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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...

Wednesday Morning Images

Enjoy this set of images from Wednesday of Louisiana Derby Week at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots by photographer Alexander Barkoff. Click the images to the right to enlarge.

Stall's Stars Ready to Shine on La. Derby Day Card

“It was about three days before the Breeders’ Cup,” jockey Jesse Campbell said, remembering a call to trainer Al Stall Jr. “I left him a voicemail and said, ‘Look, Al, I know you’re busy, but I just wanted to let you know I really like this horse. It’s hard to say that about one that’s three months...

Stall's Stars Will Be Out Louisiana Derby Day

Late last October, Al Stall Jr. was just a little busy. He had this horse, Blame, who readers may recall was prepping for a start against (and eventual victory over) Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. So jockey Jesse Campbell, checking in after working a runner at Fair...

Albarado to Return in Time for Final Weekend of Meet

Louisiana native jockey Robby Albarado, the only rider in Fair Grounds history to have captured seven riding titles at the nation’s third-oldest race course, will return to the saddle Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the final three programs of the 2010-2011 New Orleans Thoroughbred racing season....

"Fillies, Fashion & Fizz" Offers an Upscale Derby Party in the Miller Beer Garden

Join us in the Miller Beer Garden on Louisiana Derby Day for "Fillies, Fashion & Fizz," an upscale “dress-to-impress” afternoon of racing, high fashion, champagne, desserts and more. Events include a fashion show by Amelie G Style Magazine and the annual Derby Hat Contest. Click the headline...

Giant Oak a Different Horse From Last Fair Grounds Visit

Shaun Bridgmohan describes Giant Oak’s old running style as that of “a big, playful kid who never really had his mind on what he was supposed to be doing.” There are even races the jockey is convinced they could have won if this son of Giant’s Causeway had kept his mind on business. Still, through...

Elite Alex Will Take to Long Louisiana Derby Stretch

Conditioner Tim Ritchey, who will turn 60-years-old on Preakness Day this May, began riding horses as a 3-year-old on his uncle’s farm near Pittsburgh and went on to spend some time riding steeplechase races before he started training Thoroughbreds in 1974.  What followed was more than two...