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Groom Grins as Zardana Wins

Frankie Leal, stable foreman for California-based trainer John Shirreffs and the man who accompanied Arnold Zetcher’s New Orleans Ladies heroine Zardana to the Crescent City, was unsurprisingly all smiles Sunday morning outside his Brazilian-bred mare’s home-away-from-home in trainer Wally Dollase’...

Rachel Alexandra Won't Go to Oaklawn for Apple Blossom

Jess Jackson: “We tried and we really wanted to go (to the Apple Blossom). It’s unfortunate but the timing just wasn’t right. For the health of the horse. It’s obvious she’s not in top shape. The race yesterday was to define how far along she was. I repeatedly told people she was only eighty or...

Rachel Alexandra Won't Go to OP for Apple Blossom

Owner Jess Jackson: “We tried and we really wanted to go (to the Apple Blossom). It’s unfortunate but the timing just wasn’t right. For the health of the horse. It’s obvious she’s not in top shape. The race yesterday was to define how far along she was. I repeatedly told people she was only eighty...

Rachel Alexandra Comes Back Fine, Will Ship to Oaklawn Monday

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was in good order Sunday, the morning following her second-place finish to Zardana in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies, and will ship to Oaklawn Park on Monday. “She came back well,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “She ate last night, very sound this morning, walked...

Zardana Upsets Rachel Alexandra in New Orleans Ladies

The festive overflow crowd estimated at more than 12,000—the largest since the track’s reopening following Hurricane Katrina—might have thought it was the worst of times, but even in gallant defeat, it might eventually salvage more of the best of times for Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, who...

Zardana Upsets Rachel Alexandra in Saturday's New Orleans Ladies

The festive overflow crowd estimated at more than 12,000—the largest since the track’s reopening following Hurricane Katrina—might have thought it was the worst of times, but even in gallant defeat, it might eventually salvage more of the best of times for Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, who...

Zardana Spoils Rachel Alexandra's Star Turn

STAKES QUOTES $200,000 New Orleans LadiesFillies & mares, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles, inaugural running Jockey David Flores (Zardana, winner): “We had a picture-perfect trip. The strategy was simply to get her to relax and John (Shirreffs, trainer) said she would get the job done. I got...

Super Saturday at 10 Fair Grounds OTBs; Meet Randy Romero in Kenner

The Triple Crown quest of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Louisiana-born jockey Calvin Borel in the Preakness Stakes will be front and center Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, as well as all 10 Fair Grounds OTB & Casino locations. The 135th Preakness will be featured on...

Shameless Outgames Four Bears in Friday Feature

After alternating for the lead most of the way in Friday’s $41,000 filly and mare feature, Jay Em Ess Stable’s Shameless outgamed Maynard Farm and JVH Inc.’s Four Bears to be best by a head at the wire and give defending jockey champion Robby Albarado his third of four wins during the afternoon...

It's On! Rachel Alexandra Makes 4-Year-Old Debut in Today's New Orleans Ladies

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will become the first reigning Horse of the Year to race at Fair Grounds since Whirlaway in 1942 when she makes her 4-year old debut in today's $200,000 New Orleans Ladies. First post for today's 11-race program is 12:40 p.m. with Race 10, the New Orleans Ladies,...