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Vanquisher Favored in Buddy D.; Somme Tops Competitive Pago Hop

The 25th anniversary edition of Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Pago Hop Stakes for sophomore fillies over the Stall-Wilson turf course will be bundled with the fifth running of the $60,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial Handicap for 3-year-olds and up – also on the grass – as the co-featured highlights on the...

Pony Express

Every morning for about the last 55 years or so, trainers on the backstretch have seen a smiling, familiar face escorting race horses back and forth to the race track aboard his pony. Wilvon Robinson is one of the most recognizable people in Louisiana racing and there are a few reasons why he‘s so...

May One Wins Sunday Feature

Joseph Haddad’s May One, a 5-year-old daughter of Waquoit trained by Mike Stidham, responded gamely when roused by Fair Grounds’ current leading rider Jamie Theriot and proved best by three-quarters of a length in Sunday’s featured 1 1/16-mile $47,000 event for fillies and mares over the Stall-...

Guidry Training at FG; St. Julien Continues on Comeback Trail

Louisiana native Mark Guidry, who spent the majority of his jockey career as the dominant year-round dean of Chicago riders, embarked on his new career as a trainer three years ago – but will be stabling his barn at Fair Grounds for the first time this winter. “The Gid” saddled Rodney Verret’s Lyd...

Ice Climber Wins Feature; Flash Mash Emerges as FG Oaks Contender

Allowed to settle early, Team Block’s Ice Climber commenced a rally outside the leaders when set down for the drive and wore down Last Call Racing Partnership’s Musicstreet Menace in the late stages to be best by a length in Saturday’s featured 1 1/16-mile $47,000 allowance feature over the Stall-...

Theriot Wins Four on Friday

Three years ago, Louisiana-born jockey Jamie Theriot rode most of the races on a cold, overcast November day at Churchill Downs, got into his car at the end of the day and drove all night to ride the opening day card at Fair Grounds. It proved to be worth the rush. Theriot arrived in time for the...

Hallway Hits His Stride in Mr. Sulu Stakes

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Hallway came from off the pace in Saturday’s $60,000 Mr. Sulu Stakes for a one-length win, denying defending champion Desert Wheat (owned by Wachtel Stable, Brous Stable and J. D. Lee) a third straight win in Fair Grounds’ 1 1/16-mile race restricted to accredited...

Hallway Splashes to Mr. Sulu Victory

Hallway came from off the pace in Saturday’s $60,000 Mr. Sulu Stakes for a one-length win, denying defending champion Desert Wheat a third straight win in Fair Grounds’ 1 1/16-mile race restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds. The winner gave Steve Asmussen a training triple and jockey Jamie...

Pair of Anna Win On Opening Day

Female jockeys may have developed an increasing presence at Fair Grounds in recent seasons, but having two different female riders visit the winner’s circle on opening day at the Crescent City oval – that’s a rare happening that was accomplished on Thanksgiving, the opening day of the 2010-2011...

Mambo Galliano Waltzes in 85th Thanksgiving Handicap on Opening Day

Former Fair Grounds owner Louie Roussel III was not present for the 85th running of the featured $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap on Fair Grounds’ traditional opening day, but it was still a rousing hometown victory for the New Orleans native because he owns and trains the winner, Mambo Galliano....