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100th Louisiana Derby Day in the Books; Asmussen, Amoss Battle for Leading Trainer Honors

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, March 31, 2013) –Five-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher’s trio of successful invaders – WinStar Farm’s $1 million Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary, Repole Stable’s $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks heroine Unlimited Budget and Twin...

Black Gold 5: Everything Must Go!

NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, March 31, 2013) – Today is closing day of the 2012-2013 live racing season.  The Black Gold 5 carryover has reached $474,420 and must be paid out!  In order to hit the Black Gold 5, you must select the winners of the final five races of the card.  Race 8 kicks...

Revolutionary Overthrows Rivals in 100th Running of $1 Milllion Louisiana Derby

  By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 30, 2013) – WinStar Farm’s Revolutionary, unhurried early, launched a bold bid outside the early leaders when set down for the drive and tallied by a neck over Mylute in the 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) at...

Johnny Handsome Wins Crescent City Derby; Sittin At the Bar Takes C.C. Oaks

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 30, 2013) – Diamond Racing et al.’s Johnny Handsome, unhurried early, rallied strongly along the inside of the early leaders in the final furlong of Saturday’s $75,000 Crescent City Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and drew...

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...