Sunday, March 04 2012
Sunday’s Child Noses Out Sarah Lane’s Oates Win
NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 03, 2012) – At the wire following a stirring stretch duel, Brittlyn Stable’s Sunday’s Child proved best by a nose over Garland Goins’ She’s Prado’s Idol in Saturday’s 10th anniversary edition of the $60,000 Sarah Lane’s Oates Stakes at Fair Grounds.
“She was very game,” said winning rider Rosie Napravnik of her filly’s courageous performance in the race restricted to 3-year-old fillies over the Stall-Wilson turf course. “She wasn’t giving up and that’s what made the difference.”
Saturday, March 03 2012
Calhoun Entry One-Two in Friday 3YO Feature
NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 02, 2012) – Gary and Mary West Stables’ entry of Fire Alarm and Tiz Moe both overcame sluggish beginnings to finish first and second respectively – a neck apart – in Friday’s $49,000 allowance and $50,000 optional claiming Fair Grounds feature for 3-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards.
The winning Fire Alarm, ridden by Miguel Mena, and runner-up Tiz Moe, with Rosie Napravnik in the irons, are both trained by Bret Calhoun and returned mutuels of $3.40, $3.80 and $2.20 as the odds-on choice of the Fair Grounds fans.
Friday, March 02 2012
Jockey Jesse’s Fair Grounds Meet
NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 02, 2012) – Although jockey Jesse Campbell endured a slower-than-usual beginning to his 2011-2012 winter season at Fair Grounds, he certainly ended it on a high note by capturing last Saturday’s Grade III Mineshaft Handicap with an upset win aboard Windy Hill Farm’s Nates Mineshaft for trainer Austin Smith.
The 34-year-old reinsman will conclude his Crescent City season this Saturday, seat wife Allyson and their two cats in the truck beside him before dawn Sunday and head north, driving straight through to Chicago while towing the family’s boat behind.
Thursday, March 01 2012
Rosie Wins Fourth of Day in Thursday Feature
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 01, 2012) – Maggi Moss’s Little Polka Dot, always among the leaders, engaged Daniel Family Farms’ Skipping Town throughout the final furlong of Thursday’s $45,000 allowance and $40,000 optional claiming feature – restricted to accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares over the Stall-Wilson turf course – and drew off in the late stages for a length and half tally.
Ridden by defending Fair Grounds riding champion and current leading rider Rosie Napravnik, who was scoring her fourth win of the afternoon, Little Polka Dot returned mutuels of $5, $2.80 and $2.40, accomplished the about one mile distance over firm grass going in 1:39.64 and increased her career earnings to $360,763 with her eighth lifetime win in 22 starts.
Little Ms Protocol Heads Saturday’s Sarah Lane’s Oates
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 01, 2012) – Coteau Grove Farms’ Little Ms Protocol, heroine of Delta’s $125,000 Louisiana Premier Night Starlet Stakes at last asking Feb. 4, has been installed as the solid 9-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s Fair Grounds headliner – the 10th anniversary edition of the $60,000 Sarah Lane’s Oates Stakes.
Restricted to accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies, the Sarah Lane’s Oates will be run at about one mile over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course and has attracted a field of 10 including a coupling.
Monday, February 27 2012
Havre de Grace Breezes in :59 Sunday
NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, February 26, 2012) – Fox Hill Farms’ reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace breezed a bullet five furlongs in 59 flat Sunday morning at Fair Grounds with regular exercise rider Jen Brasser in the irons.
Once again stepping on the track as the first work horse of the morning, Havre de Grace was clocked with splits of 11.80, 23.80, 35.60 and 47.40 before getting the five-eighths in 59 and then galloped out the three-quarter mile distance in 1:13.60. Her five-furlong work was accomplished in a final time four-fifths of a second faster than her previous move at that distance six days earlier.
Saturday, February 25 2012
Starlite Starbrite Shines On Starlight Night
NEW ORLEANS (Friday, February 24, 2012) – Andrena Van Doren’s Starlite Starbrite came up to make the pace leaving the backstretch and never relinquished command thereafter, posting a 2 1 /4-length victory in main event during Friday’s fourth of six Starlight Racing programs this season under the lights at Fair Grounds.
Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, the Tom Amoss trainee toured the 5 1/2-furlong distance of the $53,000 filly and mare allowance and $62,500 optional claiming dash in 1:03.42 after early splits of 22.14 and 44.86. She increased her career earnings to $238 802 with her sixth lifetime victory in 17 starts and returned mutuels of $7.60, $3 and $2.60 as the second choice of the fans.
Sellers Back to Riding ‘As Good As I’ve Ever Ridden’
NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, February 22, 2012) – “Shane Sellers,” jockey agent Fred Aime remarked on a quiet morning at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, “has made more comebacks than Sugar Ray Robinson.”
Given the tendency of jockey agents to pontificate upon the merits of their riders while sometimes demonstrating disregard for actual facts in the matter, we leave it up to the reader to discern whether Mr. Aime’s quotation may include slight exaggeration. This we know, however, regarding the matter of coming back to racing successfully – one need only look at the rider’s record of the past three years to ascertain that his return has been quite the achievement.
Thursday, February 23 2012
Louisiana Derby Preview Day Shippers Arrive in Good Order
NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, February 22, 2012) – All the out-of-town shippers invading New Orleans in advance of Saturday’s Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford had arrived without incident in New Orleans by mid-morning Wednesday and were safely ensconced in three different barns on the Fair Grounds backstretch.
PLETCHER’S PAIR GET TO NEW ORLEANS WEDNESDAY MORNING – Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino, the 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes as the final designed prep race in advance of the $1 million Louisiana Derby on April 1, was getting a bath while being held trainer Todd Pletcher’s assistant Whit Beckman.
Brereton Jones and Larry Jones, ‘Till Death Do Us Part’
NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, February 22, 2012) – The filly was named Modean, and she ran for a $5,000 claiming tag at Ellis Park.
This was long before the days of 2008 Eclipse Award-winning filly Proud Spell, when colts Mr. Bowling and Mark Valeski – now top contenders for Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds – and the filly Believe You Can (the favorite in the same card’s Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes) were just a twinkle in their breeders’ eyes.
Wednesday, February 22 2012
Daisy Devine Trumps ‘Queen’ in Mardi Gras Handicap
NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, February 21, 2012) – James Miller’s Daisy Devine, cleverly ridden by Irish-born jockey James Graham, took advantage of a short field and a temporary rail set 22 feet away from its inside position that left Clark Brewster’s odds-on favorite Cherokee Queen somewhat tactically challenged and was able to draw off late for a 2 1/2-length tally in Fat Tuesday’s featured $75,000 Mardi Gras Handicap for older fillies and mares over Fair Grounds’ yielding Stall-Wilson turf course.
“I thought this was the perfect set-up,” said Daisy Devine’s Irish-born winning trainer Andy McKeever. “With the rail being out it is more conducive to speed.”
Tres Barrachos Likely Favorite in Mineshaft, Smart Bid Choice in FG ‘Cap
NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, February 21, 2012) – Button Stable and George Hicker’s California invader Tres Borrachos, who was installed as the tepid 7-2 early choice in Saturday’s Grade III Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds, is now likely to go the post at shorter odds following three late defections from the upcoming event for older horses at 1 1/16-miles that serves as Fair Grounds’ final prep for the Crescent City course’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap April 1.
Fair Grounds stakes coordinator Scott Jones advised on Tuesday morning that the connections of George and Lori Hall’s Pants On Fire as well as Jim Bakke and Gerry Isbister’s Cool Blue Red Hot informed the racing office that their charges would not be coming from South Florida for the Mineshaft, and in a related late Mineshaft development, C R K Stable’s West Coast invader Gladding was reportedly not on the equine charter flight from California that was to arrive in New Orleans Tuesday.