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Wednesday Notes: Two Strikes Hittable for Homers in Grade III Colonel Bradley

Nine players will take the field for Saturday’s Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course, and one of them, Pin Oak Stable’s Strike Again, is the projected 7-2 second choice in the morning line. The Col. Bradley is one of two graded races among six stakes...

Four Intriguing Supporting Stakes Round Out Road to the Derby Kickoff Day

Feel The Thunder Stable’s Gran Estreno, the $20,000 claim that keeps on giving, is expected to feel the thunder of Pin Oak Stable’s Strike Again next to him once again over the local Stall-Wilson turf course in Saturday’s Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day...

Feature Story: Lecomte and an Epic Antebellum Rivalry

Every January at Fair Grounds, a promising young group of horses heads postward in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes. These are the newly-turned 3-year-olds of a fresh Triple Crown season, and the Lecomte serves as their initial proving ground. Perhaps one of these starters, decades down the road, will...

Feature Story: Lecomte and an Epic Antebellum Rivalry

Every January at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, a promising young group of horses heads postward in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes. These are the newly-turned 3-year-olds of a fresh Triple Crown season, and the Lecomte serves as their initial proving ground. Perhaps one of these starters,...

Justin Phillip Tops Saturday's Gr. III Lecomte Stakes for 3-Year-Olds

Justin Phillip, an impressive allowance winner here on New Year’s Day, has been installed as the 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s Lecomte Stakes, initial leg of Fair Grounds’ three-race series for horses hopeful for a Triple Crown run. As the first local prep for the $1 million Louisiana Derby , the...

Justin Phillip Tops Saturday's Grade III Lecomte Stakes for 3-Year-Olds

Zayat Stable’s Justin Phillip, an impressive allowance winner here on New Year’s Day, has been installed as the 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s Grade III Lecomte Stakes, initial leg of Fair Grounds’ three-race sophomore series for horses hopeful for a Triple Crown run later in the spring. As the first...

Aide Slight Choice in Saturday's Silverbulletday

Adele Dilschneider’s Aide, who finished fourth in the prestigious Grade II Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs in her last start Nov. 27, has been made the lukewarm 3-1 choice in Saturday’s $100,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds – first leg of the New Orleans oval’s three-race series for...

Nates Mineshaft Wins Monday Feature

Pete Reiman’s Nates Mineshaft broke in stride to make the pace and held on willingly to win Monday’s $49,000 allowance feature at Fair Grounds by a length and a quarter. The winner toured the mile and 70-yard distance in 1:42.93 after establishing early splits of 23:95 and 47.15, increased his...
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Hotel Monteleone and Fair Grounds Continue Long History on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day

Hotel Monteleone and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, two New Orleans institutions that each date back to the 19th Century, have been closely associated for so long nobody can recall exactly when the relationship started. What is known for certain, however, is that Hotel Monteleone was among...

Lonesome Street Wins Sunday Feature

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Lonesome Street alternated for the early lead with George Ditola’s Cross Village, drew away from that one a second time after the eighth pole and won Sunday’s $51,000 Fair Grounds optional claiming grass feature by 2 1/4-lengths. Ridden by Miguel Mena and trained by Mike...