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Starlight Racing Shines Bright On Friday

After writing about the New Orleans Saints getting to and winning the Super Bowl over the past couple of weeks, I promised I'd get back to talking about racing, in particular about trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi, with this blog. Well, I'm gonna go back on my promise, sort of, for another week. I've...

Brisnet Handicappers Edge Fair Grounds notes 2/20/10.

Rachel Alexandra turns in sharp five-furlong breeze Rachel Alexandra has three more scheduled works before the March 13 Ladies Classic (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography) Horse of the Year RACHEL ALEXANDRA (Medaglia d'Oro) continued to work forwardly Thursday morning in advance of the March 13...

Starlight Racing an 'Unqualified Success' as Mad Flatter Wins the Feature

The second of three Starlight Racing programs during Fair Grounds’ 2009-2010 Thoroughbred Racing Season Presented by Miller Lite was deemed an “unqualified success” by Fair Grounds president Austin Miller. “After such a long few weeks of parties for the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, I was really...

Cross-Entered Giant Oak Will Go in Mineshaft

Virginia Tarra’s Giant Oak, cross-entered in Saturday’s Grade III Mineshaft Handicap on the main track as well as the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap over the Stall-Wilson turf course, is now all but certain to face last winter’s Louisiana Derby winner Friesan Fire and last spring’s Blue Grass...

Preview Day Invaders Gallop Thursday Morning

The Todd Pletcher-trained trio of horses who arrived Wednesday in New Orleans for three different graded races on Saturday’s Louisiana Derby Preview Day at Fair Grounds all got the feel of the local atmosphere Thursday morning with leisurely gallops around the Crescent City course. “Discreetly Mine...

Ron the Greek, Drosselmeyer Head 12 Entered for Gr. II Risen Star

Ron the Greek, hero of the Grade III Lecomte Stakes, and Drosselmeyer, who won his first start of the year in impressive fashion at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31, may vie for favoritism when they head a field of 12 named to Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes.

Starlight Racing Friday to Encourage "Field of Dreamers"

Highlighting Friday’s second of three “Starlight Racing” programs to be held in New Orleans this winter will be the introduction of Fair Grounds’ new “Bet or No Bet” game. As the latest added attraction of the local nighttime racing experience designed to attract young professionals who have never...

Rachel Alexandra Goes Five Furlongs in 1:00 1/5

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra continued to work forwardly Thursday morning in advance of the March 13 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, breezing five furlongs on a fast main track in 1:00 1/5 with regular exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard. The final time made it the...

Rachel Alexandra Goes Five Furlongs in 1:00 1/5

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra continued to work forwardly Thursday morning in advance of the March 13 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, breezing five furlongs on a fast main track in 1:00 1/5 with regular exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard. The 4-year-old filly broke...

Honest Pace Assured in Risen Star After Florida Flight Arrival

When an equine charter from South Florida touched down in New Orleans at about 11:30 Wednesday morning, a legitimate pace in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Louisiana Derby Preview Day was all but assured. Aboard the flight was Gainesway Farm’s Tempted to Tapit, a Steve...