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Forest Uproar, Avie's Tale Vie in Saturday's Marie G. Krantz Memorial 'Cap

Sam-Son Farms’ Forest Uproar, a facile winner at Fair Grounds in her only local start this season, has been installed as the solid 9-5 choice based on that effort in Saturday’s Fair Grounds feature, the 15th renewal of the $60,000 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap for older fillies and mares over the...

Half-Way There

  The conclusion of the past week put us at the half-way point of this winter Fair Grounds meeting. The season is nine weeks old and the jockey, trainer and owner’s standings are as close as ever. No one has emerged as the clear-cut favorite to finish in front in any of the categories. In the...

Monday Notes: Napravnik Ties for Lead in Jockey Standings

Following two successive riding triples Saturday and Sunday, jockey Rosie Napravnik has tied Richard Eramia for the lead with 42 wins apiece in the Fair Grounds jockey standings entering Monday’s nine-race program. Sunday’s 42nd racing day of Fair Grounds’ 2010-2011 season also officially marked...

Great Mills Wins Monday Turf Feature

Millennium Farms’ Great Mills proved no disappointment as the odds-on choice in the wagering in Fair Grounds’ $49,000 optional claiming feature on Monday when he took command at the furlong grounds and then drew off for a 1 3/4-length score under Shaun Bridgmohan. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the...

Life Begins Wins Sunday Feature

Trackside Farm and Tenlane Farm’s Life Begins won the first race of her career in her fifth lifetime start Sunday, drawing off for a 2 1/4 length victory in the stretch run of Fair Grounds’ $47,000 feature for maiden fillies and mares after alternating for the early lead with splits of 26.62 and 51...

Sunday Notes: Howard Honing Wilkinson's Skills With Patience

Trainer Neil Howard was his usual modest self when accepting congratulations back at his Fair Grounds barn Sunday morning, one day after his latest star sophomore Wilkinson, owned by Gaillardia Racing, occasioned a mild upset with his victory by a head in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes. The Lecomte...

Stakes Quotes from Road to the Derby Kickoff Day

Race 1-$60,000 F.W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes (4-year-olds and up, Six furlongs, 26th running) Trainer Steve Margolis (Early Return, winner): “He is a very versatile horse, as you saw last time in the Bonapaw when he came from last. He’s won at Hoosier on the lead.  He’s won close to the lead....

Bouquet Booth Gate to Wire in Silverbulletday Stakes

Right Time Racing LLC’s Bouquet Booth grasped an opportunity to control the early pace and held on determinedly to prevail by a neck over James M. Miller’s Daisy Devine in Saturday’s $100,000 Silverbulletday Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The Silverbulletday...

Wilkinson Wins Grade III Lecomte Stakes on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day

Trainer Neil Howard had indicated that Gaillardia Racing’s Wilkinson may have been a little flat when he finished third in his last race at Fair Grounds on New Year’s Day, but the sophomore son of 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid was sharp as a sword Saturday afternoon at the New Orleans...

Undercard: Gran Estreno, Recapturetheglory, Wild About Marie, Early Return Win Stakes

Feel The Thunder Stable’s Gran Estreno, a two-time winner of the Grade III Washington Park Handicap over Arlington’s synthetic surface in Chicago, proved equally proficient in Grade III company on the grass by capturing Saturday’s Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap on Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson...