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Flat Out Clearly Best in Sunday Feature

Preston Stables’ Flat Out, allowed to settle early, angled sharply outside the leaders in upper stretch under left-handed whipping and drew off for a two-length tally in Sunday’s featured $49,000 allowance optional claiming race at Fair Grounds. The winner, trained by Charles Dickey and ridden by...

Champions Day First Post Moved Up to 12:10 pm CST

Guests of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and fans of the New Orleans oval’s simulcast signal should note that this coming Saturday on Louisiana Champions Day there will be a special early first post of 12:10 p.m. Central Standard Time. The first three races on Saturday’s Louisiana Champions...

Strike Again Wins Buddy D., Valli With a Vow in Pago Hop

Pin Oak Stable’s Strike Again caught even-money favorite Gran Estreno just steps from the wire to register a three-quarter length mild upset in Saturday’s fifth running of the $60,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial Handicap.  Two races later Darrell and Lendy Brown’s Valli With a Vow scored another mild...

Valli With a Vow Tops Pago Hop

Darrell and Lendy Brown’s Valli With a Vow, with jockey James Graham aboard, scored a mild upset in the 25th anniversary edition of the $60,000 Pago Hop Stakes on Saturday’s two-stakes afternoon at Fair Grounds. Valli With a Vow  “came running like a bear,” according to Graham, who had wanted her...

Strike Again Wins Buddy D. Memorial

Pin Oak Stable’s Strike Again caught even-money favorite Gran Estreno just steps from the wire to register a three-quarter length mild upset in Saturday’s fifth running of the $60,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial Handicap.

Jedediah Wins Friday Feature

Marc and Jill Winston’s Jedediah, never far back, rallied outside the leaders when set down for the drive and was up to best John Duvielh and Keith and Earl Hernandez’s Butter Brown by a head in Friday’s $39,000 allowance feature for accredited Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds The winner, trained by...

Hall of Fame Trainer Sheppard in Town for Pago Hop

Legendary Thoroughbred trainer Jonathan Sheppard was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga two decades ago, but believes this Saturday may be only the second time he has come to New Orleans to run a horse at Fair Grounds. “I think I came here about 15 years ago to...

Dandyna Wins Thursday Turf Feature

Bluegrass Hall’s Dandyna got the first five-day week of the new Fair Grounds season off to a good start Thursday with a 1 3/4-length win in the first race of the afternoon.  The grass test carried a purse of $45,000. The winner, a daughter of Dynaformer, the sire of Barbaro, came from off the pace...

Vanquisher Favored in Buddy D.; Somme Tops Competitive Pago Hop

The 25th anniversary edition of Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Pago Hop Stakes for sophomore fillies over the Stall-Wilson turf course will be bundled with the fifth running of the $60,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial Handicap for 3-year-olds and up – also on the grass – as the co-featured highlights on the...

Pony Express

Every morning for about the last 55 years or so, trainers on the backstretch have seen a smiling, familiar face escorting race horses back and forth to the race track aboard his pony. Wilvon Robinson is one of the most recognizable people in Louisiana racing and there are a few reasons why he‘s so...