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Feature: Things Looking Up for Hot Fair Grounds Trainer Howard

Wins? Eight from 22 starters, up to a healthy 36 percent. Horses in the money? Naturally, 45 percent of the time. Earnings thus far? $204,220 – compared to just $162,930 brought in here over the entire course of last season. Yes, things are looking up for Neil Howard at Fair Grounds, and no one...

Bella Medaglia Wins Starlight Feature

Coteau Grove Farms’ Bella Medaglia collared Maggi Moss’s favored Little Polka Dot in mid-stretch and then drew off for a 5 3/4-length score in the $49,000 allowance optional claiming filly and mare race that headlined Friday’s evening’s Starlight Racing program at Fair Grounds. The 4-year-old...

Feature: Things Looking Up for Trainer Neil Howard

Let us examine Neil Howard’s last season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Given the grim nature of the subject, we’ll be brief. Fifty-seven starters, only three victories. A five percent win rate. Runners simply not hitting their conditions, a frustrating winter for sure. Now let us focus...

Friday Notes: Saturday's Silverbulletday Attracts Margolis Pair

A year ago at this time, trainer Steve Margolis  was juggling the campaigns of two talented 3-year-old colts, Winmore LLC’s Cool Bullet and Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Stay Put. Cool Bullet had won the Sugar Bowl Stakes in the last month of his 2-year-old season and went on to run...

Chloe Kate Wins Thursday Feature

Courtlandt Farm’s Chloe Kate, just behind the early leaders, launched a bid outside front-running Royal Alluvial, owned by Arapaho Royal, entering the lane, took command just after the furlong grounds and drew clear late for a length and  half win in Thursday’s featured $49,000 allowance...

Feature: Seans Silverdancer's Owner 'The Luckiest Guy in Horse Racing'

“That Dan Sullivan,” an enthusiastic Terril Corman said on the Thursday before the $100,000 Silverbulletday Stakes, “has been the luckiest guy in horse racing!” It was morning on the backside of Fair Grounds, and Sullivan’s 3-year-old filly Seans Silverdancer was about to emerge from a stall in...

Road to the Derby Kickoff Week Feature: Seans Silverdancer's Owner 'The Luckiest Guy in Horse Racing'

“That Dan Sullivan,” an enthusiastic Terril Corman said on the Thursday before the $100,000 Silverbulletday Stakes, “has been the luckiest guy in horse racing!” It was morning on the backside of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, and Sullivan’s 3-year-old filly was about to emerge from a stall...

Thursday Notes: Country Flavor Appetizing in Louisiana Handicap

Jim Tafel’s Country Flavor won Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Tenacious Handicap last month at 11-1 odds, last spring’s Grade III Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park at 21-1, and is the only horse in Saturday’s $60,000 Louisiana Handicap that has won a race over this track this season at Saturday’s distance....

Feature Story: Calhoun Has Come a Long Way at Fair Grounds and Beyond

Bret Calhoun remembers first coming to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in the mid-1990s with a small string of runners. He didn’t belong. “I was kind of in awe then because I didn’t have very good stock and it was top racing,” the trainer said Wednesday morning, as he oversaw the routines of...

Feature Story: Calhoun Has Come a Long Way at FG and Beyond

At the current meeting, trainer Bret Calhoun ranks second to perennial leader Steve Asmussen in number of wins and is the track’s top trainer by earnings with $510,963. Saturday, he’ll saddle 3-year-old hopeful Action Ready in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day. It’s a...