Home of the Louisiana Derby

News

Mucho Macho Man

Into the Stretch at Fair Grounds...

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has saved plenty of action for the home stretch of its 140th Thoroughbred Racing Season, with the biggest stakes and best parties still to come in the meet’s final five weeks. Highlights include the 2012 debut of Horse of the Year Havre de Grace in the March 17...

Wednesday Notes: Jermaine Bridgmohan Scores His First FG Hat Trick

Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, who elected to hang his tack full-time in New Orleans for the first time this winter, won one-third of Sunday’s Fair Grounds races by scoring a riding triple during the nine-race afternoon. Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Bridgmohan won Sunday’s second race aboard JRita...

Travel Advisory Flies Home in Sunday Feature

  TK Stables’ Travel Advisory challenged for command after being set down for the drive in Sunday’s $49,000 allowance and $50,000 optional claiming grass test at Fair Grounds, drew off quickly and then completed his run with a 1 3/4-length victory under intermittent urging. The winner,...

Sun. Notes: Havre de Grace, Jones 3YOs, Summer Applause and more

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...

Summer Applause Rowsing in Rachel Alexandra

Gillian Campbell et al.’s Summer Applause got rave reviews from her rider Robby Albarado after she proved clearly best in Saturday’s Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes as the final prep for the upcoming $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks March 31. “(Summer Applause) was a great ride from the start to the...

Louisiana Derby Preview Day Quotes

Race 11-Grade II, $300,000 Risen Star Stakes 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, 39th running Jockey Javier Castellano (El Padrino, winner): “You know I thought it not a big deal (the brushing in the stretch). Before the wire, we were real tight. We never had big contact, though, and I think it...

El Padrino Noses Out Mark Valeski in Risen Star Thriller

It looks like a Louisiana Derby rematch on April 1 could be in order for Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino and Brereton Jones’s Mark Valeski, who finished first and second a nose apart in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. Following a furious stretch duel – with mutual bumping and a...

Undercard Stakes: Country Day, Look At the Time , Nehro

It was Country Day, owned by Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein, who came home first by a length in Saturday’s $75,000 Colonel Power Stakes, one of the six supporting stakes worth $885,000 that made up Fair Grounds’ Louisiana Derby Preview Day program at the New Orleans oval. This time it was his...

Nates Mineshaft Wires Mineshaft Handicap; Smart Bid Gets Up in FG 'Cap

Windy Hill Farms’ Nates Mineshaft took advantage of soft early fractions and led at every point of call in a race named for the winner’s sire, the Grade III Mineshaft Handicap for older horses at 1 1/16 miles. Jesse Campbell guided the longest shot on the board through fractions of 25.30, 49.35 and...

Summer Applause Rowsing in Rachel Alexandra

Gillian Campbell et al.’s Summer Applause got rave reviews from her rider Robby Albarado after she proved clearly best in Saturday’s Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes as the final prep for the upcoming $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks March 31. “(Summer Applause) was a great ride from the start to the...