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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...

Chantilly Nayla, Wicked Uno Vie in Tuesday's Mardi Gras

Salman Rashed’s Chantilly Nayla and Gold Mark Farm’s Wicked Uno are set to match strides as the 5-2 and 3-1 first and second choices, respectively, in the morning line for Tuesday’s  $60,000 Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds. The 66th running of the Mardi Gras, as usual contested on the lone...

Maximus Ruler Gets Sunday Breeze for Saturday's Risen Star

Don Benge’s Maximus Ruler, runner-up in Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Jan. 23 after inheriting an unwanted pacesetting scenario, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60 Sunday morning in preparation for next Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes as the showcase race on Louisiana Derby Preview Day. “The...

Clear Sailing Could Have Date with Rachel Alexandra After Pelleteri Win

Veteran jockey Shane Sellers, lately surging as “The Comeback Kid” after being away from competition for four-and-a-half years, came from worst to first astride the appropriately-named Clear Sailing to win Saturday’s featured $60,000 Pelleteri Stakes by a neck to give Sellers a riding triple for...

Clear Sailing Could Have Date with Rachel Alexandra After Pelleteri Win

Veteran jockey Shane Sellers, lately surging as “The Comeback Kid” after being away from competition for four-and-a-half years, came from worst to first astride the appropriately-named Clear Sailing to win Saturday’s featured $60,000 Pelleteri Stakes by a neck to give Sellers a riding triple for...

Hotep, General Quarters, Jody Slew Get Preview Day Works

Two prominent 3-year-old colts pointing toward Fair Grounds’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 20 were given their last significant works Saturday morning in advance of next weekend’s final major prep for the Grade II Louisiana Derby March 27. Sam-Son Farms’ Hotep, a full brother to last year’s Grade...

Handleman Wins Friday Feature

Gold Square LLC’s Handleman made the pace and increased his margin in the final furlong to win Friday’s $41,000 six-furlong allowance sprint at Fair Grounds by three-and-a-quarter lengths at the wire. The winner, trained by Steve Margolis and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. returned mutuels of $5.60...

Drosselmeyer, Discreetly Mine, Tempted to Tapit Headed to Risen Star

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is due to run at Fair Grounds in the New Orleans Ladies March 13, but well before that – on Feb. 20 – the Crescent City oval hosts Louisiana Derby Preview Day, featuring six stakes races on the same day, four of which are graded. Serving as the centerpiece of next...

War Echo Heads Saturday's Pelleteri

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ War Echo, heroine of last year’s Grade III Silverbulletday Stakes in New Orleans before injury took her out of Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks consideration, looms as the solid 8-5 morning line choice for Saturday’s featured $60,000 Pelleteri Stakes for older fillies and mares at...