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El Padrino Noses Out Mark Valeski in Risen Star Thriller

It looks like a Louisiana Derby rematch on April 1 could be in order for Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino and Brereton Jones’s Mark Valeski, who finished first and second a nose apart in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. Following a furious stretch duel – with mutual bumping and a...

Undercard Stakes: Country Day, Look At the Time , Nehro

It was Country Day, owned by Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein, who came home first by a length in Saturday’s $75,000 Colonel Power Stakes, one of the six supporting stakes worth $885,000 that made up Fair Grounds’ Louisiana Derby Preview Day program at the New Orleans oval. This time it was his...

Nates Mineshaft Wires Mineshaft Handicap; Smart Bid Gets Up in FG 'Cap

Windy Hill Farms’ Nates Mineshaft took advantage of soft early fractions and led at every point of call in a race named for the winner’s sire, the Grade III Mineshaft Handicap for older horses at 1 1/16 miles. Jesse Campbell guided the longest shot on the board through fractions of 25.30, 49.35 and...

Summer Applause Rowsing in Rachel Alexandra

Gillian Campbell et al.’s Summer Applause got rave reviews from her rider Robby Albarado after she proved clearly best in Saturday’s Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes as the final prep for the upcoming $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks March 31. “(Summer Applause) was a great ride from the start to the...

El Padrino Noses Out Mark Valeski in Risen Star Thriller

It looks like a Louisiana Derby rematch on April 1 could be in order for Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino and Brereton Jones’s Mark Valeski, who finished first and second a nose apart in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. Following a furious stretch duel – with mutual bumping and a...

Starlite Starbrite Shines On Starlight Night

Andrena Van Doren’s Starlite Starbrite came up to make the pace leaving the backstretch and never relinquished command thereafter, posting a 2 1 /4-length victory in main event during Friday’s fourth of six Starlight Racing programs this season under the lights at Fair Grounds. Ridden by Rosie...

Havre de Grace Likely for New Orleans Ladies

Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace is likely to make her 2012 debut in the March 17 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, owner Rick Porter said Friday, reversing course on a previous announcement that the mare would travel to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., for the...

Sellers: 'I'm Riding As Good As I've Ever Ridden'

  “Shane Sellers,” jockey agent Fred Aime remarked on a quiet morning at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, “has made more comebacks than Sugar Ray Robinson.” Given the tendency of jockey agents to pontificate upon the merits of their riders while sometimes demonstrating disregard for...
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Sellers: 'I'm Riding As Good As I've Ever Ridden'

“Shane Sellers,” jockey agent Fred Aime remarked on a quiet morning at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, “has made more comebacks than Sugar Ray Robinson.” Given the tendency of jockey agents to pontificate upon the merits of their riders while sometimes demonstrating disregard for actual facts...

Santo Gato Quick As a Cat in Thursday Feature

Dan Lynch, Ken Sentel and Merrill Scherer’s Santo Gato broke in full stride and made the pace throughout in Thursday’s $51,000 Fair Grounds feature, an allowance and $40,000 optional claiming sprint transferred from the Stall-Wilson turf course and run at 5 1/2-furlongs over the main track. The 2 1...