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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...

Justin Phillip a Candidate for 3YO Stakes

Zayat Stables’ well-bred sophomore Justin Phillip appears talented enough to be a worthy candidate for Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Stakes as part of Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone on Jan. 22. Backed down to 1-2 favoritism by the New Year’s Day crowd at the Crescent...

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

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.

"Big Frank" Goes To Hollywood

  Last racing season one of the blogs I wrote was about assistant trainers and their importance to the barns they work for. Frank Bernis was the subject of that blog back then as he was working for trainer Tom Amoss. I explained, with the help of trainer Tom, how important “Big Frank” was to...

Futurity Winners May Go Long

Trainer Mike Burgess was all smiles back at his Fair Grounds barn Saturday morning, enjoying the post-race afterglow of Sweet Ruston’s 3 1/2-length win in Friday’s filly division of Fair Grounds’ $107,125 Louisiana Futurity. “She came back good,” Burgess said of the Richard Ringo-owned filly. “She...

Max Me Out Wins Woodchopper; Populist Politics, Sweet Ruston Take Divisions of La. Futurity

Max Me Out, owned by the partnership of D&G Racing, Diamond Racing and 4-Star Thunder, responded with some stretch-running thunder of his own and drew off late for a 1 3/4-length tally in the $60,000 Woodchopper Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on New Year’s Eve. As it turned out...

Five Percent Purse Boost Announced

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced today a 5 percent increase of overnight purses, effective Thursday (Jan. 6). “Bettors have responded to the consistently high quality of racing at Fair Grounds,” track Vice President & General Manager Eric Halstrom said. “It’s always gratifying...

Max Me Out, Populist Politics, Sweet Ruston Win in Three New Year's Eve Stakes

Max Me Out, owned by the partnership of D&G Racing, Diamond Racing and 4-Star Thunder, responded with some stretch-running thunder of his own and drew off late for a 1 3/4-length tally in the $60,000 Woodchopper Stakes on New Year’s Eve. Click the headline for a full recap of Friday's three New...

Daisy Devine Enters Silverbulletday Picture

James Miller’s Daisy Devine popped clearly into the picture for Fair Grounds’ upcoming three-race sophomore filly series with an upset one-length victory in Thursday’s $47,000 featured mile and 40-yard allowance test for juvenile fillies at the New Orleans oval. The sophomore filly series will...