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Sunday, February 07 2010


Speedy Royal Express Steals Black Gold


NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, February 06, 2010) – Richard Rudolph’s Royal Express gave trainer Spanky Broussard an early birthday present Saturday when he made the pace throughout in the $56,400 Black Gold Stakes for 3-year-olds at five and a half furlongs and won by three and a half lengths. The sprint, scheduled for the Stall-Wilson turf course, was taken off the grass after a deluge of rain two days ago in southeastern Louisiana.

Broussard, born and raised in New Orleans, will turn 69-years-old Sunday after a distinguished training career that began in the 1960s and includes a previous Black Gold Stakes win in 1977 with Tudor Tambourine. “That was when this race was for older horses,” Broussard was quick to point out.





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Saturday, February 06 2010


Rachel Alexandra Works Four Furlongs in :50 3/5


NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, February 6, 2010) – Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra breezed four furlongs Saturday morning in :50 3/5 and galloped out five-eighths of a mile in 1:04, according to Fair Grounds clockers. Regular exercise rider Dominic Terry was aboard the 4-year-old filly, who was accompanied by assistant trainer Scott Blasi on his pony while trainer Steve Asmussen also kept a watchful eye out from horseback.

Rachel Alexandra entered the track from the half-mile gap at 6:31 a.m. Following the same routine as in her first official work of the year on Sunday, she backtracked more than a half-mile “the wrong way,” clockwise, into the Fair Grounds stretch. Turning back with the traffic, Rachel Alexandra galloped a few paths toward the center of the track into the backstretch before Terry eased her to the rail and picked up speed approaching the half-mile marker.





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Friday, February 05 2010


Ron the Greek Readies for Risen Star, plus Backtalk, Buddy D, Rachel and more


NEW ORLEANS (Friday, February 05, 2010) – As the winner of Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Stakes two weeks ago, Jack Hammer’s Ron the Greek is the only 3-year-old who could join Friesan Fire as the second consecutive horse to sweep the New Orleans oval’s sophomore series during the current millennium.

Trained by Tom Amoss, Ron the Greek went to the track Wednesday to prepare for the upcoming Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 20 as the middle leg of the Crescent City series. The final leg, of course, is the showcased Grade II Louisiana Derby March 27, which with its new purse of $750,000 will become the richest race ever run at Fair Grounds – the nation’s third oldest Thoroughbred race course.





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Grand Slam Andre Heads Black Gold Stakes, plus Rachel Gallops, Bridgmohan Approaches 2,000 and more


NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, February 04, 2010) – Kirk Robison’s Grand Slam Andre, a multiple stakes winner on the main track but unstarted on grass, has been installed as the strong 7-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s traditional $60,000 Black Gold Stakes for 3-year-olds, scheduled for about 5 1/2-furlongs over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course.

The Black Gold is observing its 52nd renewal after being named in honor of the first of two Louisiana Derby winners that went on to victory in the Kentucky Derby. Black Gold accomplished the double in 1924, 72 years before Grindstone equaled the feat in 1996.





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Wednesday, February 03 2010


Rachel Alexandra’s halter goes up for auction at Fair Grounds


NEW ORLEANS (Monday, February 01, 2010) – Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra had her first recorded work of the 2010 racing season at Fair Grounds Sunday morning, but beginning Friday a special commemorative stable halter once worn by the magnificent filly will go on display in Fair Grounds clubhouse.

The halter, encased in a handsome shadow box, includes the signatures of trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Calvin Borel as part of the display, and has already become the subject of a silent auction to kick off a barn-raising fundraiser for the Remember Me Racehorse Rescue facility operated by Fair Grounds-based trainer Dallas Keen and his wife Donna.





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Hotep enters louisiana derby picture after Monday’s fg feature


NEW ORLEANS (Monday, February 01, 2010) – Sam-Son Farms’ Hotep proved no disappointment to those Fair Grounds fans who backed him down to odds-on favoritism in Monday’s $40,000 feature for 3-year-olds and may now have entered the long-range picture for the Grade II Louisiana Derby March 27.

Ridden by Robby Albarado and trained by Mark Frostad, Hotep was unhurried early, commenced a bold rally outside the leaders approaching the stretch and drew off late to tally by 3 1/4-lengths under intermittent urging.





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EL CABALLO TO PASS FAIR GROUNDS ’CAP, AWAIT MUNIZ MEMORIAL


NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, January 31, 2010) –James Spence’s El Caballo, winner of the Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap at Fair Grounds last week on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day, will not be a candidate for the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap as the next leg of the Crescent City oval’s grass series on Feb. 20.

“No, we’re not going to come back in that next race,” trainer Ralph Nicks said. “We’re going to wait and come back in the (Grade II Mervin) Muniz Memorial at the end of the season.”





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Tuesday, February 02 2010


Hotep Enters Louisiana Derby Picture With Convincing Win


NEW ORLEANS (Monday, February 01, 2010) – Sam-Son Farms’ Hotep proved no disappointment to those Fair Grounds fans who backed him down to odds-on favoritism in Monday’s $40,000 feature for 3-year-olds and may now have entered the long-range picture for the Grade II Louisiana Derby March 27.

Ridden by Robby Albarado and trained by Mark Frostad, Hotep was unhurried early, commenced a bold rally outside the leaders approaching the stretch and drew off late to tally by 3 1/4-lengths under intermittent urging.





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Rachel Alexandra Halter Up for Bids


NEW ORLEANS (Monday, February 01, 2010) – Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra had her first recorded work of the 2010 racing season at Fair Grounds Sunday morning, but beginning Friday a special commemorative stable halter once worn by the magnificent filly will go on display in Fair Grounds clubhouse.

The halter, encased in a handsome shadow box, includes the signatures of trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Calvin Borel as part of the display, and has already become the subject of a silent auction to kick off a barn-raising fundraiser for the Remember Me Racehorse Rescue facility operated by Fair Grounds-based trainer Dallas Keen and his wife Donna.





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Monday, February 01 2010


RACHEL ALEXANDRA enjoys saturday gallop


NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, January 30, 2010) – Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra enjoyed a spirited gallop over the sealed Fair Grounds racing strip Saturday morning with regular exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard for the move.

“She came out on the track at 6:25 this morning accompanied by (assistant trainer) Scott Blasi on a pony,” said Fair Grounds clocker Billy Pettingill. “After she broke off from the pony she dropped in to the rail and stretched her legs in an open gallop all the way around the course.





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Bubbler Noses Never Retreat in Marie Krantz Duel


NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, January 30, 2010) – Bubbler burst forth and Never Retreat just missed in the final jump after a hard-fought two-horse stretch duel that was Saturday’s $57,600 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds.

“Mentally, she had it all together today,” said Peaches Geier of Bubbler, speaking as trainer Bret Calhoun’s valued assistant in winner’s circle ceremonies following the Krantz Memorial. “The other day (when sixth in the Furl Sail Handicap which was her first grass experience Jan. 2) she just lost it.”





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Saturday, January 30 2010


MILLIONAIRE BOLD CHIEFTAIN BEST IN SUNSHINE MILLIONS CLASSIC


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2010) – Trainer Bill Morey Jr. said his millionaire California-bred Bold Chieftain does things that “take your breath away,” and on Saturday the 7-year-old warhorse knocked the wind from the sails of 11-10 favorite The Usual Q.T. and seven others with a rousing neck victory over Palladio in Santa Anita’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic presented by Pepsi-Cola.

With Hall of Famer Russell Baze, North America’s all-time leader in races won, astride the son of Chief Seattle for the 24th time, Bold Chieftain proved best in a stirring stretch run as the eighth running of the mile-and-one-eighth event was negotiated in 1:48.33 before an on-track crowd of 21,487.





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