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Thursday Notes: Country Flavor Appetizing in Louisiana Handicap

Jim Tafel’s Country Flavor won Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Tenacious Handicap last month at 11-1 odds, last spring’s Grade III Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park at 21-1, and is the only horse in Saturday’s $60,000 Louisiana Handicap that has won a race over this track this season at Saturday’s distance....

Feature Story: Calhoun Has Come a Long Way at Fair Grounds and Beyond

Bret Calhoun remembers first coming to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in the mid-1990s with a small string of runners. He didn’t belong. “I was kind of in awe then because I didn’t have very good stock and it was top racing,” the trainer said Wednesday morning, as he oversaw the routines of...

Feature Story: Calhoun Has Come a Long Way at FG and Beyond

At the current meeting, trainer Bret Calhoun ranks second to perennial leader Steve Asmussen in number of wins and is the track’s top trainer by earnings with $510,963. Saturday, he’ll saddle 3-year-old hopeful Action Ready in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day. It’s a...

Wednesday Notes: Two Strikes Hittable for Homers in Grade III Colonel Bradley

Nine players will take the field for Saturday’s Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course, and one of them, Pin Oak Stable’s Strike Again, is the projected 7-2 second choice in the morning line. The Col. Bradley is one of two graded races among six stakes...

Four Intriguing Supporting Stakes Round Out Road to the Derby Kickoff Day

Feel The Thunder Stable’s Gran Estreno, the $20,000 claim that keeps on giving, is expected to feel the thunder of Pin Oak Stable’s Strike Again next to him once again over the local Stall-Wilson turf course in Saturday’s Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day...

Feature Story: Lecomte and an Epic Antebellum Rivalry

Every January at Fair Grounds, a promising young group of horses heads postward in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes. These are the newly-turned 3-year-olds of a fresh Triple Crown season, and the Lecomte serves as their initial proving ground. Perhaps one of these starters, decades down the road, will...

Feature Story: Lecomte and an Epic Antebellum Rivalry

Every January at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, a promising young group of horses heads postward in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes. These are the newly-turned 3-year-olds of a fresh Triple Crown season, and the Lecomte serves as their initial proving ground. Perhaps one of these starters,...

Justin Phillip Tops Saturday's Gr. III Lecomte Stakes for 3-Year-Olds

Justin Phillip, an impressive allowance winner here on New Year’s Day, has been installed as the 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s Lecomte Stakes, initial leg of Fair Grounds’ three-race series for horses hopeful for a Triple Crown run. As the first local prep for the $1 million Louisiana Derby , the...

Justin Phillip Tops Saturday's Grade III Lecomte Stakes for 3-Year-Olds

Zayat Stable’s Justin Phillip, an impressive allowance winner here on New Year’s Day, has been installed as the 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s Grade III Lecomte Stakes, initial leg of Fair Grounds’ three-race sophomore series for horses hopeful for a Triple Crown run later in the spring. As the first...

Aide Slight Choice in Saturday's Silverbulletday

Adele Dilschneider’s Aide, who finished fourth in the prestigious Grade II Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs in her last start Nov. 27, has been made the lukewarm 3-1 choice in Saturday’s $100,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds – first leg of the New Orleans oval’s three-race series for...