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Hot Jock Napravnik Wins Louisiana Derby Aboard Pants On Fire

Jockey Rosie Napravnik, riding in her first season at Fair Grounds, has increased her lead in the local jockey standings throughout the second half of the meeting, but she put the most appetizing garnish on her Crescent City debut with a neck victory in the richest Thoroughbred race ever run in New...

Supporting Stakes Recap: Mission Impazible, Smart Bid, More

The “Impazible” dream came true for Twin Creeks Racing Stable, trainer Todd Pletcher and his assistant Michael Dilger when Mission Impazible proved clearly best by a length and a half in Saturday’s Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Handicap. A year ago Mission Impazible won the 2010 Louisiana Derby to...

Daisy Devine Delivers in FG Oaks

James M. Miller’s Daisy Devine earned a trip to Louisville with an impressive half-length win over Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River in Saturday’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, the richest prep race for 3-year-old fillies aspiring to the prestigious May 6 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Four of the...

Complete Derby Day Stakes Quotes

Race 3-$100,000 Bayou Handicap Fillies & mares, Four-years-old and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf, 43rd running Trainer Mike Stidham (Upperline, winner): “The race was really, really impressive. The one thing that worried me a little bit was I knew that in a small field like that they would be...

On to Kentucky! Pants On Fire, Napravnik Win Louisiana Derby

Jockey Rosie Napravnik, riding in her first season at Fair Grounds, has increased her lead in the local jockey standings throughout the second half of the meeting, but she put the most appetizing garnish on her Crescent City debut with a neck victory in the richest Thoroughbred race ever run in New...

Battle On the Bayou Recap

Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence’s Populist Politics, cross-entered in Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby but scratched out of that in favor of Friday’s 39th running of the $75,000 Crescent City Derby at Fair Grounds, was first under the wire by a nose the easier assignment in the Derby...

Feature: Niji's Grand Girl Steps Into the Spotlight

Call Niji’s Grand Girl the understudy. When stablemate Kathmanblu was getting her first stakes score for trainer Kenny McPeek, Niji’s Grand Girl was just about to break her maiden. When Kathmanblu was winning her 2011 debut in the Sweet Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park (after taking the Grade II...

Feature: Breen Horses Creating Their Own Destinies

Kelly Breen made his first trip to New Orleans this January. He felt right at home when he saddled Pants On Fire to a narrow miss behind Wilkinson in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes, and his return in February resulted in a runner-up finish for Sleepless Knight in the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap....

Thursday Notes: The 'Big' Horse, Mucho Macho Man, is Back in Town

Mucho Macho Man, hero of Fair Grounds’ $350,000 Risen Star Stakes a little less than five weeks ago and the strong favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby, got back in town Wednesday from his Gulfstream Park home base and galloped once around the Crescent City oval Thursday morning...

Claiming Crown Nomination Schedule and Forms Now Available

The nomination schedule and forms for the 2011 running of the $500,000 Claiming Crown are now available on the newly redesigned ClaimingCrown.com website (www.claimingcrown.com), and nominations are now being accepted by Claiming Crown, Ltd. The 13th renewal of the Claiming Crown will be held on...