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Thursday Notes: Mucho Macho Man Relaxing in Big Easy Leading Up to Saturday's Grade II Risen Star Stakes

Trainer Kathy Ritvo was all smiles Thursday while being chauffeured around the Fair Grounds backstretch in a golf cart shortly after her Risen Star runner Mucho Macho Man, owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing, had completed his first local gallop earlier in the morning....

Starlight Racing This Friday with The Mixed Nuts

Even though the last of nine live Thoroughbred races on Friday’s Starlight Racing program is set for just before 9 p.m., Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced today that headlining musical act The Mixed Nuts will keep the Clubhouse rocking for as much as two hours after the last race. A...

Night School Coming to FairGroundsRaceCourse.com

  The racing industry’s first national, interactive online fan education forum will commence Monday, February 21 with the debut of Night School. Pioneered and developed by Horse Player NOW, Night School will be syndicated and implemented into racetrack and organization websites throughout the...

Lamarque Ford the Perfect Partner for Risen Star Stakes and Louisiana Derby Preview Day

In 1987, a Louisiana-born car dealer named Ronnie Lamarque became nationally recognized horse racing royalty as co-owner of Risen Star, a son of Secretariat who won the Louisiana Derby and two-thirds of the Triple Crown. Almost 25 years later, Risen Star and Lamarque remain essential to the...

Undersized Workin for Hops 'Believes He Can Fly'

Workin for Hops faces a tall order as the 9-2 second choice coming off the layup into Saturday’s Grade III, $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, but his connections have learned to give the unassuming chestnut gelding a chance. Standing in Barn 36 just days before...

Feature: Workin for Hops 'Believes He Can Fly'

Workin for Hops faces a tall order as the 9-2 second choice coming off the layup into Saturday’s Grade III, $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, but his connections have learned to give the unassuming chestnut gelding a chance. Standing in Barn 36 just days...

Wednesday Notes: Campbell's Super Derby Was Mmm Mmm Good

It’s amazing what a Super Derby victory can do, especially if you are Fair Grounds-based jockey Jesse Campbell and you’re going to get to ride Adele Dilschneider’s 2010 Grade II Super Derby winner Apart back once again in Saturday’s Grade III Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds.  The Mineshaft...

Kathmanblu, Apart, Loup Breton Favored in Saturday's Trio of Grade III Stakes

In the Crescent City, said to have served as the birthplace of the deliciously decadent Marie Laveau, two Thoroughbred 3-year-olds with the possibly prurient names of Rogue Romance and Mucho Macho Man will face off in Saturday’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford at Fair Grounds....

Sister Mary Vincent and the Answer to Her Prayers

Many will tell you greatness and ability cannot be made – that you simply have to stay out of the way – and this, in part, is true. But each runner carries the hopes and dreams of its connections – breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys, exercise riders, grooms, hotwalkers – in fleet-footed pursuit of...

Feature: Sister Mary Vincent Remembers Risen Star

Racehorses, especially the greatest ones, touch many lives. They slip into this world on spindly legs with flaring nostrils, and anyone who has witnessed the miracle of foaling will tell you this in itself is a remarkable memory. As they grow and develop, diamonds in the rough, those who know them...