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Undercard: Gran Estreno, Recapturetheglory, Wild About Marie, Early Return Win Stakes

Feel The Thunder Stable’s Gran Estreno, a two-time winner of the Grade III Washington Park Handicap over Arlington’s synthetic surface in Chicago, proved equally proficient in Grade III company on the grass by capturing Saturday’s Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap on Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson...

Wilkinson Wins Lecomte Thriller on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day

Trainer Neil Howard had indicated that Wilkinson may have been a little flat when he finished third in his last race at Fair Grounds on New Year’s Day, but the sophomore son of Lemon Drop Kid was sharp as a sword Saturday afternoon when he captured the Grade III Lecomte Stakes by a head from the...

Gomez Primed for Big Day Saturday

He came, he saw, he conquered. That’s the motto jockey Garrett Gomez hopes to follow on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. With five mounts on the undercard and a commitment aboard Wilkinson for trainer Neil Howard in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes, the California-...

Feature: Things Looking Up for Hot Fair Grounds Trainer Howard

Wins? Eight from 22 starters, up to a healthy 36 percent. Horses in the money? Naturally, 45 percent of the time. Earnings thus far? $204,220 – compared to just $162,930 brought in here over the entire course of last season. Yes, things are looking up for Neil Howard at Fair Grounds, and no one...

Bella Medaglia Wins Starlight Feature

Coteau Grove Farms’ Bella Medaglia collared Maggi Moss’s favored Little Polka Dot in mid-stretch and then drew off for a 5 3/4-length score in the $49,000 allowance optional claiming filly and mare race that headlined Friday’s evening’s Starlight Racing program at Fair Grounds. The 4-year-old...

Feature: Things Looking Up for Trainer Neil Howard

Let us examine Neil Howard’s last season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Given the grim nature of the subject, we’ll be brief. Fifty-seven starters, only three victories. A five percent win rate. Runners simply not hitting their conditions, a frustrating winter for sure. Now let us focus...

Friday Notes: Saturday's Silverbulletday Attracts Margolis Pair

A year ago at this time, trainer Steve Margolis  was juggling the campaigns of two talented 3-year-old colts, Winmore LLC’s Cool Bullet and Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Stay Put. Cool Bullet had won the Sugar Bowl Stakes in the last month of his 2-year-old season and went on to run...

Chloe Kate Wins Thursday Feature

Courtlandt Farm’s Chloe Kate, just behind the early leaders, launched a bid outside front-running Royal Alluvial, owned by Arapaho Royal, entering the lane, took command just after the furlong grounds and drew clear late for a length and  half win in Thursday’s featured $49,000 allowance...

Feature: Seans Silverdancer's Owner 'The Luckiest Guy in Horse Racing'

“That Dan Sullivan,” an enthusiastic Terril Corman said on the Thursday before the $100,000 Silverbulletday Stakes, “has been the luckiest guy in horse racing!” It was morning on the backside of Fair Grounds, and Sullivan’s 3-year-old filly Seans Silverdancer was about to emerge from a stall in...

Road to the Derby Kickoff Week Feature: Seans Silverdancer's Owner 'The Luckiest Guy in Horse Racing'

“That Dan Sullivan,” an enthusiastic Terril Corman said on the Thursday before the $100,000 Silverbulletday Stakes, “has been the luckiest guy in horse racing!” It was morning on the backside of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, and Sullivan’s 3-year-old filly was about to emerge from a stall...