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"Big Frank" Goes To Hollywood

  Last racing season one of the blogs I wrote was about assistant trainers and their importance to the barns they work for. Frank Bernis was the subject of that blog back then as he was working for trainer Tom Amoss. I explained, with the help of trainer Tom, how important “Big Frank” was to...

Futurity Winners May Go Long

Trainer Mike Burgess was all smiles back at his Fair Grounds barn Saturday morning, enjoying the post-race afterglow of Sweet Ruston’s 3 1/2-length win in Friday’s filly division of Fair Grounds’ $107,125 Louisiana Futurity. “She came back good,” Burgess said of the Richard Ringo-owned filly. “She...

Max Me Out Wins Woodchopper; Populist Politics, Sweet Ruston Take Divisions of La. Futurity

Max Me Out, owned by the partnership of D&G Racing, Diamond Racing and 4-Star Thunder, responded with some stretch-running thunder of his own and drew off late for a 1 3/4-length tally in the $60,000 Woodchopper Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on New Year’s Eve. As it turned out...

Five Percent Purse Boost Announced

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced today a 5 percent increase of overnight purses, effective Thursday (Jan. 6). “Bettors have responded to the consistently high quality of racing at Fair Grounds,” track Vice President & General Manager Eric Halstrom said. “It’s always gratifying...

Max Me Out, Populist Politics, Sweet Ruston Win in Three New Year's Eve Stakes

Max Me Out, owned by the partnership of D&G Racing, Diamond Racing and 4-Star Thunder, responded with some stretch-running thunder of his own and drew off late for a 1 3/4-length tally in the $60,000 Woodchopper Stakes on New Year’s Eve. Click the headline for a full recap of Friday's three New...

Daisy Devine Enters Silverbulletday Picture

James Miller’s Daisy Devine popped clearly into the picture for Fair Grounds’ upcoming three-race sophomore filly series with an upset one-length victory in Thursday’s $47,000 featured mile and 40-yard allowance test for juvenile fillies at the New Orleans oval. The sophomore filly series will...

Three Stakes on New Year's Eve, Blushing KD on New Year's Day

The $60,000 Woodchopper Stakes for 3-year-olds and two divisions of the Louisiana Futurity bring down the curtain on 2010 during Friday’s New Year’s Eve program . The next day it’s in with the new when the $60,000 Blushing K. D. Handicap for older females highlights Saturday’s New Year’s Day...

Three Stakes on New Year's Eve and Blushing KD 'Cap on New Year's Day

The 24th running of the $60,000 Woodchopper Stakes for 3-year-olds at about one mile over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course as well as the 47th renewals of the restricted Louisiana Futurity ($112,224 colt and gelding division and $107,125 filly division) bring down the curtain on the 2010...

Fast Alex on New Orleans 'Cap Trail After Monday Win

Jim Tafel LLC’s Fast Alex has his connections thinking about the Grade II, $300,000 New Orleans Handicap in March after an impressive win in Monday’s feature, a $49,000 allowance for older horses at one mile and 70 yards over the Fair Grounds main track. Despite slow fractions of :24.46, :48.80 and...

Herp Wins Sunday's 2-Year-Old Allowance Feature

Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch’s Herp came from off the pace and burst through on the rail to win Sunday’s $47,000 entry-level allowance feature at six furlongs by 1 ¼ lengths over Pin Oak Stables’ Divine Music. The winner, a 2-year-old by Arch trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden by Corey Lanerie...