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Southern Region Wins Friday

Willow Lane Stable’s Southern Region pressed the early pace, took command in upper stretch and then withstood a late bid by the late-closing Hype, owned by Al and Bill Ulwelling, to capture Friday’s $51,000 5 ½-furlong sprint feature at Fair Grounds by a head. Finishing a nose farther back in third...

Friday Notes: Lecomte Updates, General Quarters, Cajun Conference, Jim Jackson

Trainer Neil Howard, enjoying a healthy .333 win percentage through the first 33 days of Fair Grounds’ 2010-2011 season, had indicated earlier in this month that none of his handful of Louisiana Derby Early Bird nominees would be ready in time for the Grade III Lecomte Stakes, to be run Jan. 22 as...

Stakes Doubleheader Saturday with Happy Ticket and Jackson Memorial

Two annual Fair Grounds sprint stakes races restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds share top billing as the headline attractions for Saturday’s 11-race program at the Crescent City oval. Brittlyn Stable’s Good Human Bean and Southern Equine Stable’s Cajun Conference are set to match strides once...

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...