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Preview of Opening Day at Churchill Downs

ON MY DIME is the most unlikeliest of favorites in the first race on opening day under the Twin Spires. The five-year-old gelding ships in from Turf Paradise while making his first start for little-known trainer Troy Newton. However, the son of Mizzen Mast is 18 points superior on the BRIS Prime...

Brisnet Nuggets for Opening Day at Calder

The long-range forecast shows only a 10% chance of rain for opening day, Friday at Calder, so there is an excellent chance that conditions will be fast and firm for the 10-race card. In going through the Ultimate Past Performances for Friday, not much jumped out early in the card. COVE STAR in...

Louisiana Derby 2-3 Finishers In Action Saturday

It's now T-minus three weeks to Kentucky Derby Day. And while Louisiana Derby winner Friesan Fire will train up to the "Run for the Roses," the other two horses who hit the board in Fair Grounds' signature race are back in action this Saturday. Papa Clem edged out Terrain in a photo for...

Offseason And A Weekend Preview

At about 5:15 last Sunday afternoon, it officially became the offseason at Fair Grounds. Those of us involved with Fair Grounds' racing operation gathered, at the terrific suggestion of vice president and general manager of racing Eric Halstrom, to watch the final race of the season from the winner...

'Big Brother' Open Casting Call Saturday

NEW ORLEANS, LA (April 1, 2009) - Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will host an open casting call for the 11th season of the popular CBS series "Big Brother" Saturday from noon-4 p.m. In conjunction with local CBS affiliate WWL-TV, Fair Grounds is expected to welcome hundreds of...

Friesan Fire Crowned Fair Grounds Horse of the Meeting

Vinery Stable and Fox Hill Farm's Friesan Fire, who captured the Grade II Louisiana Derby by the largest margin in 46 years, was an overwhelming choice as Fair Grounds' Horse of the Meeting for the track's 137th season that concluded Sunday.

Friesan Fire Crowned Fair Grounds Horse of the Meeting

NEW ORLEANS, LA (March 30, 2009) - Vinery Stable and Fox Hill Farm's Friesan Fire, who captured the Grade II Louisiana Derby by the largest margin in 46 years, was an overwhelming choice as Fair Grounds' Horse of the Meeting for the track's 137th season that concluded Sunday. Horse of the Meeting...

Fair Grounds Concludes 137th Season

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots concluded its 137th season Sunday, a winter that provided a mixture of new and old. Watch the Thank You Video

Fair Grounds Concludes 137th Season

NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 29, 2009) - Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots concluded its 137th season Sunday, a winter that provided a mixture of new and old. The "new" aspects of this Fair Grounds season included a leadership team overseeing its first winter Thoroughbred season in the...

Tensas Yucatan Tops Red Camelia Stakes on Closing Day at FG

NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 29, 2009) - James Spence's Tensas Yucatan pressed the pace, took command approaching the lane and drew off for a 2 1/4-length victory in the $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes Sunday, the final stakes race of Fair Grounds' 2008-09 season. "She was the class of the race,...