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Brisnet Handicappers Edge Kentucky Derby and Oaks Notes 3/19/10

KENTUCKY DERBY REPORT MARCH 18, 2010 by James Scully Nobody knew what to expect from the champ. After missing training time due to illness and wet weather, LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike) had every right to be a little short off the near three-month layoff in Saturday's Rebel S. (G2). He wasn't...

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Van Missiletoe Wins Saint Patrick's Day Feature

Van Missiletoe, owned by the Irish-for-a-day partnership of Hoedebeck, Ratkowski and Greenspan, won the featured $43,000 six-furlong allowance sprint at Fair Grounds by three lengths on the special St. Patrick’s Day Wednesday program. Allowed to settle just off the pace, Van Missiletoe saved...

Discreetly Mine, Drosselmeyer, Ron the Greek All Probable for Louisiana Derby

Paul Robsham Stables’ Discreetly Mine, winner of Fair Grounds’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 20 as the strong second choice of the fans; WinStar Farm’s Drosselmeyer, fourth in that same test as the post time favorite; and Jack Hammer’s Ron the Greek, who finished sixth as the locally-based third...

Askbut I Won'ttell Wins Monday

Team Block and Rich Ege’s Askbut I Won’ttell, unhurried early, launched a bold bid when set down for the drive, gained the advantage near the three-sixteenths pole and drew off steadily the rest of the way for a 4 1/2-length tally in Monday’s $43,000 featured race for fillies and mares at about 1 1...

Ron the Greek, Hotep Get Weekend Works for Louisiana Derby

Jack Hammer’s Ron the Greek, winner of Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Stakes Jan. 23 as the first leg of the local sophomore series, worked six furlongs in 1:13.40 Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade II Louisiana Derby March 27. “It was a very good work for him,” said trainer Tom Amoss on...

Brisnet Handicappers Edge Fair Grounds notes 3/15/10

Rachel Alexandra exits debut in good condition, will miss Apple Blossom Rachel Alexandra (inside) just got run down by Zardana (outside) in the New Orleans Ladies (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography) Horse of the Year RACHEL ALEXANDRA (Medaglia d'Oro) was in good order Sunday, the morning following...

Foreign Production Wins Sunday Feature

Foxwood Plantation’s Foreign Production broke in full stride to make the pace and continued willingly in the late stages to win Sunday’s $46,000 six-furlong allowance sprint for accredited Louisiana-breds by a length and three-quarters. Trained by Sweet Hodges and ridden by Carlos Gonzalez, the 4-...

Groom Grins as Zardana Wins

Frankie Leal, stable foreman for California-based trainer John Shirreffs and the man who accompanied Arnold Zetcher’s New Orleans Ladies heroine Zardana to the Crescent City, was unsurprisingly all smiles Sunday morning outside his Brazilian-bred mare’s home-away-from-home in trainer Wally Dollase’...

Rachel Alexandra Won't Go to Oaklawn for Apple Blossom

Jess Jackson: “We tried and we really wanted to go (to the Apple Blossom). It’s unfortunate but the timing just wasn’t right. For the health of the horse. It’s obvious she’s not in top shape. The race yesterday was to define how far along she was. I repeatedly told people she was only eighty or...