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By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, January 26, 2013) – A week ago Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas won Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Stakes with Bluegrass Hall’s Oxbow with jockey Jon Court in the irons. Saturday it was a different week and a different horse – Bluegrass...
Race 9-Grade III, $125,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap 4-year-olds and up, About 1 1/16 miles on turf, 27th running Jockey Jon Court(Optimizer, winner):“I thought he handled it real well and I knew he should run really good today and I was counting on it. Mr. Lukas is having some luck there at...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Friday, January 25, 2013) – Mike Munna Racing Stables’ Comisky’s Humor,away alertly and quickly in command, drew off steadily until mid-stretch in Friday’s $51,000 allowance and $62,500 optional claiming sprint at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Friday, January 25, 2013) – Trainer Pat Dupuy still believes in his horse, even though the bay gelding officially became a 9-year-old on New Year’s Day. The hard-knocking Strike Impact, who Dupuy co-owns with Chester Miller, proved best by a length...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, January 24, 2013) – Gary and Mary West’s Winning Note responded to the determined urgings of jockey James Graham and came again late to capture Thursday’s $45,000 feature for 3-year-old maidens by a neck. Trained by Wayne Catalano, the...
Saturday Stakes Advance: Optimizer Slight Choice in Gr. III Col. Bradley; Daisy Devine Odds-On for Marie Krantz; Delaunay Favored in Gaudin; Party Lad the Morning Line Pick in Inaugural Van Berg
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS(Thursday, January 24, 2013) – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who successfully shipped Bluegrass Hall’s Oxbow to New Orleans last week to win the Grade III Lecomte Stakes at the local oval, has another horse who is favored at 7-2 in the morning...
NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, February 9, 2013) – With a wet Mardi Gras looking more probable by the hour, theMini Kiss concert set for Fat Tuesday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has been moved indoors to the first floor of the always-dry, climate-controlled Grandstand. The show will begin...
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu presented jockey Rosie Napravnik with a “Key to the City” in a ceremony held late Wednesday afternoon in the Mayor’s office at City Hall. Mayor Landrieu, on behalf of the city, also presented Napravnik with a proclamation officially recognizing her achievements,...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, January 23, 2013) – Owner-trainer-breeder Charlie Smith was his always-ebullient self when contacted at his Haughton, La., home base Wednesday morning, but he’ll be on the road to New Orleans early Saturday. That will put him in town well...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Monday, January 21, 2013) – Jerry Jamgotchian’s Prettyhotprincess, away alertly and quickly in command, made the pace with early splits of 23.06 and 47.06 in Monday’s $45,000 feature for maiden sophomore fillies and continued with good courage late...