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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...

Three Stakes Reduced By $100k Each

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will reduce the purses of three stakes races still to be run this season—the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, the Grade II Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap and the Grade II New Orleans Handicap—by $100,000 each, to $300,000. “This move, painful as it is, ensures...

Rachel Alexandra Draws Post Two for Saturday's New Orleans Ladies

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra drew post position No. 2 in a five-horse field for her 2010 debut in Saturday’s $200,000 New Orleans Ladies. Regular rider Calvin Borel will be aboard, tacking 123 pounds, the maximum weight as the conditions are written.

Rachel Alexandra Draws Post Two for Saturday's New Orleans Ladies

Based on her unprecedented success as a 3-year-old filly last year, Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra has been installed as the prohibitive 1-5 morning line choice when she faces four female rivals in Fair Grounds’ inaugural running of the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies this Saturday in the super...

Wolfson to Guest on Brisnet.com Kentucky Derby Chat This Friday

2002 Handicapper of the Year Steve Wolfson Jr. will be the featured guest on the Brisnet.com "Kentucky Derby Trail" Live Chat this Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. CDT. Wolfson will preview the weekend's major Derby preps, take handicapping questions, and discuss the chances of horses in...

Rachel Alexandra Breezes an Easy Half-Mile in Final Work for New Orleans Ladies

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, with regular exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard, put in her final timed workout in advance of Saturday’s $200,000 New Orleans Ladies this morning, going four furlongs in :49, breezing, over the fast main track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.