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Rachel Alexandra Works Four Furlongs in :50 3/5

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra breezed four furlongs Saturday morning in :50 3/5 and galloped out five-eighths of a mile in 1:04, according to Fair Grounds clockers. Regular exercise rider Dominic Terry was aboard the 4-year-old filly, who was accompanied to the track by assistant trainer Scott...

Seeking Ms Shelley Wins Friday Feature

Dream Walking Farms’ Seeking Ms Shelley, allowed to settle just behind the early leaders, launched a bold bid outside those when set down for the drive and held on late for a three-quarter-length tally in Friday’s $44,500 five-and-a-half-furlong sprint for fillies and mares at Fair Grounds. The...

Ron the Greek Readies for Risen Star

As the winner of Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Stakes two weeks ago, Jack Hammer’s Ron the Greek is the only 3-year-old who could join Friesan Fire as the second consecutive horse to sweep the New Orleans oval’s sophomore series during the current millennium. Trained by Tom Amoss, Ron the Greek...

Brisnet Handicappers Edge Fair Grounds notes 2/5/10.

Saturday's $60,000 Black Gold S. at Fair Grounds drew only five three-year-olds to go about 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Three are making their turf debuts, including the multiple stakes-winning GRAND SLAM ANDRE (Grand Slam), who possesses a strong turf pedigree top and bottom and is out of a Royal...

Rachel Alexandra Gallops

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra enjoyed a “happy gallop” once around the Fair Grounds main track Thursday morning at about 6:30 a.m., according to Fair Grounds clocker Billy Pettingill. “She looked great doing it,” said Pettingill. “She came out right after Asmussen’s first set so they could see...

Grand Slam Andre Heads Saturday's Black Gold

Kirk Robison’s Grand Slam Andre, a multiple stakes winner on the main track but unstarted on grass, has been installed as the strong 7-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s traditional $60,000 Black Gold Stakes for 3-year-olds, scheduled for about 5 1/2-furlongs over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf...

Is This A Dream?

The wonderful thing about a blog is you can write about anything you want and do it in an informal way. When I started this blog I was really concerned about my ability to punctuate correctly, but Jim Mulvihill told me not to worry about it. He said that was the beauty of writing this type of copy...

Bubbler Noses Never Retreat in Marie Krantz Memorial 'Cap

Bubbler (inside, black cap) and Eddie Martin Jr. burst forth while Never Retreat and James Graham just missed in the final jump after a hard-fought two-horse stretch duel that was Saturday’s $57,600 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds.

Hotep Enters Louisiana Derby Picture With Convincing Win

Sam-Son Farms’ Hotep proved no disappointment to those Fair Grounds fans who backed him down to odds-on favoritism in Monday’s $40,000 feature for 3-year-olds and may now have entered the long-range picture for the Grade II Louisiana Derby March 27. Ridden by Robby Albarado and trained by Mark...

Rachel Alexandra Halter Up for Bids

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra had her first recorded work of the 2010 racing season at Fair Grounds Sunday morning, but beginning Friday a special commemorative stable halter once worn by the magnificent filly will go on display in Fair Grounds clubhouse. The halter, encased in a handsome...