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Oaks Day Recap: Believe You Can Survives in $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 31, 2012) – Brereton Jones’s Believe You Can, with regular rider Rosie Napravnik aboard, looked like she would, then looked like she wouldn’t, but finally did win Saturday’s 45th running of the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, the 3-year-old...

Pick 18 Pays $4,667

NEW ORLEANS(Friday, March 30, 2012) – The first-ever Pick 18 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots returned $4,667.05 to a single bettor who had 10 of the winners on his ticket. Because the Pick 18 was a one-day-only wager, there was a mandatory payout of the entire pool. The post-time favorite...

Feature: Louisiana Derby Contender Cigar Street a 'Good Outlet' for NBA Connections Lewis and Ballis

By Claire Novak, Special Contributor NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 30, 2012) – When Jake Ballis told his friend Rashard Lewis they should purchase a few horses together, Lewis had a lot of questions. The NBA basketball player with the Washington Wizards grew up shooting hoops with Ballis in high...

Cigar Street 'A Good Outlet' for NBA Connections

By Claire Novak, Special Contributor NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 30, 2012) – When Jake Ballis told his friend Rashard Lewis they should purchase a few horses together, Lewis had a lot of questions. The NBA basketball player with the Washington Wizards grew up shooting hoops with Ballis in high...

A Dozen Shippers From California, Florida in Town for Weekend's 11 Stakes

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 30, 2012) – An even dozen equine invaders from California and Florida scheduled to be part of the 11-stakes gala programs offered Saturday and Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots have all arrived safely in New Orleans in...

Out of Town Visitors Can Take the Historic Streetcar to Fair Grounds!

On a day when the weather is mild there is no more enjoyable way for out-of-town visitors to reach Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots than on New Orleans’ historic streetcar line, which has been in operation since the first half of the 19th century. Fair Grounds is easily accessible via the...

Take the Streetcar to Fair Grounds from the French Quarter

On a day when the weather is mild there is no more enjoyable way for out-of-town visitors to reach Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots than on New Orleans’ historic streetcar line, which has been in operation since the first half of the 19th century. Fair Grounds is easily accessible via the...

Bloemer Girl Wins Thursday Feature

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 29, 2012) – Andrew and Christa Arthur’s Bloemer Girl, away alertly and quickly in command, made the pace and withstood two late challengers to capture Thursday’s $51,000 allowance and $40,000 optional claiming filly and mare grass dash at...

Thursday Notes: Star Guitar Owner Benoit Looking Forward to Potentially Historic Weekend

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 29, 2012) – Yes, the 99th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby – showcase event of the New Orleans racing season meeting – will be run this Sunday as one of seven stakes slated for Closing Day of Fair Grounds’ current season, and yes,...

Feature: Comisky's Humor Goes From $1,200 Purchase to $1 Million Louisiana Derby

[Image: Ron Faucheux in the Fair Grounds winner's circle earlier this season. Photo by Hodges Phtography.]   By Claire Novak, Special Contributor NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 28, 2012) – “Believe me, this is some Cinderella story,” Mike Munna said one day at Fair Grounds Race Course...