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King Mesa Rules Monday Feature

Lucas Downs’ King Mesa broke in stride to make or force the pace throughout in Monday’s featured $49,000 allowance affair at  Fair Grounds and prevailed by a head at the wire under strong handling by jockey Kerwin Clark, who was winning his third race of the day. Trained by Michelle Lovell,...

Notes: Justin Phillip, Dreamsrunwild Get Lecomte Preps

Zayat Stables’ Justin Phillip and Sandra Duke’s Dreamsrunwild both breezed five furlongs Monday morning at  Fair Grounds in preparation for the upcoming Grade III Lecomte Stakes, headline attraction and one of six races scheduled for the Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel...

Record Corporate Partners to Start 2011

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is starting 2011 with more corporate partners than at any time in the track’s 139-year history. Among them are national brands like Miller, Blue Moon and Diageo, as well as venerable New Orleans-based businesses such as Lamarque Ford and Hotel Monteleone. Other...

Illusion of Speed Wins Sunday

Carl Moore Management’s Illusion of Speed broke in full stride to make all the pace and continued willingly in the stretch to win Sunday’s $43,000 allowance optional claiming sprint at Fair Grounds by 2 1/4-lengths. The daughter of Trippi, trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden by Chris Rosier,...

Notes: Cash Refund, Backtalk Come Back Fine After Saturday Doozy; Snakebite Kit; Silverbulletday Preview

The much-anticipated matchup between Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Cash Refund and Gold Mark Farm’s Backtalk in a $53,000 allowance optional claiming Saturday at Fair Grounds lived up to its billing, giving guests at the local oval and simulcast fans across the continent one of the most...

The Who Dats - Blew Dat

It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting here in shock like a lot of other Saints fans. The Saints have been eliminated in the wildcard playoff game, losing to the Seattle Seahawks 41-36. The Saints season is over, done - see ya next year. Are you kidding me? This game was supposed to be like a prep for...

Wildrally Takes Dixie Poker Ace; Cash Refund Back on Winning Track

Charles Zacney and Eddie Johnston’s Wildrally, hero of the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf two seasons ago, returned to his winning ways in state-bred stakes company at Fair Grounds Saturday with a one-length tally in the featured $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace Stakes. Allowed to settle early under...

Wildrally Takes Dixie Poker Ace; Cash Refund Back on Winning Track

Charles Zacney and Eddie Johnston’s Wildrally, hero of the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf two seasons ago, returned to his winning ways in state-bred stakes company at Fair Grounds on Saturday with a one-length tally in the featured $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace Stakes.

Patience Drive Wins Friday at Fair Grounds

Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.’s Patience Drive challenged the pacesetting Age of Humor, owned by Skychai Racing and Twin Creeks Farm et al., in the vicinity of the furlong grounds and outgamed that rival the rest of the way to win Friday’s $51,000 filly and mare allowance/optional claiming feature at...

Dixie Poker Ace Still Enjoying Senior Citizen Years

He turned 24 years old a week ago, but Dixie Poker Ace, for whom Saturday’s $60,000 Fair Grounds’ featured grass stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds is named, is still doing fine, according to Lora Pitre, owner/manager of Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas, Louisiana, where the ancient warrior is...