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Derby Day Undercard Stakes Preview:

Saturday’s $750,000 Louisiana Derby as the richest race in Fair Grounds history, the 85th running of the tradition-rich Grade II New Orleans Handicap for older horses and the 17th renewal of the Grade II Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap for older horses on the Stall-Wilson turf course serve as the...

Brisnet Handicappers Edge Fair Grounds Notes 3/23/10

Discreetly Mine heads baker's dozen in Louisiana Derby Discreetly Mine may face more pace pressure than he did in the Risen Star (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)If the Todd Pletcher-trained DISCREETLY MINE (Mineshaft) makes it to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May, he will enter the...

Awesome Gem Tops N.O. 'Cap, Blues Street Heads Muniz Memorial 'Cap

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Awesome Gem, a California-based gelding with dangerous recent success as an invader, has been installed a the slight choice at 5-2 in the morning line for Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade II New Orleans Handicap – Fair Grounds’ season highlight for older horses run as...

Rachel Alexandra Works Monday

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra worked an easy half-mile in 50.40 at Fair Grounds Monday morning in her first timed move since her narrow loss to Arnold Zetcher’s Zardana in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies March 13. “They didn’t ask her to do too much,” said Fair Grounds clocker and morning...

Discreetly Mine Installed as 7-2 Favorite for Saturday's Grade II, $750,000 Louisiana Derby

E Paul Robsham Stable’s Discreetly Mine, wire-to-wire winner of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 20 as the final major local prep for Saturday’s 97th running of the Grade II Louisiana Derby, has been tabbed as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite in a field of 13 for this renewal based on his length and a...

Absolutely Smart Wins Sunday Feature

John Murphy Sr and Chris Swann’s Absolutely Smart made the pace and drew off late to win Sunday’s filly and mare feature by six lengths on the 81st day of Fair Grounds’ 85-day  2009-2010 Thoroughbred Racing Season Presented by Miller Lite. Absolutely Smart, trained by Bernie Flint and ridden by...

Ailalea Favored in Friday's Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks

Starlight Partners’ Ailalea, clearly best in Aqueduct’s Grade III Tempted Stakes Nov. 7 in the final start of her juvenile campaign, has been installed as the lukewarm 3-1 morning line choice in the wagering for Friday’s 44th running of the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, the showcase event for 3-year-...

Derby Week Notes: Baffert, Lukas, Derby Rider Assignments, General Quarters and More!

Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters, one of the favorites for Saturday’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap, breezed a half-mile in 49.40 Sunday morning in a move that left his owner-trainer’s Irish eyes smiling.

Derby Week Notes: General Quarters, Giant Oak, Baffert, Lukas, Jockeys, Rachel Alexandra and more!

Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters, one of the favorites for Saturday’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap, breezed a half-mile in 49.40 Sunday morning in a move that left his owner-trainer’s Irish eyes smiling while he cooled out his colt following the encouraging work. “It was the way he finished up that...

Discreetly Mine Favored in Field of 13 for Saturday's Grade II, $750,000 Louisiana Derby

E. Paul Robsham Stable’s Discreetly Mine, wire-to-wire winner of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 20 as the final major local prep for today’s 97th running of the Grade II Louisiana Derby, has been tabbed as the 7-2 favorite in a field of 13 for Fair Grounds' signature race based on his length...