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Scrappy Roo Wins Monday Feature

Steve Asmussen’s Scrappy Roo, always well placed, came up to challenge H & H Ranch’s front-running Valid Message entering the lane, took command approaching the furlong grounds and drew off the rest of the way for a three-length tally in Monday’s $27,000 starter allowance optional claiming...

Machen Leads Howard's Quintet of La. Derby Noms

When longtime Fair Grounds-based trainer Neil Howard saddled Courtlandt Farms’ Machen to win Sunday’s $45,000 3-year-old feature by 5 ½ lengths, it gave the quiet, modest conditioner six wins from 15 starters at the 2010-2011 season and allowed him to join the top 10 in the local trainer standings...

3YO Machen an Impressive Debut Winner

Courtlandt Farms’ Machen, allowed to settle early, rallied strongly approaching the lane, took command in upper stretch and drew off with authority to capture Sunday’s featured $45,000 six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old maidens by 5 ½ lengths. Trained by the resurgent Neil Howard, enjoying one of...

Albarado Suffers Broken Heel in Pre-Race Mishap

Jockey Robby Albarado suffered a broken right heel when he was dismounted by 3-year-old filly Mollys Missb’havin while leaving the paddock for Race 2. Albarado was transported to Tulane Medical Center for X-rays. Albarado told a track official a CT scan was being scheduled to determine whether...

Red Strike Likely for Turf Series

The Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap on Jan. 22, the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap Feb. 19 and the Grade II Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap March 26 – all scheduled for the Stall-Wilson turf course – make up the dates of Fair Grounds’ three graded stakes grass series in 2011. The Col. Bradley...

Avie's Tale Takes Off-Turf Blushing K.D. Handicap

Ivan Dalos’s Avie’s Tale, void of early foot, launched a bold bid when set down for the drive and drew off in the final furlong for a 3 1/4-length win in Saturday’s $60,000 Blushing K. D. Handicap – the New Year’s Day filly and mare feature at Fair Grounds. “You can’t make her do anything,” said...

Justin Phillip a Candidate for 3YO Stakes

Zayat Stables’ well-bred sophomore Justin Phillip appears talented enough to be a worthy candidate for Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Stakes as part of Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone on Jan. 22. Backed down to 1-2 favoritism by the New Year’s Day crowd at the Crescent...

Avie's Tale Takes Off-Turf Blushing K.D. Handicap

Avie’s Tale, void of early foot, launched a bold bid when set down for the drive and drew off in the final furlong for a 3 1/4-length win in Saturday’s $60,000 Blushing K. D. Handicap – the New Year’s Day filly and mare feature at Fair Grounds.

"Big Frank" Goes To Hollywood

  Last racing season one of the blogs I wrote was about assistant trainers and their importance to the barns they work for. Frank Bernis was the subject of that blog back then as he was working for trainer Tom Amoss. I explained, with the help of trainer Tom, how important “Big Frank” was to...

Futurity Winners May Go Long

Trainer Mike Burgess was all smiles back at his Fair Grounds barn Saturday morning, enjoying the post-race afterglow of Sweet Ruston’s 3 1/2-length win in Friday’s filly division of Fair Grounds’ $107,125 Louisiana Futurity. “She came back good,” Burgess said of the Richard Ringo-owned filly. “She...