NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009) – What a way to kick off the 2009-2010 season at Fair Grounds on Opening Day, Friday, Nov. 6! In this 11th month of the year – the winner (Jenny Redi Made) was the #11 horse, followed by the #6 (Macho Mama) with the #9 horse (Blackberry Kisses) finishing third. That corresponded to the opening day date of 11-6-09.

Jenny Redi Made paid $70.40, $31.60 and $14.20, providing hunch players with an excellent start – and Macho Mama paid $28.20 to place. Jockey Trey Agilar, a newcomer to Fair Grounds this season, rode the winner who is trained by longtime local horseman Al Sider.

“This is my first meeting here at Fair Grounds,” said Agilar. “I’ve rode a couple of horses here before – but this is my first winner.”

Trainer Sider started slowly last season but picked it up towards the end of the meeting.

“I’ve never won the first race of the season before at Fair Grounds,” said Sider. “We ended up having a good meet last year, but we started off a little slow. Hopefully, we’ll have just as good a meeting this year. We’ve got a bunch of good young horses so we should do alright.”

More huge prices
Another longshot won the second half of the Daily Double on Saturday of Fair Grounds opening weekend when Celia Smith’s Monday Mornin Rail, ridden by apprentice Chester Bonnet, lit up the tote board with across-the-board payoffs of $126.40, $60, and $24.

The owner is also the trainer, and has been conditioning horses for more than 30 years from her home base in Hammond, Louisiana.

“This is home,” said the elated Smith after Saturday’s second race. “I live across the lake but this is my hometown track. It’s an honor and a privilege to win a race at Fair Grounds.

“I’ve had a lot of problems with feet and legs with this filly,” Smith said. “She’s been off a year and we didn’t know what to expect. We were hoping for the best but not really expecting it. I haven’t won that many races at Fair Grounds, but I can tell you that this filly’s dam (Anikawi) broke her maiden here.”

Fair Grounds on the Internet
Opening weekend guests at Fair Grounds are reminded that they can become fans of Fair Grounds on Facebook. Look us up for announcements of special promotions and offers. Also, starting Nov. 8, join a live chat on, 30 minutes before first post and all the way through the last race. Join in the discussion covering everything from track trends to prices with our race-day scoreboard. Expert analysis will be provided by the folks at Horseplayer Pro.

Grandstand Buffet
For our on-track fans – join us on the second floor of our slots facility adjacent to the grandstand for the Grandstand Buffet. At just $12.95, it’s the meal that keeps on giving. The buffet is open Friday through Monday.