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Hall of Fame Trainer Sheppard in Town for Pago Hop

Legendary Thoroughbred trainer Jonathan Sheppard was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga two decades ago, but believes this Saturday may be only the second time he has come to New Orleans to run a horse at Fair Grounds. “I think I came here about 15 years ago to...

Dandyna Wins Thursday Turf Feature

Bluegrass Hall’s Dandyna got the first five-day week of the new Fair Grounds season off to a good start Thursday with a 1 3/4-length win in the first race of the afternoon.  The grass test carried a purse of $45,000. The winner, a daughter of Dynaformer, the sire of Barbaro, came from off the pace...

Vanquisher Favored in Buddy D.; Somme Tops Competitive Pago Hop

The 25th anniversary edition of Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Pago Hop Stakes for sophomore fillies over the Stall-Wilson turf course will be bundled with the fifth running of the $60,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial Handicap for 3-year-olds and up – also on the grass – as the co-featured highlights on the...

Pony Express

Every morning for about the last 55 years or so, trainers on the backstretch have seen a smiling, familiar face escorting race horses back and forth to the race track aboard his pony. Wilvon Robinson is one of the most recognizable people in Louisiana racing and there are a few reasons why he‘s so...

May One Wins Sunday Feature

Joseph Haddad’s May One, a 5-year-old daughter of Waquoit trained by Mike Stidham, responded gamely when roused by Fair Grounds’ current leading rider Jamie Theriot and proved best by three-quarters of a length in Sunday’s featured 1 1/16-mile $47,000 event for fillies and mares over the Stall-...

Guidry Training at FG; St. Julien Continues on Comeback Trail

Louisiana native Mark Guidry, who spent the majority of his jockey career as the dominant year-round dean of Chicago riders, embarked on his new career as a trainer three years ago – but will be stabling his barn at Fair Grounds for the first time this winter. “The Gid” saddled Rodney Verret’s Lyd...

Ice Climber Wins Feature; Flash Mash Emerges as FG Oaks Contender

Allowed to settle early, Team Block’s Ice Climber commenced a rally outside the leaders when set down for the drive and wore down Last Call Racing Partnership’s Musicstreet Menace in the late stages to be best by a length in Saturday’s featured 1 1/16-mile $47,000 allowance feature over the Stall-...

Theriot Wins Four on Friday

Three years ago, Louisiana-born jockey Jamie Theriot rode most of the races on a cold, overcast November day at Churchill Downs, got into his car at the end of the day and drove all night to ride the opening day card at Fair Grounds. It proved to be worth the rush. Theriot arrived in time for the...

Hallway Hits His Stride in Mr. Sulu Stakes

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Hallway came from off the pace in Saturday’s $60,000 Mr. Sulu Stakes for a one-length win, denying defending champion Desert Wheat (owned by Wachtel Stable, Brous Stable and J. D. Lee) a third straight win in Fair Grounds’ 1 1/16-mile race restricted to accredited...

Hallway Splashes to Mr. Sulu Victory

Hallway came from off the pace in Saturday’s $60,000 Mr. Sulu Stakes for a one-length win, denying defending champion Desert Wheat a third straight win in Fair Grounds’ 1 1/16-mile race restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds. The winner gave Steve Asmussen a training triple and jockey Jamie...