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Patience Drive Wins Friday at Fair Grounds

Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.’s Patience Drive challenged the pacesetting Age of Humor, owned by Skychai Racing and Twin Creeks Farm et al., in the vicinity of the furlong grounds and outgamed that rival the rest of the way to win Friday’s $51,000 filly and mare allowance/optional claiming feature at...

Dixie Poker Ace Still Enjoying Senior Citizen Years

He turned 24 years old a week ago, but Dixie Poker Ace, for whom Saturday’s $60,000 Fair Grounds’ featured grass stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds is named, is still doing fine, according to Lora Pitre, owner/manager of Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas, Louisiana, where the ancient warrior is...

Canon Man Takes Thursday Feature

B/L Racing Stable and Michelle Lovell’s Canon Man, in command quickly after the break, made the pace, withstood a challenge from Feel The Thunder Stable and David Cassidy’s Siente El Trueno at the quarter-pole and drew clear again to win Thursday’s featured $49,000 six-furlong allowance sprint by 1...

Kissimmee Kyle Tops Dixie Poker Ace, Older Stars Face Off in Saturday Allowance

Red Oak Stable’s Kissimmee Kyle, a Louisiana-bred owned by Florida-based John Brunetti of Hialeah Park, has been installed as the slight 5-2 choice in Saturday’s 30th renewal of the $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace Stakes, restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds at about one mile over Fair Grounds’ Stall-...

Scrappy Roo Wins Monday Feature

Steve Asmussen’s Scrappy Roo, always well placed, came up to challenge H & H Ranch’s front-running Valid Message entering the lane, took command approaching the furlong grounds and drew off the rest of the way for a three-length tally in Monday’s $27,000 starter allowance optional claiming...

Machen Leads Howard's Quintet of La. Derby Noms

When longtime Fair Grounds-based trainer Neil Howard saddled Courtlandt Farms’ Machen to win Sunday’s $45,000 3-year-old feature by 5 ½ lengths, it gave the quiet, modest conditioner six wins from 15 starters at the 2010-2011 season and allowed him to join the top 10 in the local trainer standings...

3YO Machen an Impressive Debut Winner

Courtlandt Farms’ Machen, allowed to settle early, rallied strongly approaching the lane, took command in upper stretch and drew off with authority to capture Sunday’s featured $45,000 six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old maidens by 5 ½ lengths. Trained by the resurgent Neil Howard, enjoying one of...

Albarado Suffers Broken Heel in Pre-Race Mishap

Jockey Robby Albarado suffered a broken right heel when he was dismounted by 3-year-old filly Mollys Missb’havin while leaving the paddock for Race 2. Albarado was transported to Tulane Medical Center for X-rays. Albarado told a track official a CT scan was being scheduled to determine whether...

Red Strike Likely for Turf Series

The Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap on Jan. 22, the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap Feb. 19 and the Grade II Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap March 26 – all scheduled for the Stall-Wilson turf course – make up the dates of Fair Grounds’ three graded stakes grass series in 2011. The Col. Bradley...

Avie's Tale Takes Off-Turf Blushing K.D. Handicap

Ivan Dalos’s Avie’s Tale, void of early foot, launched a bold bid when set down for the drive and drew off in the final furlong for a 3 1/4-length win in Saturday’s $60,000 Blushing K. D. Handicap – the New Year’s Day filly and mare feature at Fair Grounds. “You can’t make her do anything,” said...