Tuesday, November 24 2009
Lukas Bringing His ‘Twos-Turning-Threes’ to New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (Monday, November 23, 2009) – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has 30 stalls at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the 2009-2010 Thoroughbred Racing Season Presented by Miller Lite, entered two Marylou Whitney homebred fillies for Thursday’s traditional Thanksgiving Day program—Bootless in the second race and Miner Bird in the seventh. Lukas’s first starter of the season, Lambeau Legend, appeared in Sunday’s seventh race and the trainer says his stable’s presence will increase gradually throughout the meet.
“Those on Thursday are fillies that we’re trying to find their level and hope that we have them well-placed,” Lukas said by phone Sunday morning. “The management of those types is very important. We hope that they’re competitive in those spots, but as the meet progresses our better horses will show up and we’ll have a good blend of claimers and maiden special weights.”
Monday, November 23 2009
Jays Wildcat Wins Juvenile Prep Sunday
NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, November 22, 2009) – Harris Hughey’s Jays Wildcat pressed the pace briefly before taking command leaving the backstretch and then drew off late for a 1 1/2-length score in Sunday’s feature at Fair Grounds – a prep race for the upcoming $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Dec. 12.
The winner, a 2-year-old accredited Louisiana-bred trained by Sturges Ducoing, paid $10.60, $5 and $4.20 and toured the six furlongs in 1:11.65 after alternating for the lead briefly during early splits of 22.27 and 46.26. The son of Wildcat Shoes increased his career earnings to $53,813 with his second win in four lifetime starts.
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CAN TEMPO FIVE TRUMP THURSDAY’S THANKSGIVING HANDICAP RIVALS?
NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, November 22, 2009) – Euroears vs. Sok Sok. Is Thursday’s 84th running of Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap a two-horse race?
New Orleans native Tom Amoss, Fair Grounds nine-time trainer champion and the conditioner who will saddle Hunter Run Stable’s Tempo Five in Thursday’s Turkey Day feature, was asked that question Sunday morning during training, two days after arriving back home from Louisville in the waning days of Churchill Downs’ fall meeting.
Euroears Seeks Return to Glory in Thanksgiving Handicap
NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, November 22, 2009) – Intriguing Euroears, easily the most consistent quality Thoroughbred to race during the Fair Grounds season two years ago, seeks a return to that glory in Thursday’s 84th running of Fair Grounds’ tradition-rich $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap. Owned by James and Marilyn Helzer and trained by Bret Calhoun, Euroears has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for Thursday’s six-furlong sprint.
During the many years that Thanksgiving Day coincided with opening day at Fair Grounds, the Thanksgiving Handicap was the much anticipated feature that attracted hoards of New Orleanians to the nation’s third-oldest race course. Thanksgiving no longer opens the season, but the crowds still pack the Clubhouse and the Grandstand for an afternoon of holiday racing that makes for a special New Orleans tradition. First post for the 10-race program is 12:40 p.m. with Race 8, the Thanksgiving Handicap, set for 4:13 p.m. CST. As of Sunday, only a handful of tables remain available in the Black Gold Room for the Thanksgiving Day buffet (call 504-943-2200 to make your reservation).
Saturday, November 21 2009
sheza sexy a.p. wins FG’s lassie prep saturday
NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, November 21, 2009) – Tri-Star Racing’s Sheza Sexy A.P., never far back, responded to the urging of jockey Jamie Theriot when set down for the drive to win Saturday’s six-furlong prep for the upcoming $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie at Fair Grounds on Dec. 12 by a half-length.
Trained by Wes Hawley, who was saddling his second winner of the day, Sheza Sexy A.P. paid $17.40, $7.40 and $3.60 while accomplishing the six-furlong distance over the track listed as “muddy” in 1:11.16. The accredited Louisiana-bred 2-year-old filly increased her career earnings to $50,700 with her second victory in five lifetime starts.
Friday, November 20 2009
Lite the Cigar Lites Up Friday Feature
NEW ORLEANS (Friday, November 20, 2009) – Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Lite the Cigar made or forced the pace throughout Friday’s Fair Grounds grass feature before earning a three-quarter-length score in the prep for the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf Dec. 12.
Ridden by Jesse Campbell and trained by Jim Hudson, the 4-year-old accredited Louisiana-bred paid $5.40, $3.60 and $2.80 as the choice of the fans and toured the about 1 1/16-mile distance over the firm Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:43.17 after accomplishing early splits of 26.83 and 53.33. He increased his career earnings to $113,157 with his third win in 16 lifetime starts.
Calhoun Hopeful for Euroears of Old in Thanksgiving Handicap
NEW ORLEANS (Friday, November 20, 2009) – Two seasons ago at Fair Grounds, James and Marilyn Helzer’s Euroears won the $100,000 F. W. Gaudin Memorial in January on the main track, the $100,000 Colonel Power in February over the Stall-Wilson turf course and the $200,000 Duncan Kenner Stakes in March after switching back to the dirt.
That incredible stakes run left the undefeated Euroears with six straight wins before he suffered a series of setbacks that kept him from returning to the winner’s circle until his 10th and most recent start in an allowance race at Hoosier Park Oct. 15.
Hunt for Candie Coupling Heads Saturday FG Feature
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, November 19, 2009) – Daniel Lynch and Merrill Scherer’s Hunt for Candie, clearly best when breaking her maiden for $45,000 locally Nov. 8, is coupled with that same partnership’s Oh Whata Holiday, who broke her maiden in her first and only start last Aug. 26 at Presque Isle Downs, and that Merrill Scherer-trained pair has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favored entry in Saturday’s $47,000 featured allowance race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The six furlong sprint, restricted to 2-year-old accredited Louisiana-bred fillies, serves as a local prep for the upcoming $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie which will be contested at that same three quarter-mile distance on Dec. 12.
Monday, November 16 2009
Yare Wins in Prep for La. Champions Day
NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, November 15, 2009) – Oak Tree Stables’ Yare alternated for the early lead in Sunday’s $51,000 feature before drawing off for a 3 3/4-length score under regular rider Gerard Melancon.
The six-furlong sprint restricted to accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares served as a prep for the upcoming $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint on Dec. 12. The winner had to survive a stretch run foul claim from Shane Sellers, rider of the odds-on favorite Master Link who finished third, before paying mutuels of $16.40, $6 and $2.60.
Another ‘Bullet’ Scores Bullseye at Fair Grounds
NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, November 15, 2009) – The most impressive winner through the first five days of Fair Grounds’ current season?
It might have been the Steve Margolis-trained Cool Bullet, a 2-year-old gelding who broke his maiden by more than six lengths for owners Ray Murray, Dave Williams and Bob Estes in Saturday’s fifth race.
Sunday, November 15 2009
Desert Wheat Repeats in Mr. Sulu Stakes
NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, November 14, 2009) – Louisiana-bred Desert Wheat, conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and patiently ridden by Corey Lanerie, came from far back with a strong stretch run to capture Saturday’s featured $60,000 Mr. Sulu Stakes at Fair Grounds by 2 3/4–lengths.
The Mr. Sulu, designed as a prep for the upcoming $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf Dec. 12, was contested at about 1 1/16-miles over a firm Stall-Wilson turf course and Desert Wheat toured the distance in 1:45.01. The Mott trainee, owned by Wachtel Stable, Brous Stable and Jerry Lee, used the same late charge to win last year’s inaugural running of the Mr. Sulu, but that race was taken off the turf and run on the main track.
Saturday, November 14 2009
Dancin Perfect Performs in Friday’s Feature
NEW ORLEANS (Friday, November 13, 2009) –Good Tyme Racing and Richard Ringo’s Dancing Perfect took command shortly after the start and never relinquished that lead when capturing Friday’s $47,000 allowance feature at Fair Grounds by one length under a well-judged ride by jockey Shane Sellers.
As the choice of the fans, Dancing Perfect returned $5, $3 and $2.20 and toured the about 1 1/16-mile distance over the firm Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:49.01 after setting early fractions of 22.32 and 53.78. The Mike Burgess-trained daughter of Pleasantly Perfect increased her career earnings to $85,010 with her third victory in 10 lifetime starts.