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WHAT IS IT? The Louisiana Derby is a $1 million race for top 3-year-old Thoroughbred horses, held annually on the final Saturday in March. It is a final stop for horses hoping to make their next start in the world’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, at Churchill Downs in Louisville...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, March 14, 2013) –Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, away from competition since a fourth-place finish in Santa Anita’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint last Nov. 3, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite when...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 13, 2013) – Padua Stables’ Valediction, void of early foot, rallied strongly on the extreme outside in Wednesday’s featured $47,000 grass sprint for older horses and got up in time for a neck victory at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 13, 2013) –The rapidly progressing Ground Transport has taken off in recent days as a live longshot for the 100th anniversary edition of the $1 million Louisiana Derby March 30 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The sophomore son of...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, March 10, 2013) –Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., unceremoniously unseated from Janis Whitham’s 2012 Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned leaving the gate in Saturday’s Grade II Gulfstream Park Handicap, emerged unscathed from that...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 09, 2013) –Brereton Jones’s Believe You Can, away alertly and quickly in command, made the pace and increased the margin while galloping out in the late stages to a 5 3/4-length win in Saturday’s fourth running of the listed $150,000...
NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 9, 2013) – Big Chief Racing & Paul Braverman’s Ive Struck a Nerve, the 135-1 upset winner of the Feb. 23 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (GII), sustained an ankle injury during a workout Saturday morning and will miss both the Louisiana Derby and the Kentucky...
NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 08, 2013) – Keith Plaisance’s odds-on favorite Yonaguska Storm, allowed to settle behind Maggi Moss’s Herbal Prospector early, rallied strongly to challenge for command when set down for the drive and drew off late for a 2 1/2-length score in Friday’s Starlight Racing $47...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 08, 2013) – Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, who rode Lael Stable’s legendary Barbaro to victory in the 2006 Kentucky Derby and was later voted North America’s Eclipse Award-winning jockey that season, will return to the Crescent City...
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 07, 2013) – Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Southern Dude proved worthy of his odds-on favoritism in Thursday’s featured $48,000 allowance and $40,000 optional claiming sprint at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots by drawing off for a facile...