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Tuesday Notes: Mark Valeski Gets Final Louisiana Derby Tune Up

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, March 27, 2012) – Brereton Jones’s Mark Valeski, one half of the favored Larry Jones-trained entry pegged at 2-1 for Sunday’s 99th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 Tuesday morning at Fair Grounds in final...

Feature: Mission Impazible On a Mission for New Orleans-bound University of Kentucky

By Claire Novak, Special Contributor NEW ORLEANS (Monday, March 26, 2012) – When New Orleans Handicap (Gr. II) contender Mission Impazible arrives at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Wednesday, a set of royal blue silks will accompany him. Emblazoned with the slogan “GO BIG BLUE” on the...

Feature: Mission Impazible On a Mission for University of Kentucky

By Claire Novak, Special Contributor NEW ORLEANS (Monday, March 26, 2012) – When New Orleans Handicap (Gr. II) contender Mission Impazible arrives at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Wednesday, a set of royal blue silks will accompany him. Emblazoned with the slogan “GO BIG BLUE” on the back...

Stakes Advance: Jones Entry Favored in Sunday's 14-Horse $1 million Louisiana Derby

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Monday, March 26, 2012) – Brereton Jones’s highly-regarded Mark Valeski, second by a nose in Fair Grounds’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes, will run as part of a coupled wagering interest with that same owner’s Mr. Bowling, hero of the Crescent City oval’s Grade...

Mark Valeski, Mr. Bowling Entry 2-1 Favorite in Sunday's 14-Horse $1 million Louisiana Derby

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Monday, March 26, 2012) – Brereton Jones’s highly-regarded Mark Valeski, second by a nose in Fair Grounds’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes, will run as part of a coupled wagering interest with that same owner’s Mr. Bowling, hero of the Crescent City oval’s...

Louisiana Derby Post Positions and Morning Line Odds

  The 99th Louisiana Derby Grade II -- Purse $1,000,000 -- 3-Year-Olds -- 1 1/8 miles           Sunday, April 1, 2012 -- Race 10 -- Approx. Post 4:55 p.m. CDT Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots           PP   Horse Jockey...

Summer Applause Top Choice in Saturday's Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks

  Gillian Campbell, Greenwood Lodge Farm and R Group Management’s Summer Applause, heroine of Fair Grounds’ Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes in her last start Feb. 25, has been installed as a solid 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, sister race to the...

Summer Applause Top Choice in Fair Grounds Oaks

Gillian Campbell, Greenwood Lodge Farm and R Group Management’s Summer Applause, heroine of Fair Grounds’ Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes in her last start Feb. 25, has been installed as a solid 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, sister race to the coming weekend...

Sunday Notes: Cigar Street Breezes for Louisiana Derby

Trainer Steve Margolis breezed Jake Ballis’s Cigar Street five furlongs in 1:01.20 Sunday morning and shortly thereafter pronounced the colt ready to compete in the upcoming $1 million Louisiana Derby on April 1. “We’re good (for the local Derby),” said Margolis of the lightly raced son of 2008...

Fillies, Fashion & Fizz Presented by Macy's Returns On Louisiana Derby Day, April 1

The arrival of spring means it’s time to dust off your hats and seersuckers. Fillies, Fashion & Fizz Presented by Macy’s®, the decadent afternoon for stylish 21st century Southern belles and dandies, returns to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Louisiana Derby Day, April 1. The upscale...