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Fair Grounds to Host Claiming Crown For First Time in 2011

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, Louisiana will host the 13th running of the Claiming Crown on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Patterned after the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Claiming Crown was designed to reward Thoroughbred racing’s “blue-collar” horses and will offer races...

Wild About Marie Takes Monday Feature

Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Wild About Marie pressed the pace of Temple Webber Jr.’s Truly Lucky most of the way, challenged that one in the late stages and drew clear for a 1 3/4-length victory in Monday’s featured $49,000 grass sprint for fillies and mares at about 5 1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson...

Wednesday Racing Kicks Off Holiday Schedule

Christmas comes but once a year, and this year it falls this Saturday, so there will be no racing at Fair Grounds Saturday on Christmas Day. Also, there will be no racing at Fair Grounds this Friday, allowing Fair Grounds guests as well as employees of the Crescent City oval to enjoy time with...

Royal and Flashy Wins Sunday Feature

Double Dam Farm’s Royal and Flashy lacked running room in upper stretch but rallied between horses when clear in the late stages of Sunday’s featured $47,000 allowance test at about one mile over the Stall-Wilson turf course and proved best by a head at the wire. Trained by Sam Breaux and ridden by...

Margolis Stakes Horses in Good Order

Trainer Steve Margolis, whose horses Due Date and Early Return finished first and second, respectively, in the $60,000 Bonapaw Stakes on Santa Super Saturday, reported that both of those Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein-owned 5-year-olds came out of their Bonapaw engagements without problems and...

Due Date Leads Margolis One-Two in Bonapaw; Archarcharch on to Derby Trail With Sugar Bowl Win

Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Due Date had one of his best days on Santa Super Saturday at Fair Grounds when he won the $60,000 Bonapaw Stakes, but the Klein family and trainer Steve Margolis had an even better one when entrymate Early Return bested Gold Mark Farm’s Backtalk by a neck for the...

Archarcharch Hops On Derby Trail With Sugar Bowl Win

Two-year-old colt Archarcharch, shown here on the outside with Jon Court aboard, is headed down the Derby trail after a convincing win in the $60,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes for 2-year-olds, one of five open-company stakes on today's Santa Super Saturday program. Earlier, Due Date won the Bonapaw over a...

Santa Super Saturday Stakes Quotes

Race 3 – The $60,000 Esplanade StakesFillies & mares, 3 and up, 5 ½ furlongs, 18th runningJockey Corey Lanerie (Wildcat Heiress, winner): “I’d hoped I’d get a good, clear break and I did. It was very easy, she was very relaxed, and then I just had to make sure I didn’t fall off.”Owner Ron...

Dajohna Wins Friday's Starlight Feature

Divine Equine’s Dajohna broke in full stride to make all the pace and held on willingly to capture the $47,000 filly and mare allowance feature Friday evening at Fair Grounds by a length and a half during the first of four Starlight Racing programs at the New Orleans oval this season.Ridden by...

Archarcharch an Interesting Prospect for Sugar Bowl Stakes

Alphabetically, Archarcharch is at the top of the list of contestants for Saturday’s 60th anniversary edition of the $60,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds.   In the entries, the Robert Yagos-owned son of Arch is on the bottom, having drawn the outside post in the field of seven...