks before shifting to four-day weeks.





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