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Preview Day Winners Emerge Unscathed Sunday

Risen Star Stakes winner Discreetly Mine, Mineshaft Handicap hero Stonehouse, Silverbulletday Stakes heroine Jody Slew and Fair Grounds Handicap victor Blues Street all came out of their respective victories in Saturday’s graded stakes in good order and were doing well Sunday morning. Discreetly...

Discreetly Mine Gate to Wire in Grade II Risen Star

E. Paul Robsham Stables’ Discreetly Mine took advantage of an unexpectedly soft pace and led gate to wire while winning Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes by 1 ½-lengths at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans.

Preview Day Undercard: Stonehouse Steals Mineshaft; Blues Street Takes FG 'Cap

The predicted duel between last winter’s Grade II Louisiana Derby winner and last spring’s Grade I Blue Grass Stakes winner got shot down Saturday when Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Stonehouse snuck up to steal the gold medal in the Grade III Mineshaft Handicap. Vinery Stable and Fox Hill...

Jody Slew Runs Down Quiet Temper in Grade III Silverbulletday

Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Jody Slew came from more than 20 lengths back to run down Mark H. Stanley’s Quiet Temper, who led for every step but the last one, in a thrilling renewal of the Grade III Silverbulletday Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in...

Discreetly Mine Gate to Wire in Grade II Risen Star

Paul Robsham Stables’ Discreetly Mine took advantage of an unexpectedly soft pace and led gate to wire while winning Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes by 1 ½-lengths at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans. The $300,000 Risen Star is the second in Fair Grounds’ three-race “Road...

Starlight Racing Shines Bright On Friday

After writing about the New Orleans Saints getting to and winning the Super Bowl over the past couple of weeks, I promised I'd get back to talking about racing, in particular about trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi, with this blog. Well, I'm gonna go back on my promise, sort of, for another week. I've...

Brisnet Handicappers Edge Fair Grounds notes 2/20/10.

Rachel Alexandra turns in sharp five-furlong breeze Rachel Alexandra has three more scheduled works before the March 13 Ladies Classic (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography) Horse of the Year RACHEL ALEXANDRA (Medaglia d'Oro) continued to work forwardly Thursday morning in advance of the March 13...

Starlight Racing an 'Unqualified Success' as Mad Flatter Wins the Feature

The second of three Starlight Racing programs during Fair Grounds’ 2009-2010 Thoroughbred Racing Season Presented by Miller Lite was deemed an “unqualified success” by Fair Grounds president Austin Miller. “After such a long few weeks of parties for the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, I was really...

Cross-Entered Giant Oak Will Go in Mineshaft

Virginia Tarra’s Giant Oak, cross-entered in Saturday’s Grade III Mineshaft Handicap on the main track as well as the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap over the Stall-Wilson turf course, is now all but certain to face last winter’s Louisiana Derby winner Friesan Fire and last spring’s Blue Grass...

Preview Day Invaders Gallop Thursday Morning

The Todd Pletcher-trained trio of horses who arrived Wednesday in New Orleans for three different graded races on Saturday’s Louisiana Derby Preview Day at Fair Grounds all got the feel of the local atmosphere Thursday morning with leisurely gallops around the Crescent City course. “Discreetly Mine...