Monday, February 20 2012
Havre de Grace Up to Five Furlongs in :59 4/5
NEW ORLEANS (Monday, February 20, 2012) – Horse of the Year Havre de Grace continued to progress toward her 2012 debut in March, breezing five furlongs in :59 4/5 on Lundi Gras morning at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The 5-year-old mare, owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, once again posted the first timed move of the morning just after the track opened for training at 6 a.m. and. Working from the five-eighths pole to the finish line with exercise rider Jen Brasser aboard, Fair Grounds clockers recorded splits of :12, :24 1/5, :36 1/5, and :48. Brasser did not ask Havre de Grace for anything after the wire, galloping out six furlongs into the turn in 1:14 3/5.
Temp Tallies in Sunday Feature
NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, February 19, 2012) – Gainesway Thoroughbreds and Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable’s Temp, allowed to settle early, launched a bid when set down for the drive, took command at the eighth pole and drew off late for a length and a half victory in Sunday’s $49,000 allowance and $17,500 optional claiming featured sprint at Fair Grounds.
Trained by Ronny Werner and ridden by Corey Lanerie, Temp returned mutuels of $16.20, $6 and $3.60, toured the three-quarter mile distance in 1:10.45 and increased his career earnings to $90,763 with his second win from eight lifetime starts.
Saturday, February 18 2012
Pure Tactics Wins Friday Feature
NEW ORLEANS (Friday, February 17, 2012) – Don Eberts’ Pure Tactics, always well placed, challenged for command after the furlong grounds and drew off late for a three-length score in Friday’s Fair Grounds feature, a $49,000 allowance and optional $50,000 claiming sprint for 3-year-olds at about 5 1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course.
The winner, trained by Morris Nicks and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, toured the grass dash distance over a course rated “yielding” in 1:05.40, returned mutuels of $4.80 $3.40 and $2.60 and increased his career earnings to $52,008 to remain undefeated with his second victory in two career starts.
Trainer Dorochenko Could Have Two in Risen Star
NEW ORLEANS (Friday, February 17, 2012) – The intriguing Russian-born trainer Gennadi Dorochenko runs mostly longshots, so he doesn’t have a very good win percentage in this his first season at Fair Grounds. Nevertheless, sometimes those horses do win, as they have six times so far at the Crescent City oval this winter.
That’s something to keep in mind next weekend when the 52-year-old native of Krasnodar, Russia, who speaks charmingly fractured English, saddles one or possibly two horses in the upcoming Grade II Risen Star Stakes on Louisiana Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford on Feb. 25.
Friday, February 17 2012
Tonto Fontenot Wins Thursday Feature
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, February 16, 2012) – Stacey Moak’s Tonto Fontenot, away alertly and always well placed, took command at the furlong grounds and drew off as the Lone Ranger at the wire in Thursday’s $51,000 Fair Grounds feature, an allowance and $40,000 optional claiming event run at a mile and 70 yards.
Trained by Bobby Barnett and ridden by Shane Sellers, Tonto Fontenot accomplished the distance in 1:43.11, increased his career earnings to $107,326 with his fourth lifetime win in 20 career starts and returned mutuels of $8.80, $3 and $2.80.
PANTS ON FIRE set to RETURN TO FG ONE LEG AT A TIME
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, February 16, 2012) – George and Lori Hall’s Pants On Fire, hero of last season’s $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, is being pointed toward a return to the Crescent City to contest Fair Grounds’ Grade III Mineshaft Handicap Feb. 25.
The $125,000 Mineshaft, for older horses at 1 1/16-miles over the main track, is one of six stakes worth a total of $885,000 (including the Grade II Risen Star Stakes for 3-year-olds of Triple Crown potential) that will be contested on a day that is billed as Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford.
Thursday, February 16 2012
Castellano to Ride El Padrino in Risen Star
NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, February 15, 2012) – Red-hot reinsman Javier Castellano, who introduced himself to Fair Grounds fans on Louisiana Derby Preview Day two years ago by winning two of the four graded stakes contested that afternoon, will return to the local oval Feb. 25 to ride Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino for trainer Todd Pletcher in the 2012 Grade II, $300,000 Risen Star Stakes.
The 34-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, who won the 2010 Risen Star on E. Paul Robsham Stable’s Discreetly Mine and the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap that same afternoon on Anstu Stable’s Blues Street, returned to the Crescent City five weeks later that season to win that year’s Grade II Mervin Muniz Memorial with Blues Street and the Grade II New Orleans Handicap with Overbrook Farm’s Battle Plan on Louisiana Derby Day.
Wednesday, February 15 2012
Havre de Grace Breezes Half-Mile in :48 3/5
NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, February 15, 2012) – Horse of the Year Havre de Grace breezed a half-mile in :48 3/5 Wednesday morning at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, her second official workout in advance of her 2012 debut.
The 5-year-old mare, owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, was among the first horses on the track when training hours began at 6 a.m. and once again posted the first timed move of the morning. Working from the half-mile pole to the finish line with exercise rider Jen Brasser aboard, Fair Grounds clockers recorded splits of :12 3/5, :24 2/5 and :36 1/5, as well as a five-eighths gallop out time of 1:04 2/5.
Sunday, February 12 2012
Bravo Habibi Takes Sunday Turf Feature
NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, February 12, 2012) – Zayat Stables’ Bravo Habibi, away alertly and never far back, rallied boldly in the final furlong to be best by a length and a half in Sunday’s $46,000 Fair Grounds feature restricted to 3-year-old maidens and contested at about 5 1/2-furlongs over a Stall-Wilson turf course rated “good.”
Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan and trained by Steve Asmussen, the winner returned mutuels of $4.40, $2.80 and $2.40, toured the distance in 1:05.36 and increased his career earnings to $35,533 with his initial win from four lifetime starts.
Pletcher to Invade Louisiana Derby Preview Day
NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, February 12, 2012) – Exactly two weeks after five-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher recorded his 3,000th career winner, the megastar conditioner will be well-represented at Fair Grounds with at least three horses on target for the upcoming stakes-laden local Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford on Feb. 25.
Heading that list of invaders is Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino, whose connections are attracted by the $300,000 purse of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes, the final designed local prep for the $1 million Louisiana Derby to be run April 1.
Joyful Victory Outduels Ravi’s Song in Tiffany Lass
NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, February 11, 2012) – Fox Hill Farms’ Joyful Victory, asked to show a second effort when passed by Mrs. Yoshio Fujita’s Ravi’s Song in mid-stretch of Saturday’s $75,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds, responded to that request with a courageous half-length tally in the New Orleans oval’s featured race of the weekend.
“I knew Ravi’s Song was coming with a head of momentum and I’ve never seen this mare get in that kind of position,” said winning trainer Larry Jones, “but I was very proud to see her second effort to come back and she gutted it out. It was a good effort. At Oaklawn (last year) whenever she got the lead, she’d be gone.”
Havre de Grace Likely to Stay at Fair Grounds for 2012 Debut
NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, February 11, 2012) – One day after reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace accomplished her first official work of the 2012 racing season, her trainer Larry Jones was sounding increasingly positive that the Fox Hill Farm color bearer would run her first race of the year in New Orleans.
“We would like to get Havre de Grace’s first race right here,” Jones said, speaking from the Fair Grounds barn area during training hours Saturday morning. “That way we wouldn’t have to ship her or anything like that.”