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Mucho Macho Man Tops Field of 13 for Saturday's $1 Million Louisiana Derby

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing Stable’s Mucho Macho Man, hero of Fair Grounds’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes in his last start Feb. 19, has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade II Louisiana Derby, for 98 years the showcase race of the Crescent City...

Wild About Marie Wins Bienville; Rosie Hits 100 Wins

Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Wild About Marie, allowed to settle just behind the early leaders, launched a strong bid in the final furlong to capture Saturday’s 25th anniversary edition of Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Bienville Stakes for older fillies and mares at about 5 1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf...

Saturday Notes: Mucho Macho Man Breezes, 13 Expected for La. Derby

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing Stable’s Mucho Macho Man, the hero of Fair Grounds’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 19 and the prohibitive favorite for the $1 million Louisiana Derby now one week away, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park under...

Rosie Wins 4; Good and Lucky Takes Feature

Jockey Rosie Napravnik, already solidly ensconced as the Fair Grounds jockey champion this winter and significantly the first female rider in New Orleans history to accomplish that feat, exhibited her equestrian skills to a more celebrative crowd of neophyte racing fans when she rode four winners...

Into the Stretch at Fair Grounds...

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has saved the best for last with a jam-packed schedule of special events over the final week of the 139th Thoroughbred Racing Season, highlighted by the richest day of horseracing in state history, Louisiana Derby Day on March 26.  To help keep you straight...

Friday Notes: Machen, Wilkinson On Track for Louisiana Derby

Beware the Ides of March, they say. Courtlandt Farms’ Machen, fourth in Fair Grounds’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes as the local prep for the upcoming $1 million Louisiana Derby March 26, worked a bullet five-eighths in 59.60 on March 15 without being asked for anything extra. “He did it on his own,”...

Midst Tops Saturday's Bienville for Pletcher-Velazquez

Lets Go Stable’s Midst brings jockey John Velazquez to Fair Grounds for the first time this season to ride the Todd Pletcher-trained 7-2 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $60,000 Bienville Stakes. As the weekends’ headline attraction, the Bienville, for older fillies and mares at about 5 1/2-...

Wednesday Notes: Lukas to Send One for Louisiana Derby

Wayne Lukas, the last trainer to complete a Louisiana Derby and Kentucky Derby double with Grindstone in 1996, will have a chance to replicate that feat this year with one of two colts under consideration for the March 26 $1 million Louisiana Derby. “I’m either going to bring the colt that won here...

Canon Man Wins Monday Feature

B/L Racing Stable and Michelle Lovell’s Canon Man set the pace in Monday’s featured $53,000 allowance optional claiming sprint over the Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds, lost the advantage briefly at the furlong marker but came again to be best by a head at the wire. Trained by Michelle...

Monday Notes: FG Oaks-Bound Kathmanblu Favored in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu, clearly best in her most recent start in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds Feb. 19, emerged as the solid 7-2 favorite in the single pool of Churchill Downs’ 2011 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager at the conclusion of that pool’s...