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The Who Dats - Blew Dat

It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting here in shock like a lot of other Saints fans. The Saints have been eliminated in the wildcard playoff game, losing to the Seattle Seahawks 41-36. The Saints season is over, done - see ya next year. Are you kidding me? This game was supposed to be like a prep for...

Wildrally Takes Dixie Poker Ace; Cash Refund Back on Winning Track

Charles Zacney and Eddie Johnston’s Wildrally, hero of the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf two seasons ago, returned to his winning ways in state-bred stakes company at Fair Grounds Saturday with a one-length tally in the featured $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace Stakes. Allowed to settle early under...

Wildrally Takes Dixie Poker Ace; Cash Refund Back on Winning Track

Charles Zacney and Eddie Johnston’s Wildrally, hero of the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf two seasons ago, returned to his winning ways in state-bred stakes company at Fair Grounds on Saturday with a one-length tally in the featured $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace Stakes.

Patience Drive Wins Friday at Fair Grounds

Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.’s Patience Drive challenged the pacesetting Age of Humor, owned by Skychai Racing and Twin Creeks Farm et al., in the vicinity of the furlong grounds and outgamed that rival the rest of the way to win Friday’s $51,000 filly and mare allowance/optional claiming feature at...

Dixie Poker Ace Still Enjoying Senior Citizen Years

He turned 24 years old a week ago, but Dixie Poker Ace, for whom Saturday’s $60,000 Fair Grounds’ featured grass stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds is named, is still doing fine, according to Lora Pitre, owner/manager of Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas, Louisiana, where the ancient warrior is...

Canon Man Takes Thursday Feature

B/L Racing Stable and Michelle Lovell’s Canon Man, in command quickly after the break, made the pace, withstood a challenge from Feel The Thunder Stable and David Cassidy’s Siente El Trueno at the quarter-pole and drew clear again to win Thursday’s featured $49,000 six-furlong allowance sprint by 1...

Kissimmee Kyle Tops Dixie Poker Ace, Older Stars Face Off in Saturday Allowance

Red Oak Stable’s Kissimmee Kyle, a Louisiana-bred owned by Florida-based John Brunetti of Hialeah Park, has been installed as the slight 5-2 choice in Saturday’s 30th renewal of the $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace Stakes, restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds at about one mile over Fair Grounds’ Stall-...

Scrappy Roo Wins Monday Feature

Steve Asmussen’s Scrappy Roo, always well placed, came up to challenge H & H Ranch’s front-running Valid Message entering the lane, took command approaching the furlong grounds and drew off the rest of the way for a three-length tally in Monday’s $27,000 starter allowance optional claiming...

Machen Leads Howard's Quintet of La. Derby Noms

When longtime Fair Grounds-based trainer Neil Howard saddled Courtlandt Farms’ Machen to win Sunday’s $45,000 3-year-old feature by 5 ½ lengths, it gave the quiet, modest conditioner six wins from 15 starters at the 2010-2011 season and allowed him to join the top 10 in the local trainer standings...

3YO Machen an Impressive Debut Winner

Courtlandt Farms’ Machen, allowed to settle early, rallied strongly approaching the lane, took command in upper stretch and drew off with authority to capture Sunday’s featured $45,000 six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old maidens by 5 ½ lengths. Trained by the resurgent Neil Howard, enjoying one of...