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Graydar Wins $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (GII)

By Martha Claussen NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 30, 2013) – Twin Creek’s Racing Stable LLC’s Graydar followed up his impressive performance in the Grade I Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park with another winning effort against some of the nation’s top older horses in Saturday’s $400,000 New Orleans...

Amira's Prince Speeds to Victory in $400,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (GII)

By Martha Claussen NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 30, 2013) – Irish-bred Amira’s Prince moved to the lead around the first turn and never looked back, winning Saturday’s $400,000 Mervin H. Muniz Memorial Handicap (GII) by a half-lenth over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course at Fair Grounds Race Course...

Lee's Spirit Upsets Costa Rising Stakes

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 30, 2013) – Kicking off Saturday’s seven-stakes afternoon with an upset, Boudreaux, Gaudet and Johnston’s Lee’s Spirit, allowed to settle, challenged in the late stages and got up to capture the $60,000 Costa Rising Stakes by a nose as the...

Queen of the Waves Rules Friday Feature

  By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 29, 2013) – Richard Lister’s Queen of the Waves, allowed to settle, commenced a rally on the outside when set down for the drive and drew clear late for a 2 3/4-length tally in Friday’s $47,000 allowance feature for older fillies and...

Friday Notes: All-Grade II Pick Four on Louisiana Derby Day!

  By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 29, 2013) – Saturday is Louisiana Derby Day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots – as always the centerpiece day of the New Orleans racing season. Obviously, the showcase race Saturday is the 100th anniversary edition of the $1...

Infield Updates: Parking Added at 1913 Gentilly; Promotions Include Jäger Cookoff, Hat Contest

  By Deidre Gallagher, 100th Louisiana Derby & Infield Festival Publicity Intern NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 27, 2013) – An additional parking option for Saturday’s 100th Louisiana Derby & Infield Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has been confirmed at 1913 Gentilly...

Asmussen Moves Into Second All-Time Among Trainers

{{m1}} By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 28, 2013) – In Thursday’s fourth race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, when Jake Jourdan romped home 5 1/2-lengths in front of his nearest rival, trainer Steve Asmussenmoved into second-place among the world’s all-time leading...

Optimizer Favored in Saturday's $400,000 Muniz Memorial (GII)

  By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 28, 2013) – Calumet Farm’s Optimizer, who won the first two legs of the grass series for older horses at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots this winter, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line choice to sweep the series when he...

Graydar, Bourbon Courage Get Donn Rematch, Mark Valeski Challenges in Saturday's $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (GII)

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 28, 2013) – Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Graydar and Bourbon Lane Stable’s Bourbon Courage, first and second respectively in the Grade I Donn Handicap in South Florida last month, get their much anticipated rematch in the Grade II New Orleans...

Flashy Gray Favored in $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks

  By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 27, 2013) – West Point Thoroughbreds and Tom Keithley’s Flashy Gray, runner-up in Oaklawn’s Grade III Honeybee Stakes March 9 as the odd-on choice of the Arkansas fans, gets a chance to make amends for that defeat when she is pegged...