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Louisiana Derby Week Quotes and Candid Images

Click the headline above for an assortment of quotes from horsemen about the entrants for this weekend's four Grade II races--the Fair Grounds Oaks on Friday and the Louisiana Derby, New Orleans Handicap and Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap on Saturday. Check out a gallery of images showcasing...

DreamBet, Hat Contest and Romero Book Signing Highlight Derby Day Events

A $10,000 Derby DreamBet wager, the annual Louisiana Derby Hat Contest and a book signing with retired jockey Randy Romero highlight the festivities surrounding Saturday’s Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The Derby DreamBet gives one lucky winner the chance to bet $10,000 on...

Ailalea Favored in Friday's Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks; Jody Slew Will Run

Ailalea, clearly best in Aqueduct’s Grade III Tempted Stakes Nov. 7 in the final start of her juvenile campaign, has been installed as the 3-1 morning line choice in the wagering for Friday’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks. Meanwhile, Jody Slew, who won both of the first two legs of Fair Grounds’...

Jody Slew a 'Go' for Friday's Fair Grounds Oaks

Jody Slew, undefeated in the first two legs of Fair Grounds’ sophomore filly series, will attempt to become the first horse to sweep all three races in that grouping when she goes to the post in Friday’s 44th running of the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks. Owned by Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan,...

Jody Slew Still Possible for Friday's Fair Grounds Oaks

Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Jody Slew, winner of the $75,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes Jan. 23 and the Grade III Silverbulletday Stakes Feb. 20, was still a possibility for Friday’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks as of Wednesday morning, according to trainer Bret Calhoun. The 3-year-old daughter of...

Hurricane Michelle Storms Louisiana

Just like another strong female force we're all familiar with that was named Hurricane Katrina, trainer Michelle Lovell has stormed through Louisiana like a Category 5 hurricane. With only three days remaining in this 2009-2010 season, Michelle is winning races at just above a 20% average. Her...

Louisiana Derby Week Quotes (Monday and Tuesday)

From Monday morning’s Louisiana Derby Post Position Draw: Trainer Neil Pessin (Mister Marti Gras): “I feel pretty good about him, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. He’s probably the only horse that came up the rail (on the turf course) that day or last week and most of the meet. He's a little better on...

Derby Day Undercard Stakes Preview:

Saturday’s $750,000 Louisiana Derby as the richest race in Fair Grounds history, the 85th running of the tradition-rich Grade II New Orleans Handicap for older horses and the 17th renewal of the Grade II Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap for older horses on the Stall-Wilson turf course serve as the...

Brisnet Handicappers Edge Fair Grounds Notes 3/23/10

Discreetly Mine heads baker's dozen in Louisiana Derby Discreetly Mine may face more pace pressure than he did in the Risen Star (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)If the Todd Pletcher-trained DISCREETLY MINE (Mineshaft) makes it to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May, he will enter the...

Awesome Gem Tops N.O. 'Cap, Blues Street Heads Muniz Memorial 'Cap

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Awesome Gem, a California-based gelding with dangerous recent success as an invader, has been installed a the slight choice at 5-2 in the morning line for Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade II New Orleans Handicap – Fair Grounds’ season highlight for older horses run as...