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FG, Louisiana Connections Plentiful on Oaks, Derby Cards

NEW ORLEANS, La (April 30, 2009) - Led by Grade II Louisiana Derby winner Friesan Fire, three horses who raced at Fair Grounds last winter were entered Wednesday for Kentucky Derby 135 Saturday at Churchill Downs. Friesan Fire, co-owned by Fox Hill Farm and Vinery Stables, became the first...

Preview and Brisnet Nuggets for Wednesday and Thursday at Churchill.

With rain forecasted for the next few days, there is a good possibility that Wednesday's featured 9th race at Churchill Downs, a mile and a sixteenth optional claimer for fillies and mares scheduled for the turf, will be transferred to the main track. However, if it remains on the grass, the clear...

Fair Grounds To Get Earliest Start Ever In 2009-10

Fair Grounds will move up the start of its racing season by one week in 2009-10, marking the earliest start to a racing season in the track's history. The Louisiana State Racing Commission approved Fair Grounds' request for an 85-day meet in 2009-10. Click here to view the calendar (PDF).

Fair Grounds To Get Earliest Start Ever In 2009-10

NEW ORLEANS, La (April 27, 2009) - Fair Grounds will move up the start of its racing season by one week in 2009-10, marking the earliest start to a racing season in the track's history. Click here to view the 2009-10 schedule (PDF)  The Louisiana State Racing Commission approved Monday a...

Weekend recap and Tuesday preview for Churchill.

Churchill enjoyed beautiful spring weather for their opening weekend of racing with seven of the twenty-one races (33 percent) being won by favorites.  The main track was fast both days and, while speed was advantageous, horses on the inside appeared to be at a disadvantage. On the turf early pace...

Sunday at Churchill Downs and Calder.

April 24, 2009 • Tags: With a beautiful day forecasted for Sunday, the feature at Churchill is a mile and a sixteenth optional claimer on the turf which is carded as race nine on the ten race program. A competitive field of nine is entered with WISE RIVER ranking narrowly on top of the BRIS...

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...