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DreamBet, Derby Hat Contest and Romero Book Signing Highlight Derby Day Events

A $10,000 Derby DreamBet, the annual Louisiana Derby Hat Contest and a book signing with retired jockey Randy Romero highlight the festivities surrounding Saturday’s Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Click the headline above for details on all of the on-track happenings today...

General Quarters Dodges Bullet

It was a scary Sunday for owner-trainer Tom McCarthy, but by Friday morning the alarm bells for General Quarters fell silent once again. Last Sunday morning, McCarthy was leading his one-horse stable consisting of last year’s Grade I Blue Grass winner General Quarters off the racecourse after a...

"And Now The End Is Near"

It is hard to believe that the end of this Fair Grounds racing season is rapidly approaching. As of today, Friday, March 19th, we've got only seven racing days left to go. The exciting thing about these last seven days is the amount of stakes action we'll get to see. Starting with tomorrow's card,...

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...

Brisnet.com Live Chat Today!

Handicap the Fair Grounds card and chat live one-on-one with the Brisnet.com staff of expert handicappers and other fans in the Brisnet.com Live Chat for Fair Grounds. Click the headline above to access today's chat, beginning at 12:10 p.m. CDT, a half-hour before first post.

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...