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Friday Notes: Abstraction Gets an 'A' for Wednesday Win

  By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 15, 2013) –On the same day the newly-elected Pope Francis first appeared on the balcony at St. Peter’s Square, a Pulpit colt named Abstraction emerged from the shadows at the race course in this very Catholic city of New Orleans to...

Latest Louisiana Derby Probables

  Based on Racing Office updates, published news reports and interviews with horsemen. LouisianaDerby nominations close Saturday. Entries to be drawn March 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the Fair Grounds paddock.   Horse, alphabetically (with trainer, jockey when known and “Road to the Kentucky...

Treasured Up Scores in Thursday Feature

  By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, March 14, 2013) – Spendthrift Farm’s Treasured Up, unhurried early, rallied boldly on the extreme outside in the late stages of Thursday’s $49,000 allowance and $40,000 optional claiming event over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course at Fair...

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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...

Sum of the Parts Makes 2013 Debut in Saturday's Colonel Power

  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...

Valediction Bids Rivals Farewell in Wednesday Feature

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...

Ground Transport a Live Louisiana Derby Longshot

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...

Sunday Notes: Believe You Can, Delaunay, Hernandez

  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...

Believe You Can Rolls in New Orleans Ladies; Delaunay Sweeps Sprint Stakes With Kenner Win

  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...

Ive Struck a Nerve Injured, Off Derby Trail

  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...