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Louisiana Champions Day Recap

  SUNBEAN NOSES OUT STRING KING IN 23RD RUNNING OF THE $150,000 LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY CLASSIC Brittlyn Stable’s Sunbean, a contestant in last spring’s Grade II Louisiana Derby as well as other graded stakes, returned to Louisiana-bred company and winning ways again by nosing out Charles...

Barn Notes: Friday, December 13

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: THE GRASS IS GREENER FOR HUD'S REBELLION; TWO UNDEFEATED 2-YEAR-OLDS TO MATCH STRIDES IN SATURDAY'S LCD JUVENILE; LADYZARBRIDGE: ONCE! TWICE! THREE TIMES - A LCD LADIES WINNER?; ADDITIONAL 50-CENT PICK-4 AVAILABLE SATURDAY ON RACES 7-10 It’s not much of a surprise, but...

Barn Notes: Thursday, December 12

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: SUNBEAN SET TO SHINE ON LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY; OWNER-TRAINER-BREEDERS SMITH SHOOTS FOR ALL THE MARBLES WITH STRING KING; ADJUDGED BC JUVENILE FILLIES HEROINE RIA ANTONIA ARRIVING AT FG DEC. 27; ADDED ATTRACTIONS ABOUND SATURDAY ON LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY Brittlyn Stable’s...

Stakes Advance: Louisiana Champions Day

  SUNBEAN, 'KING' TO VIE ON LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY; HUD'S REBELLING LIKELY CHOICE IN $100,000 LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY TURF; SPECIAL 12:30 POST TIME SET FOR LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS SATURDAY; AQHA RACING ACES COORDINATOR MARTHA CLAUSSEN TO HOST FAN ED AREA Brittlyn Stable’sSunbean, a contestant in...

Barn Notes: Sunday, December 8

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: APPRENTICE VANESSA FRY DEBUTS WITH $100 WINNER; TRAINER ANDY LEGGIO JR. PREPARING FOR LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY SATURDAY; HEAVY ON THEMISTER TO PASS UP LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY CLASSIC She’s already something of a rarity as an African-American female apprentice jockey born and...

Apprentice Jockey Vanessa Fry Notches First Career Winner Saturday

  APPRENTICE JOCKEY VANESSA FRY BAGS FIRST CAREER WINNER IN SATURDAY FINALE Apprentice rider Vanessa Fry, a 25-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native, notched her first career victory in her eighth lifetime ride in the finale Saturday at Fair Grounds. With one mount scheduled on the card, Fry waited...

Stakes Recap: Magic City Classic & Kudzu Juvenile

  BUSTED ACCOUNT EARNS BIG PAYDAY WITH 'MAGIC' WIN; STRIKE FOR GOLD CAPTURES KUDZU JUVENILE Michael Annechino’s Busted Account, winless since February, made up for lost time with a 4 ¾-length win in Saturday’s $50,000 Magic City Classic, a one mile and 70-yard event restricted to older Alabama...

Barn Notes: Friday, December 6

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: ROBBY ALBARADO HAPPY TO BE BACK AT FAIR GROUNDS; FAIR GROUNDS JOCKEY, TRAINER STANDINGS THROUGH THURSDAY; FAIR GROUNDS MOURNING BELOVED MUTUEL CLERK FRED LAURENT Louisiana’s own Robby Albarado, the only jockey in New Orleans racing history to win seven leading rider titles...

Stakes Advance: Magic City Classic and Kudzu Juvenile

ABAMA LIGHT BACK TO DEFEND MAGIC CITY CLASSIC WIN; KUDZU JUVENILE FOR ALABAMA-BREDS ALSO ON TOP Taylor Nelson’s Abama Light is set to defend last year’s winning effort in Saturday’s $50,000 Magic City Classic at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots but faces several worthy challengers in the one...

Barn Notes: Wednesday, December 4

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: OWNER-TRAINER TOM MCCARTHY BACK IN NEW ORLEANS; ALBARADO, BRIDGMOHAN, MENA TO RIDE AT FAIR GROUNDS BEGINNING THURSDAY; INTRODUCING APPRENTICE JOCKEY ASHLEY BROUSSARD Owner-trainer Tom McCarthy, the septuagenarian former high school principal who became the feel-good...