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Upperline Wins Saturday's Black Cat Memorial

Upperline pressed the early pace, gained the advantage in the lane and drew clear late for a one-length win in Saturday’s $60,000 Allen "Black Cat" LaCombe Memorial Handicap for older fillies and mares over the Stall-Wilson turf course. Two supporting turf stakes were won by Man of Strife (Gentilly...

Upperline Wins Saturday's Lacombe Memorial 'Cap

Oakcrest et al.’s Upperline pressed the early pace, gained the advantage in the lane and drew clear late for a one-length win in Saturday’s fourth running of the $60,000 Allen LaCombe Memorial Handicap for older fillies and mares over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course. Trained by Mike Stidham...

Switching Gears Wins Friday Feature

Responding to a well-judged ride by jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, Thoroughbred Futures Racing II’s Switching Gears took command briefly in the run down the backstretch, relinquished it before entering the second turn but then came again inside the furlong grounds to wear down rivals and capture Sunday’s...

Mena Four Wins Shy of 1,000 Entering Friday

After riding five winners on Monday, jockey Miguel Mena remained four wins shy of the 1,000-career win milestone entering Friday’s racing program. “Five wins Monday was very exciting for me,” said Mena, speaking in the track kitchen Friday morning during the break in training.  “Yesterday (...

Mena Wins Five, Cemented by Cleadon in Feature

Jockey Miguel Mena guided Andrew Farm, Scanlon and O’Connor’s favored Celadon to a neck victory in Monday’s $53,000 allowance optional claiming feature for older fillies and mares at about 5 1 /2-furlongs over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course, giving the Peruvian-born rider his fifth win of...

Monday Notes: McPeek Pondering Another FG Invasion

Trainer Kenny McPeek pulled off another successful New Orleans invasion during last Saturday’s Louisiana Derby Preview Day, winning the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes with Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu, the $60,000 Pan Zareta Stakes with Peter Callahan’s Beautician, and...

Giant's Tomb Wins Sunday Turf Feature

Sam-Son Farms’ Giant’s Tomb, away from competition since a fourth-place finish in the Grade I Queen’s Plate last summer at Woodbine, made his 2011 debut a successful one Sunday at Fair Grounds when winning the $53,000 allowance optional claiming feature over the Stall-Wilson turf course by a nose....

Sunday Notes: Mucho Macho Man in Fine Fettle

Trainer Kathy Ritvo was ebullient during training hours Sunday morning at Fair Grounds, and with good reason. That’s because late Saturday afternoon her sophomore colt Mucho Macho Man, owned by a multiple partnership of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing, had established himself...

Mucho Macho Man Wins Grade II Risen Star Stakes

Mucho Macho Man had his connections thinking Kentucky Derby with a win in Saturday's Grade II Risen Star Stakes. Click the headline above for a full recap. In Saturday's trio of Grade III stakes, Kathmanblu won the Rachel Alexandra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Demarcation won the Minshaft...

Mucho Macho Man Wins Grade II Risen Star Stakes

Mucho Macho Man, owned by the partnership of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing, picked an excellent time to win the second race of his career from seven lifetime starts when he took on all comers to prove best in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes – the designed prep for the $...