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Nates Mineshaft Wins Monday Feature

Pete Reiman’s Nates Mineshaft broke in stride to make the pace and held on willingly to win Monday’s $49,000 allowance feature at Fair Grounds by a length and a quarter. The winner toured the mile and 70-yard distance in 1:42.93 after establishing early splits of 23:95 and 47.15, increased his...
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Hotel Monteleone and Fair Grounds Continue Long History on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day

Hotel Monteleone and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, two New Orleans institutions that each date back to the 19th Century, have been closely associated for so long nobody can recall exactly when the relationship started. What is known for certain, however, is that Hotel Monteleone was among...

Lonesome Street Wins Sunday Feature

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Lonesome Street alternated for the early lead with George Ditola’s Cross Village, drew away from that one a second time after the eighth pole and won Sunday’s $51,000 Fair Grounds optional claiming grass feature by 2 1/4-lengths. Ridden by Miguel Mena and trained by Mike...

Sunday Notes: Major Gain Possible for Lecomte, plus Kerwin Clark and more

Gary and Mary West’s Major Gain breezed six furlongs in 1:14.40 at Gulfstream Park Sunday morning  in a move that left his trainer Wayne Catalano pondering a quick trip to his native New Orleans to saddle that son of More Than Ready at Fair Grounds in Saturday’s Grade III Lecomte Stakes. “He...

Three-Year-Old Stakes Highlight Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone

A pair of $100,000 stakes for 3-year-olds with Derby and Oaks aspirations highlight a 13-race program with six stakes on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone this Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. To accommodate the super-sized program first post is set for a...

Chief Jay Wins Johnson Memorial, Speedacious Gets Happy Ticket

Chief Jay took command in the late stages and outfought Flashy Wise Cat to win Saturday's $60,000 John Jackson Memorial by a neck. Later, Speedacious broke in stride to make the pace and continued willingly throughout to take the $60,000 Happy Ticket Stakes by 4 1/2-lengths.

Speedacious Gets Happy Ticket, Chief Jay Wins Johnson Memorial

Carl Moore’s Speedacious broke in stride to make the pace and continued willingly throughout to take Saturday’s $60,000 Happy Ticket Stakes for accredited Louisiana-bred older fillies and mares at Fair Grounds by 4 1/2-lengths. The daughter of Yankee Gentleman trained by Bret Calhoun toured the 5 1...

Saturday Notes: Gomez Coming to FG for Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Jan. 22

Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez is scheduled to be in New Orleans to ride at least three horses on the Fair Grounds Road to the Derby Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone Jan. 22 program. “Yes, we will be at Fair Grounds next week,” confirmed Gomez’ agent Ron Anderson Saturday morning...

Yo Adrian, I Did It

  Just like the original Rocky movie when heavyweight boxer Rocky Balboa went the distance with Apollo Creed in his first heavyweight world championship bout, retired jockey Randy Romero finally feels like he went the distance in the Thoroughbred racing world. Yo Adrian, Randy did it too....

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...