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Zardana Spoils Rachel Alexandra's Star Turn

STAKES QUOTES $200,000 New Orleans LadiesFillies & mares, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles, inaugural running Jockey David Flores (Zardana, winner): “We had a picture-perfect trip. The strategy was simply to get her to relax and John (Shirreffs, trainer) said she would get the job done. I got...

Super Saturday at 10 Fair Grounds OTBs; Meet Randy Romero in Kenner

The Triple Crown quest of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Louisiana-born jockey Calvin Borel in the Preakness Stakes will be front and center Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, as well as all 10 Fair Grounds OTB & Casino locations. The 135th Preakness will be featured on...

Shameless Outgames Four Bears in Friday Feature

After alternating for the lead most of the way in Friday’s $41,000 filly and mare feature, Jay Em Ess Stable’s Shameless outgamed Maynard Farm and JVH Inc.’s Four Bears to be best by a head at the wire and give defending jockey champion Robby Albarado his third of four wins during the afternoon...

It's On! Rachel Alexandra Makes 4-Year-Old Debut in Today's New Orleans Ladies

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will become the first reigning Horse of the Year to race at Fair Grounds since Whirlaway in 1942 when she makes her 4-year old debut in today's $200,000 New Orleans Ladies. First post for today's 11-race program is 12:40 p.m. with Race 10, the New Orleans Ladies,...

Rachel Alexandra Gallops, Schools on Ladies Eve

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra made two appearances on the eve of her 4-year old debut in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies, turning in a strong six-furlong gallop early in the morning and then wowing a crowd of admirers in the paddock during the afternoon’s fourth race. The gallop came at 6:15 a...

Brisnet Handicappers Edge Derby and Fair Grounds notes 3/12/10

KENTUCKY DERBY REPORT MARCH 11, 2010 by James Scully Bob Baffert could've played it safe with LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike) by keeping him at home in Saturday's San Felipe S. (G2), but he decided to ship to Oaklawn Park for Saturday's Rebel S. (G2), where the two-year-old champion is set to make...

Rachel Vists Gate, Zardana Settles In

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra went to the head of her gate-schooling class Thursday during training hours at Fair Grounds when she familiarized herself with the starting gate for a second time this month shortly after 7 a.m. That’s according to a verbal report offered by Glen Miller and “...

Rachel Alexanda Stretches Legs in Wednesday Gallop

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra returned to the track Wednesday morning for an easy gallop three days prior to her 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s $200,000 New Orleans Ladies. On Tuesday, the Medaglia d’Oro filly walked the shed row in trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn, the normal routine on the...

Valentine Fever Wins Monday

Lloyd Madison Farms IV’s Valentine Fever, allowed to settle behind the early leaders in Monday’s Fair Grounds $44,500 feature, threaded through those with a well-judged ride by jockey Francisco Torres to win the sprint for accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares at about five and a half...

From 'A' to 'Z' With Zardana Owner Arnold Zetcher

The “buzz” concerning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra’s rivals in Saturday’s $200,000 New Orleans Ladies mostly surrounds the Brazilian-bred mare Zardana. That’s because she is conditioned by John Shirreffs, who also trains Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra’s projected rival in Oaklawn Park’s Apple...