Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 12am
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Louisiana Derby Preview Day
Horse Racing's rising stars will be on display as the top three-year olds contend for valuable Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby points. Louisiana Derby Preview Day will feature 6 stakes races, of which 4 are graded, including the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes. There will also be numerous events for all members of the family. Check back for more details as the event nears.
The best three-year old Louisiana Breds tackle the Turf for $60,000 in the 31st running of the Gentilly Stakes. Look at the Time burst on to the racing scene with his dominant win in this race last year for trainer Wes Hawley and jockey Corey Lanerie.
The 45th running of the Bayou Handicap will feature older filles and mares on the Turf course for $75,000. Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Artemus Kitten made a middle move and held off late challenegers to capture this race last season for jockey Rosie Napravnik.
The nation's top three-year old fillies will be vying for critical Kentucky Oaks points in the Grade III $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes. Robby Albarado guided Summer Applause to win the 2012 edition for trainer Bret Calhoun.
The Fair Grounds Handicap is a Grade III stakes race for the top older turf horses in the country and offers a $150,000 purse. Kentucky Derby winning trainer, H. Graham Motion shipped in Smart Bid to capture last year's running for Augustin Stables and jockey Edgar Prado.
Much like the filles, three-year old colts and geldings will be looking to climb the Kentucky Derby points ladder in the Risen Star stakes, a Grade II with a purse of $400,000. Kentucky Derby winning trainer Todd Pletcher's El Padrino shipped in from Florida and defeated the locally trained Mark Veleski.
Today's Fair Grounds Races
- 12:30pm Race 1
- 1:00pm Race 1
- 1:01pm Race 2
- 1:29pm Race 3 Gentilly Stakes
- 1:57pm Race 4
- 2:25pm Race 5 Bayou Handicap
- 2:55pm Race 6
- 3:25pm Race 7 Fair Grounds Handicap (Grade III)
- 3:55pm Race 8 Mineshaft Handicap (Grade III)
- 4:25pm Race 9 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (Grade III)
- 4:57pm Race 10 Risen Star Stakes (Grade II)
- 5:30pm Race 11
- 5:59pm Race 12
- 6:28pm Race 13