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Sunday Notes: Major Gain Possible for Lecomte, plus Kerwin Clark and more

Gary and Mary West’s Major Gain breezed six furlongs in 1:14.40 at Gulfstream Park Sunday morning  in a move that left his trainer Wayne Catalano pondering a quick trip to his native New Orleans to saddle that son of More Than Ready at Fair Grounds in Saturday’s Grade III Lecomte Stakes. “He...

Three-Year-Old Stakes Highlight Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone

A pair of $100,000 stakes for 3-year-olds with Derby and Oaks aspirations highlight a 13-race program with six stakes on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone this Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. To accommodate the super-sized program first post is set for a...

Chief Jay Wins Johnson Memorial, Speedacious Gets Happy Ticket

Chief Jay took command in the late stages and outfought Flashy Wise Cat to win Saturday's $60,000 John Jackson Memorial by a neck. Later, Speedacious broke in stride to make the pace and continued willingly throughout to take the $60,000 Happy Ticket Stakes by 4 1/2-lengths.

Speedacious Gets Happy Ticket, Chief Jay Wins Johnson Memorial

Carl Moore’s Speedacious broke in stride to make the pace and continued willingly throughout to take Saturday’s $60,000 Happy Ticket Stakes for accredited Louisiana-bred older fillies and mares at Fair Grounds by 4 1/2-lengths. The daughter of Yankee Gentleman trained by Bret Calhoun toured the 5 1...

Saturday Notes: Gomez Coming to FG for Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Jan. 22

Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez is scheduled to be in New Orleans to ride at least three horses on the Fair Grounds Road to the Derby Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone Jan. 22 program. “Yes, we will be at Fair Grounds next week,” confirmed Gomez’ agent Ron Anderson Saturday morning...

Yo Adrian, I Did It

  Just like the original Rocky movie when heavyweight boxer Rocky Balboa went the distance with Apollo Creed in his first heavyweight world championship bout, retired jockey Randy Romero finally feels like he went the distance in the Thoroughbred racing world. Yo Adrian, Randy did it too....

Southern Region Wins Friday

Willow Lane Stable’s Southern Region pressed the early pace, took command in upper stretch and then withstood a late bid by the late-closing Hype, owned by Al and Bill Ulwelling, to capture Friday’s $51,000 5 ½-furlong sprint feature at Fair Grounds by a head. Finishing a nose farther back in third...

Friday Notes: Lecomte Updates, General Quarters, Cajun Conference, Jim Jackson

Trainer Neil Howard, enjoying a healthy .333 win percentage through the first 33 days of Fair Grounds’ 2010-2011 season, had indicated earlier in this month that none of his handful of Louisiana Derby Early Bird nominees would be ready in time for the Grade III Lecomte Stakes, to be run Jan. 22 as...

Stakes Doubleheader Saturday with Happy Ticket and Jackson Memorial

Two annual Fair Grounds sprint stakes races restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds share top billing as the headline attractions for Saturday’s 11-race program at the Crescent City oval. Brittlyn Stable’s Good Human Bean and Southern Equine Stable’s Cajun Conference are set to match strides once...

King Mesa Rules Monday Feature

Lucas Downs’ King Mesa broke in stride to make or force the pace throughout in Monday’s featured $49,000 allowance affair at  Fair Grounds and prevailed by a head at the wire under strong handling by jockey Kerwin Clark, who was winning his third race of the day. Trained by Michelle Lovell,...