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Louisiana Derby Notes: Alpha, Mark Valeski and More

South Florida-based Alpha, easy winner of the Grade III Withers at Aqueduct on Feb. 4, is now considered probable for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (Gr. II) on April 1, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed today. “The chances are very good that we’re coming that way,” McLaughlin said. “Simon...

Watch My Smoke Wins Sunday Feature

Maggi Moss’s Watch Me Smoke, allowed to settle early, commenced a rally entering the lane and drew off in the final furlong for four-length tally in Sunday’s $49,000 mile and 70 yard allowance and $17,500 optional claiming feature at Fair Grounds. Trained by Tom Amoss and ridden by Rosie Napravnik...

Sunday Notes: Havre de Grace Having Wonderful Morning

Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, fresh once more after the spoils of victory attained Saturday afternoon at Fair Grounds in the $150,000 New Orleans Ladies, was standing quietly in her stall early Sunday morning while trainer Larry Jones was still in town. “We’re all good, here,” said...

New Orleans Ladies Quotes

Jockey Ramon Dominguez (Havre de Grace, winner): “We had a great trip. My main purpose was to try to keep her out of trouble. She was ready to run, as usual with all Larry Jones’ horses coming off of the layoff. She seems like she was definitely much the best on paper and she proved to be...

Havre de Grace Rules New Orleans Ladies

Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace treated Fair Grounds guests to a shamrock-flavored shower of power Saturday, giving those on hand and racing fans all over the world a St. Patrick’s Day to remember with a facile 4 1/2-length victory as she made her 2012 debut in the third running of the $...

Havre de Grace Rules New Orleans Ladies

Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace treated Fair Grounds guests to a shamrock-flavored shower of power Saturday, giving those on hand and racing fans all over the world a St. Patrick’s Day to remember with a facile 4 1/2-length victory as she made her 2012 debut in the third running of the $...

Wash Park Takes Starlight Feature

Keith Plaisance’s favored Wash Park commenced a rally in mid-stretch outside the leaders and was up to be best by three-quarters of a length in Friday’s Starlight Racing feature at Fair Grounds.  As the headline event during the fifth of six such Starlight Racing programs in New Orleans this...

Major Rules Drills Rivals in Thursday Feature

Bellamy Stable’s Major Rules broke in stride to make the pace and prove best by 1 3/4-lengths at the wire in Thursday’s featured $49,000 allowance and $17,500 optional claiming six-furlong sprint at Fair Grounds. Trained by Morris Nicks and ridden by James Graham, the winner tripped off the timer...

Wednesday Notes: Havre de Grace Fit to Dance in New Orleans Ladies

The only thing the nation’s reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace has left to do prior to her 2012 debut in Saturday’s $150,000 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is gallop up to the race. “That work she had Monday (five furlongs in 59.60 on a track rated fast) was...

Horse of the Year Havre de Grace Draws Post 2 for Saturday's $150,000 New Orleans Ladies

Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace will make her long awaited 2012 debut Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when she goes to the post as the prohibitive favorite in the $150,000 New Orleans Ladies, becoming the second Horse of the Year in the last three seasonsto use that...