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Honest Pace Assured in Risen Star After Florida Flight Arrival

When an equine charter from South Florida touched down in New Orleans at about 11:30 Wednesday morning, a legitimate pace in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Louisiana Derby Preview Day was all but assured. Aboard the flight was Gainesway Farm’s Tempted to Tapit, a Steve...

Chantilly Nayla Survives Objection to Win Mardi Gras Stakes

Salman Rashed’s Chantilly Nayla outgamed Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Kinsolving and Robert Pierz’ Hathors Legacy respectively in a three-horse pinball finish to Tuesday’s 66th running of the $60,000 Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds. However, all three horses had to survive a stewards’ inquiry...

Undercard Stars: Friesan Fire, General Quarters, Good and Lucky, Giant Oak, Jody Slew, Quiet Temper, Dubai Majesty, Four Gifts

All of the above are among 128 horses entered for Saturday's 13-race program with six stakes, including four graded events. First post is 12:10 p.m. CST.

Preview Day Showcases Six Strong Stakes

Jack Hammer’s Ron the Greek, 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds, breezed a half-mile in 49.60 on Mardi Gras morning with regular rider James Graham in the irons, and also on the Tuesday tab was Risen Star entrant Mountain Justice, owned by Blu Shu...

Brisnet Handicappers Edge Fair Grounds notes 2/16/10.

Discreetly Mine, Drosselmeyer take on locals in Risen Star Lecomte winner Ron the Greek could face three serious challengers from Florida in Risen Star (Hodges Photography/Lynn Roberts) Saturday's $300,000 Risen Star S. (G2) at Fair Grounds has the look of a regional showdown. Florida invaders...

Ron the Greek, Drosselmeyer Head 12 Entered for Saturday's Grade II Risen Star

Jack Hammer’s Ron the Greek, hero of Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Stakes Jan. 23, and WinStar Farm’s Drosselmeyer, a rapidly emerging sophomore who won his first start of the year in impressive fashion at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31, may vie for favoritism when they head a field of 12 named to...

Rock Hard Noses Giant's Tomb in Lundi Gras Feature

Stacey Moak’s Rock Hard, a distant last in the early stages of Monday’s featured sixth race, passed seven rivals in the stretch to earn a nose victory over Sam-Son Farms’ Giant’s Tomb in the $41,000 first-level allowance with $50,000 claiming option, originally carded for the turf but contested at...

Letsgetitonmon, Friesan Fire Work for Saturday Stakes

Bob Zollars and Mark Wagner’s Letsgetitonmon, who closed well to finish third beaten two lengths for the win in Fair Grounds Grade III Lecomte Stakes Jan. 23, breezed a half-mile in 49.60 Monday morning at Fair Grounds in preparation for Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes – the final major...

Maximus Ruler Out of Saturday's Risen Star

Don Benge’s Maximus Ruler, runner-up behind Ron the Greek in Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Stakes Jan. 23, will not run in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes after coming up with a slight injury following a breeze Sunday morning at the New Orleans oval. “He didn’t want to place his right hind...

Paradise Bound Wins Valentine's Day Feature

Live Oak Plantation’s Paradise Bound, allowed to settle just off the pace in Sunday’s $39,000 Fair Grounds feature for maiden fillies and mares, responded willingly when set down for the drive and drew off for a 1 3/4-length score in the race transferred from the Stall-Wilson turf course and run on...