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Another Season In The Books

  I can not believe this Fair Grounds racing season is over and we‘re all headed to our spring and summer race track destinations. I’ve always been told that the older you get, the faster time goes by. It seems like it was just Thanksgiving Day, a couple of weeks ago, and we were starting this...

First Lady of Fair Grounds: Rosie Wins Leading Jockey Title

Twenty-three-year-old sensation Rosie Napravnik concluded the 139th Thoroughbred Racing Season at Fair Grounds as the meet’s leading jockey with 110 wins, becoming the first woman to clinch a riding title at the New Orleans oval. Napravnik was honored in the winner’s circle following Race 7 on...

Meet Leaders & Champions

Twenty-three-year-old sensation Rosie Napravnik concluded the 139th Thoroughbred Racing Season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as the meet’s leading jockey with 110 wins, becoming the first woman to clinch a riding title at the New Orleans oval. Napravnik was honored in the winner’s circle...

Pants On Fire, 'Macho Man' Kentucky Derby-Bound

For want of a shoe, the race might have been lost, or at least that’s the way Kathy Ritvo, trainer of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing’s Mucho Macho Man, was looking at things Sunday morning on the Fair Grounds backstretch. In Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby, centerpiece...

Hot Jock Napravnik Wins Louisiana Derby Aboard Pants On Fire

Jockey Rosie Napravnik, riding in her first season at Fair Grounds, has increased her lead in the local jockey standings throughout the second half of the meeting, but she put the most appetizing garnish on her Crescent City debut with a neck victory in the richest Thoroughbred race ever run in New...

Supporting Stakes Recap: Mission Impazible, Smart Bid, More

The “Impazible” dream came true for Twin Creeks Racing Stable, trainer Todd Pletcher and his assistant Michael Dilger when Mission Impazible proved clearly best by a length and a half in Saturday’s Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Handicap. A year ago Mission Impazible won the 2010 Louisiana Derby to...

Daisy Devine Delivers in FG Oaks

James M. Miller’s Daisy Devine earned a trip to Louisville with an impressive half-length win over Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River in Saturday’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, the richest prep race for 3-year-old fillies aspiring to the prestigious May 6 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Four of the...

Complete Derby Day Stakes Quotes

Race 3-$100,000 Bayou Handicap Fillies & mares, Four-years-old and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf, 43rd running Trainer Mike Stidham (Upperline, winner): “The race was really, really impressive. The one thing that worried me a little bit was I knew that in a small field like that they would be...

On to Kentucky! Pants On Fire, Napravnik Win Louisiana Derby

Jockey Rosie Napravnik, riding in her first season at Fair Grounds, has increased her lead in the local jockey standings throughout the second half of the meeting, but she put the most appetizing garnish on her Crescent City debut with a neck victory in the richest Thoroughbred race ever run in New...

Battle On the Bayou Recap

Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence’s Populist Politics, cross-entered in Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby but scratched out of that in favor of Friday’s 39th running of the $75,000 Crescent City Derby at Fair Grounds, was first under the wire by a nose the easier assignment in the Derby...