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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...

Infield Festival: Seventeen Food Trucks, Pop-Ups Confirmed; Offisite Parking at Former JFK School

  NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 27, 2013) –Seventeen of the city’s favorite food trucks and pop-up food vendors make up the final list of street fare to be offered Saturday at the first-ever Infield Festival on Louisiana Derby Day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The lineup includes...

Revolutionary 3-1 Favorite in Full Field of 14 for Saturday's 100th Louisiana Derby

  By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 27, 2013) – WinStar Farm’s Revolutionary, who overcame severe traffic problems to win Aqueduct’s Grade III Withers Stakes in his last start Feb. 2, has been installed as the lukewarm 3-1 morning line favorite in the 100th anniversary...

Revolutionary Favored at 3-1 in Full Field of 14 for Saturday's 100th Louisiana Derby

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 27, 2013) – WinStar Farm’s Revolutionary, who overcame severe traffic problems to win Aqueduct’s Grade III Withers Stakes in his last start Feb. 2, has been installed as the lukewarm 3-1 morning line favorite in the 100th anniversary...