Friday, March 09 2012
Hammers Terror, Capetown Devil Ready for Black Gold; Citizen Advocate, Devious Intent Vie in Lacombe
NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, December 14, 2011) – Sophomore colts and geldings as well as sophomore fillies considered Louisiana Derby or Fair Grounds Oaks candidates earlier this season get a chance to dance over the local lawn Saturday when the 55th running of the $75,000 Black Gold Stakes Fire and fourth renewal of the $75,000 Allen LaCombe Memorial – both slated for the Stall-Wilson turf course – serve as the co-featured events of the upcoming New Orleans weekend.
The Black Gold is named in recognition of the first horse in history to capture the Louisiana Derby and parlay that score into victory in the Kentucky Derby, while the Allen LaCombe Memorial honors the memory of Allen “Black Cat” LaCombe, Fair Grounds’ revered longtime publicity director who died in 1989.
French Breeze Wins Thursday Feature
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 08, 2012) – Justice Family Racing’s French Breeze proved the third time’s the charm when she visited the winner’s circle for the first time in Thursday’s featured $46,000 grass dash for maiden sophomore members of the distaff set.
The daughter of good grass sire Elusive Quality trailed the field in the run down the backstretch in the sprint at about 5 1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course, commenced a rally entering the lane, took command in mid-stretch and drew clear the rest of the way for a length and a half tally.
Tuesday, March 06 2012
Havre de Grace, Joyful Victory Work in Company
NEW ORLEANS (Monday, March 5, 2012) – Twelve days in advance of her 2012 debut in the March 17, $150,000 New Orleans Ladies, reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace worked six furlongs in company with stablemate Joyful Victory in 1:11 2/5, breezing, at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Regular exercise rider Jen Brasser was aboard Havre de Grace, while Robby Albarado was astride Joyful Victory, who is pointing to the March 17 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
Monday, March 05 2012
Promising Filly Small Kitchen Gives Napravnik Five Winners Sunday
NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, March 04, 2012) – Gainesway Thoroughbreds’ odds-on favorite Small Kitchen broke in full stride to make the pace and drew off late to give Fair Grounds defending jockey champion and current leading rider Rosie Napravnik her fifth winner of the afternoon in Sunday’s $49,000 feature.
Small Kitchen’s margin of victory at the wire was 7 1/4-lengths in the allowance and $50,000 optional claiming affair that was restricted to sophomore fillies and contested at six furlongs on the main track.
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.