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Barn Notes: Sunday, December 8

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: APPRENTICE VANESSA FRY DEBUTS WITH $100 WINNER; TRAINER ANDY LEGGIO JR. PREPARING FOR LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY SATURDAY; HEAVY ON THEMISTER TO PASS UP LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY CLASSIC She’s already something of a rarity as an African-American female apprentice jockey born and...

Apprentice Jockey Vanessa Fry Notches First Career Winner Saturday

  APPRENTICE JOCKEY VANESSA FRY BAGS FIRST CAREER WINNER IN SATURDAY FINALE Apprentice rider Vanessa Fry, a 25-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native, notched her first career victory in her eighth lifetime ride in the finale Saturday at Fair Grounds. With one mount scheduled on the card, Fry waited...

Stakes Recap: Magic City Classic & Kudzu Juvenile

  BUSTED ACCOUNT EARNS BIG PAYDAY WITH 'MAGIC' WIN; STRIKE FOR GOLD CAPTURES KUDZU JUVENILE Michael Annechino’s Busted Account, winless since February, made up for lost time with a 4 ¾-length win in Saturday’s $50,000 Magic City Classic, a one mile and 70-yard event restricted to older Alabama...

Barn Notes: Friday, December 6

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: ROBBY ALBARADO HAPPY TO BE BACK AT FAIR GROUNDS; FAIR GROUNDS JOCKEY, TRAINER STANDINGS THROUGH THURSDAY; FAIR GROUNDS MOURNING BELOVED MUTUEL CLERK FRED LAURENT Louisiana’s own Robby Albarado, the only jockey in New Orleans racing history to win seven leading rider titles...

Stakes Advance: Magic City Classic and Kudzu Juvenile

ABAMA LIGHT BACK TO DEFEND MAGIC CITY CLASSIC WIN; KUDZU JUVENILE FOR ALABAMA-BREDS ALSO ON TOP Taylor Nelson’s Abama Light is set to defend last year’s winning effort in Saturday’s $50,000 Magic City Classic at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots but faces several worthy challengers in the one...

Barn Notes: Wednesday, December 4

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: OWNER-TRAINER TOM MCCARTHY BACK IN NEW ORLEANS; ALBARADO, BRIDGMOHAN, MENA TO RIDE AT FAIR GROUNDS BEGINNING THURSDAY; INTRODUCING APPRENTICE JOCKEY ASHLEY BROUSSARD Owner-trainer Tom McCarthy, the septuagenarian former high school principal who became the feel-good...

Race Recap: Great Mills Wires Sunday Feature

  GREAT MILLS WIRES FAIR GROUNDS FEATURE SUNDAY Millennium Farms’Great Mills made the pace in Sunday’s $53,000 allowance grass dash at about 5 ½ furlongs over a Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course rated good and drew off late for a two-length tally under David Flores. Conditioned by Fair...

Barn Notes: Sunday, December 1

  IN TODAY'S NOTES: LARRY JONES JOINING BEARDED CHAMPIONS; TRAINER BRET CALHOUN LIKELY FOR LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY DEC. 14; WOODCHOPPER FAVORITE GENERAL ELECTION DOING FINE SUNDAY MORNING Cindy Jones, spouse and valued training assistant to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots-wintertime-based...

Stakes Recap: Woodchopper Stakes

  MARCHMAN WINS WIRE-TO-WIRE IN WOODCHOPPER Martin Racing Stable’s speedy Marchman proved he had the ability to go two turns when he captured Saturday’s $75,000 Woodchopper Stakes Saturday at about one mile over a Stall-Wilson turf course rated yielding with a wire-to-wire performance at Fair...

Stakes Recap: Pago Hop Stakes

  EDEN PRAIRIE LEADS FIELD THROUGHOUT FG'S PAGO HOP Gaining the advantage just after the break, Lothenbach Stables’   Eden Prairie made the pace with hobby horse early fractions of 26.13 and 52.13 and drew off late for a five and a half-length tally in Friday’s $75,000 Pago Hop at...