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FAIR GROUNDS FOCUS: Road to Louisiana Derby Day 2015 - Vol. 1

  3-YEAR OLDS: INTERNATIONAL STAR INVADES, WAR STORY BEST OF LOCALS The Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (above) on Jan. 17 provided the local fans with their initial taste of the Triple Crown trail and the first of the three major local graded stakes for sophomores.  The race...

Barn Notes: Monday, January 19

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: INTERNATIONAL STAR EXITS LECOMTE WELL, POSSIBLE FOR RISEN STAR; SHOOK UP AIMING FOR RACHEL ALEXANDRA; NOTTE D'ORO AND HUNG THE MOON LIKELY BAYOU-BOUND INTERNATIONAL STAR EXITS LECOMTE WELL, POSSIBLE FOR RISEN STAR Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star is reportedly...

Barn Notes: Sunday, January 18

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: HERNANDEZ CONTINUES STEADY ASCENSION; STRING KING LIKELY TO WAIT FOR MUNIZ HERNANDEZ CONTINUES STEADY ASCENSIONThe career of jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. has been a successful exercise in understatement.  Self-effacing and subtly astute in demeanor, it is easy to forget...

International Star Radiant in Lecomte

 Owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker made it two consecutive years of Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes glory when their improving colt International Star shot to an impressive 2½-length victory in Saturday’s 71st running of the Fair Grounds Race Course feature.  Ridden...

I'm a Chatterbox Quite the Clamour in Silverbulletday Romp

Fletcher and Carolyn Gray’s homebred I’m a Chatterbox proved her recent string of quick local works – including two consecutive bullets going into today’s race – were anything but ‘all talk’ when she sounded off and dismantled a quality field of sophomore fillies by eight lengths in Saturday’s 23rd...

Stakes Recaps: Colonel E. R. Bradley, Marie G. Krantz, Louisiana Stakes

STRING KING WEARS BRADLEY CROWN; NOTTE D’ORO SHINES IN KRANTZ; HARD ACES PASSES TEST IN LOUISIANA The third time was the charm for the Charlie Smith-bred, -owned and -trained String King in the Grade III $123,750 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course, one of five stakes comprising...

Barn Notes: Friday, January 16

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: HIGHLY REGARDED EXODUS STAKES-BOUND; AMOSS GOES FOR UNPRECEDENTED FOURTH LECOMTE; BROADWAY SHOW ALWAYS EXPECTED TO BE A HIT   HIGHLY REGARDED EXODUS STAKES-BOUND Fox Hill Farm’s highly regarded Exodus exited his superb maiden victory on Jan. 4 in fine form and has...

Barn Notes: Thursday, January 15

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: MONEY'SONCHARLOTTE USING SILVERBULLETDAY AS STEPPING STONE; STIDHAM TACKLES KRANTZ WITH TRIO; IMPRESSIVE INDIANA-BRED PADDY'S NOTES GOES AFTER LOUISIANA; CINCO CHARLIE TO TRY TWO TURNS MONEY’SONCHARLOTTE USING SILVERBULLETDAY AS STEPPING STONE Owners George and Lori Hall...

Stakes Advances: Louisiana Stakes & Marie Krantz

  ALBANO KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN IN LOUISIANA STAKES; GRADE I WINNER KITTEN’S DUMPLINGS RETURNS IN KRANTZ Brereton C. Jones’ Albano will look to kick off what could be a breakthrough year for the son of Istan when he heads a six-horse field for the 69th running of the 1 1/16-mile Listed $75,000...

Stakes Advance: Grade III Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap

VILLANDRY THE ONE TO BEAT IN BALANCED BRADLEY Saturday’s 29th running of the Grade III $100,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the Stall-Wilson turf course, which commences a 50-cent all-stakes pick-4 as the eighth of 12 races, is led by Gainesway Stable’s 120-pound highweight...