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Faucheux, Graham, Brittlyn Stables Take Home Meet Titles as Fair Grounds Closes Out 150th Season of Racing
Top Kentucky Derby contender Epicenter puts on a season-long show

(New Orleans, Louisiana – Tuesday, March 29, 2022) – Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots wrapped up its sesquicentennial (150th) season of racing on Sunday, March 27, and although the destruction caused by Hurricane Ida (late August/early September) offered plenty of challenges, fans were welcomed back to the facility as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic slowed and business was solid due to the tremendous support from both horseman and bettors alike. The meet, which kicked off with the traditional Thanksgiving Day opener on November 26, included 80 racing days and it was highlighted, as always, by the 109th running of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2).

“The damage to the barn area, parts of the facility and the loss of the infield tote board due to Hurricane Ida leading into our meet caused some challenges, but we are New Orleans, and we are resilient,” Fair Grounds senior director of racing Jason Boulet said. “We are extremely proud of everyone who came together to put out a great product on a day-in, day-out basis and as always, we are extremely grateful to the horseman for their continued support throughout the meet. The return of the fans after a difficult, prolonged stretch with the COVID-19 pandemic brought renewed energy to the racetrack, and we look forward to what should be a very special 2022-23 season.”

As the calendar turned over to 2022, Fair Grounds announced a 15% across the board purse increase and the meet reached its zenith on March 26, when the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) highlighted a robust 12-race card that included eight stakes. Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Epicenter, who earlier in the meet won the inaugural Gun Runner Stakes and the Risen Star (G2) presented by Lamarque Ford, captured Fair Grounds’ signature event over Zozos and Pioneer of Medina, establishing a new track record for 1 3/16ths miles in the process. The Not This Time colt now storms into Louisville as one of the favorites for the 148th Run for the Roses for trainer Steve Asmussen, who hopes to add a first Kentucky Derby win to his amazing resume.

The co-featured TwinSires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) marked the sophomore debut of 2021 Two-Year-Old Filly Champion Echo Zulu, and the Eclipse Award winner did not disappoint, scoring a gate-to-wire victory over a hard-charging Hidden Connection to remain undefeated from five starts for owners L and N Racing and Winchell Thoroughbreds and trainer Steve Asmussen. It was a banner Louisiana Derby Day for Asmussen and jockey Joel Rosario, who teamed up to win five races on the card.

On the Louisiana Derby Day undercard, Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable and LNJ Foxwoods’ Olympiad won the New Orleans Classic (G2) as the odds-on favorite under Junior Alvarado, nearly breaking the nine furlong track record in the process for trainer Bill Mott. Earlier in the meet, the son of Speightstown shaved .01 off the 1 1/16 mile track record when winning the Mineshaft (G3). In the Muniz Memorial Classic (G2) presented by Horse Racing Nation, Two Emmys took the field gate to wire for Wolfe Racing, owner/trainer Hugh Robertson and the meet’s leading rider James Graham.

Louisiana native Ron Faucheux won his second consecutive training title with 43 wins, ten more than four-time champion and Brad Cox (33), who was named the Eclipse Award winner for the second consecutive year in 2021. 11-time local titlist Tom Amoss, Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Chris Hartman and Bret Calhoun tied for third with 29 wins apiece, and Jose Camejo, who trains for the meet’s leading owner Brittlyn Stables, was next with 27.

Faucheux won three stakes at the meet, including a repeat score with fan favorite Monte Man in the Louisiana Champions’ Day Sprint. The meet highlights for Cox were his upset win with Turnerloose in the Rachel Alexandra (G2) presented by Fasig-Tipton and a victory by Mandaloun in the Louisiana (G3), a race in which he defeated arch rival Midnight Bourbon in the process. Amoss bagged a pair of turf stakes for 3-year-olds, winning the Black Gold with Dowagiac Chief and the Lacombe Memorial with Kneesnhips. Calhoun won four stakes with four different horses – Lovely Ride (Pago Hop), Who Took the Money (Louisiana Champions’ Day Turf), Excess Magic (Woodchopper) and Winning Romance (Shantel Lanerie Memorial). Hartman scored the 1,500th win of his career on February 4 with Ekati’s Verve, and his turf sprint mare Elle Z won three stakes at the meet – the Menard Memorial, the Aime Memorial and the Mardi Gras. Camejo took down a pair of stakes with Ova Charged (Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint and the Page Cortex) and added another with Behemah Star (Star Guitar).

With 72 wins, James Graham captured his fourth Fair Grounds riding title and third in a row. His top moment came when Call Me Midnight posted a 27-1 upset over eventual Risen Star and Louisiana Derby winner Epicenter in the Lecomte (G3) for trainer Keith Desormeaux. With a late surge, Mitchell Murrill, who won his 1,000th career race on February 6 aboard Yin Yang in what was his first ever mount for trainer Brad Cox, surged late for second with 62 wins. Colby Hernandez, who led the way most of the meet, wound up third with 60 scores. Brian Hernandez, Jr., who led all local riders in percentage with 22% and Reylu Gutierrez, in his first season at Fair Grounds, rounded out the top five with 53 and 51 wins respectively.

Adam Beschizza, who finished sixth in the standings, scored his 500th career win in North America on January 29 aboard the Joe Sharp-trained Holy Emperor. Graham and Marcelino Pedroza, Jr. were the only two riders to win as many as five races on a single card. Jack Gilligan and Gabriel Saez both returned from extended injury rehabs to score victories at the meet.

The owners’ race was dominated from start to finish by Evelyn Benoit’s Brittlyn Stable, who won 22 races at an amazing 33% clip, all with horses sired by her Clear Creek Farm’s stallion and Louisiana legend Star Guitar. It was the first local title for Brittlyn Stables, who nearly tripled their eight-win total from the 2020-21 meet. Allied Racing Stable of Chester Thomas finished second with 14 wins, and last year’s champ Godolphin checked in third with ten.

Following a break for the Christmas Holiday, Fair Grounds returned with a newly anointed “Road to the Derby Kickoff Day” card on December 26. The program offered six stakes and featured a pair of brand-new added money events for the late season 2-year-olds, each offering 10-4-2-1 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks respectively – the Gun Runner (won by Epicenter) and the Untapable (won by North County).

On Saturday, February 12, Fair Grounds hosted the second annual “New Vocations Day at the Races”. Hosted on the simulcast show by retired jockey Rosie Napravnik, a four-time local champion, and Fair Grounds personality Joe Kristufek, the event raised over $5,000 and awareness for all aspects of racehorse aftercare. In addition to on-line donations, several jockeys, trainers and owners contributed a percentage of that day’s earnings to help support the Louisiana division of New Vocations.

Buoyed by a track record handle recorded on a spectacular 14-race “Louisiana Derby Preview Day” card on February 19, handle and betting support were strong from opening day to closing day, no doubt helped by the increased popularity of the traditional Pick Five, following the elimination of the Black Gold 5 “jackpot” wager last season.

“We would like to thank all the horsemen for their continued support which makes Fair Grounds one of the premier winter destinations,” Fair Grounds racing secretary Scott Jones said. “With daily purses expected to noticeably increase and a strong stakes schedule, we are looking extremely forward to the 2022-23 Thoroughbred racing season.”

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Leading Owner Brittlyn Stables Ends Season with a Bang
Evelyn Benoit & trainer Jose Camejo win two stakes on closing day

(New Orleans, Louisiana – Sunday, March 27, 2022) – In a banner season that saw her top the owner’s standings with 22 wins, eight more than her closest pursuer Allied Racing Stables, Evelyn Benoit’s Brittlyn Stables won a pair of $75,000 stakes on closing day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. She took the Page Cortez Memorial with Ova Charged, and fittingly, the Star Guitar with a son of that stallion, Behemah Star. Both horses are trained by Jose Camejo.

All 22 of Benoit’s meet wins were by horses sired by Star Guitar, whom she stands at Clear Creek Stud in Louisiana for $7,500 per live foal. With 27 wins from 100 starts, Camejo finished seventh in the trainer’s standings.

In the Page Cortez, which is named for the longtime Louisiana senator, the .60-1 favorite Ova Charged, dominated from start to finish. In what was her turf debut and first start since her Louisiana Champions Day victory in the Ladies Sprint on December 11, the 4-year-old daughter of Star Guitar was pressed early by Offspring through early fractions of 22.47 and 46.46. She put that foe away at the top of the stretch and was not menaced thereafter, stopping the timer in 1:04.44 for 5 ½ furlongs on firm turf with the rails down, even jumping a shadow in the stretch along the way. Defeated by seven lengths, Offspring held off Snowball by a nose for second.

It was the third consecutive win and fifth in six starts for Ova Charged, with her only defeat coming behind Super Sensational in the Victory Ride (G3) last summer at Belmont. The career bankroll now stands a $219,600.

One race later, Behemah Star scored a mild upset at 9.30-1 in the Star Guitar for Brittlyn Stables and Camejo, defeating a pair of Allied Racing Stable runners in Highland Creek and .90-1 favorite Who Took the Money. Earlier in the day, Chester Thomas (Allied Racing Stable) scored a stakes win of his own with trainer Bret Calhoun, taking the $75,000 Shantel Lanerie Memorial with his homebred Winning Romance.

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Olympiad Cruises to Two-Length Score in New Orleans Classic

4-year-old son of Speightstown continues to progress & impress

New Orleans, LA (March 26, 2022) — Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable and LNJ Foxwoods top older horse Olympiad continued his winning ways at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots with a two-length victory in Saturday’s $500,000 New Orleans Classic (Grade II).

Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott and ridden by Junior Alvarado, Olympiad completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.74, which was just .10 off the track record set by Nates Mineshaft in 2012. In his Mineshaft victory here on February 19, he ran 1:42.01 for 1 1/16th miles, shaving .01 off the previous track record set by Pie In Your Eye way back in 1994.

Promise Keeper and Tyler Gaffalione inherited the early lead from the rail while Olympiad tracked about two lengths behind in second. Promise Keeper was kept unchallenged in front through three-quarters of a mile while completing quarter-mile fractions of :23.69, :47.25 and 1:11.45. At the 3/16ths pole, Olympiad handily took over the proceedings from the tiring leader and was able to hold sway a late challenge by Proxy for a comfortable two-length win.

“I knew this horse could handle the distance perfectly fine,” Alvarado said. “I was just a passenger. Bill Mott has done an amazing job with this horse, I’m just glad to be on him.”

Olympiad was the 3-5 favorite and returned $3.20, $2.60 and $2.10. Proxy, under Brian Hernandez Jr., paid $3.80 and $2.60. Promise Keeper was able to hold third and returned $2.20.

With his win, 4-year-old Olympiad improved his record to 8-5-1-1 with purse earnings of $648,440. Olympiad is a son of Speightstown out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Tokyo Time. He was bred in Kentucky by Emory Hamilton.

Super Stock, Happy American and Chess Chief completed the order of finish in the New Orleans Classic.

New Orleans Classic Quotes

Junior Alvarado, jockey of Olympiad (1st): “I knew this horse could handle the distance perfectly fine. I was just a passenger. Bill Mott has done an amazing job with this horse, I’m just glad to be on him. My horse left running and put into a good spot. If no one wanted the lead he could’ve taken the lead but this way he had a target and worked out great.”

Bill Mott, trainer of Olympiad (1st): “This horse showed a lot of talent as a 2-year-old and we dealt with some frustrating injuries that set him back as a 3-year-old. When we got the opportunity to stretch out he really showed he could handle the distance. That’s the fun of it as the distances get longer how he can handle things. He’s taken great steps so far. We’ve won a Grade 3 and Grade 2 with him so far so we’d like to get a Grade 1 under his belt. He’s a very well-bred colt and could make a nice stallion prospect one day but we will worry about that for another day and let him do his talking on the racetrack first.”

 


Two Emmys Takes Them All the Way in Muniz Memorial Classic

English Channel gelding wins for the third time on Fair Grounds Turf

Wolfe Racing and Hugh Robertson’s front-running Two Emmys secured a comfortable lead shortly after the break and led the field gate to wire in the 30th running of the $300,000 Muniz Memorial (G2) presented by Horse Racing Nation at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Ridden by the meet’s leading jockey James Graham and trained by Robertson, Two Emmys completed 1 1/8 miles on firm turf course with the rails down in 1:49.83.

The speedy Two Emmys was unchallenged for the entire 1 1/8-mile journey in the Muniz with quarter-mile fractions of :25.94, :49.83 and 1:13.70. Favored Santin (2-1) tracked the early fractions of Two Emmys but when Graham asked his partner at the top of the Fair Grounds’ stretch, the duo opened a two-length lead and were unable to be caught.

Two Emmys returned $13.20, $6.60 and $4. Santin, under Tyler Gaffalione, paid $3.80 and $3.20. Cavalry Charge, with Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle, finished third and returned $4.60.

This was Two Emmys’ fifth lifetime victory through 20 starts. His lifetime earnings were boosted to $765,708.

Sacred Life (FR) finished fourth followed in order by Devamani (FR), Forty Under, Captivating Moon, Another Mystery and Peacock Kitten.

Muniz Memorial Quotes

James Graham, jockey of Two Emmys (1st): “He broke sharp today. I squeezed him a little bit to go. I thought (Calvary Charge) would go a little bit but he broke slow. I let him lope along and he quickened down the stretch very nicely.”

Hugh Robertson, trainer of Two Emmys (1st): “He likes it down here. I don’t know why he ran a bad one last time (7th in Fair Grounds) but everyone’s due a mulligan. I knew it was over when he got into the turn and James never let him run. He’ll run all day if they let him gallop along.”

 

 

She Can’t Sing Scores Her Second Consecutive Stakes Upset in the Tom Benson Memorial

Bernardini mare has become a new mare since returning to two turns

Lothenbach Stable’s She Can’t Sing made a bold three-wide rally in the far turn and held off the late rally of come-backing Gam’s Mission for a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Tom Benson Memorial at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Trained by Chris Block, She Can’t Sing completed 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:44.21 under Jareth Loveberry.

In the early stages of the race, I Hear You and jockey Reylu Gutierrez were able to get a comfortable lead on the field of nine fillies and mares. The duo galloped through opening quarter-mile fractions of :24.18 and :50.02. Around the far turn, Loveberry tipped She Can’t Sing three-wide and made a bold rally passed tiring I Hear You. In deep stretch, graded stakes winner Gam’s Mission rallied between horses but was unable to reel in She Can’t Sing.

She Can’t Sing, the winner of last month’s Albert M. Stall Memorial at 24-1 in what was her first try around two-turns after 19 previous sprints, paid $20.60, $8.80 and $5.60 for her victory. Gam’s Mission, with Adam Beschizza in the boot, returned $4.60 and $3.40 while Clara Peeters (GB) and Mitchell Murrill paid $5.80.

Lake Lucerne completed the superfecta and was followed by Russian Mafia, Hendy Woods, Lovely Ride, I Hear You and Miss Tulsa.

She Can’t Sing earned $60,000 for her win in the Tom Benson Memorial, which improved her earnings to $471,938. She has an overall record of 28-6-6-4. She was bred in Kentucky by her owners.

Tom Benson Memorial Quotes

Jareth Loveberry, jockey of She Can’t Sing (1st): “Riding the turf early today I thought it was more firm than earlier in the week. She was aggressive on the bit today. I just let her gradually get into gear. I had such a tight hold on her early. Turning for home I was just able to pick it up with her.”

Chris Block, trainer of She Can’t Sing (1st): “The last time she ran (in the Al Stall Memorial) was just a shot to see what she’d do around two-turns. I got a little frustrated with the sprints running against top horses like Elle Z and Change of Control, so I tried two turns. I just told my crew what to do and they simply got it done. The credit goes to them. This is maybe a new life for her.”

 

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The “Center” of Attention
Epicenter’s decisive Louisiana Derby win puts an exclamation point on an exceptional Fair Grounds campaign

(New Orleans, Louisiana – Saturday, March 26, 2022) – Steve Asmussen has wintered at Fair Grounds for over 25 years. The sport’s all-time winningest trainer had won both the $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) three times each, but never both on the same day – until Saturday.

Epicenter fulfilled that prophecy winning the Louisiana Derby with aplomb by 2-½-lengths over a determined Zozos – 32 minutes after stablemate Echo Zulu remained undefeated in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).

It was an epic day for owner Ron Winchell who owns Epicenter and shares ownership of Echo Zulu with L and N Racing LLC.

“Very satisfying day for sure,” Asmussen said after sweeping the last two graded stakes races. “Epicenter has made some great progress over the winter here. He’s done so well over the surface which has aided in his physical development. I just love the opportunity afforded to us with the series of races they have here.”

Epicenter leaves the Fair Grounds season winning three of the four track’s events for his division. He finished off his 2-year-old season with a dominant win in the inaugural Gun Runner Stakes. He followed that up with a hard-luck second, beaten a nose by Call Me Midnight in the Lecomte (G3) in January. He returned to the winner’s circle in front-running fashion in a very competitive edition of the Risen Star (G2). Those combined efforts launched the son of Not This Time to the top of the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 164 points.

With the $600,000 share of the winner’s purse, Epicenter became a newly-minted millionaire. He will forge ahead to Churchill Downs with a gaudy 6-4-1-0 record and $1,010,639 in earnings.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Epicenter proved rateable after winning two races here in front-running fashion. Drawn outside in the sixth post position, Epicenter broke alertly but was beaten into the first turn by Zozos who rolled to the front end in 23.27, 47.35, and 1:11.69 for six furlongs. Epicenter backed off allowing Pioneer of Medina room to chase Zozos entering the stretch. Rosario pointed his colt for daylight in the stretch powering his way past rivals to win by 2-½ lengths in 1:54.38 for a mile and three-sixteenths.

“He took a little dirt today and he didn’t mind it,” Rosario said. “I shifted him out and he did the rest. Not only is he a nice horse, but he also tries very hard. He was off the pace today and inside of horses. It seems like he can be special. The way he did it today, the mile and a quarter shouldn’t be a problem. We will see what happens.”

Making his stakes debut for Barry and Joni Butzow, Zozos held off some late challengers to earn second and more importantly 50 points securing his spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby. Pioneer of Medina, shipping for the third time this meet, picked up 20 more points giving him 25 total points as of now. Rattle N Roll finished fourth, earning 10, and now has 20 points.

Galt, Call Me Midnight, Kupuna, Curly Tail and Silent Power rounded out the finish.

“No shame in that effort at all,” Geroux said of Zozos. “That was only his third start and he ran very well. He was digging in late to hold off all challengers. That’s what you like to see.”

Trainer Brad Cox echoed his rider’s words.

“We let him run away from there and establish position,” Cox said. “I was happy with the layout of the race. Maybe a touch quick, but these are good horses and that’s what they do. He stayed on well down the lane. If we choose to go forward to the (Kentucky) Derby he’ll get a lot out of this to propel him forward and that’s what he’ll need to take that path.”

The Louisiana Derby victory was the fourth for Asmussen and the second time Winchell and Asmussen teamed up to win this race following Gun Runner’s score in 2016.

 

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The Champ Answers the Bell in the Fair Grounds Oaks
2-year-old queen Echo Zulu wins a narrow decision in her sophomore debut

 

(New Orleans, Louisiana – Saturday, March 26, 2022) – The Champ is back, but she had to go 15 rounds to remain undefeated and the decision was a narrow one.

In what was her first taste of competition in 4 ½ months, L and N Racing LLC and Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Echo Zulu used her inside post position to establish an early advantage and had just enough in the tank late to resist a fast-charging Hidden Connection, winning the $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) on Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots by a diminishing nose.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, the Gun Runner first-crop filly kept her undefeated record (five for five) intact stopping the clock in 1:42.69 for 1-1/16-miles on a fast main track. Hidden Connection just missed the money finishing 2-¼-lengths better than Florida shipper Favor in third.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Echo Zulu dictated terms from the one-hole cruising to the front end in 23.79, 47.68, and 1:11.70. Rosario set her down inside the sixteenth pole and the champion wouldn’t be denied holding off Hidden Connection by a diminishing nose.

“She got a little tired, but she got the job done,” Rosario said. “She’s a tremendous horse. She’s a fighter and she likes to run.”

Echo Zulu was pounded at the windows returning $2.20 as the 1-to-9 win odds-on favorite. The bay filly earned 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks and should waltz into Churchill Downs as the favorite.

A three-time grade one winner at age two, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filles (G1) at Del Mar in November, Echo Zulu arrived at Fair Grounds in January and Asmussen was in no real rush to get her ready. She progressed forwardly in her works the next several weeks, and Asmussen was pleased enough to give her a go on Saturday.

“She barely made the race and barely won the race, right?” a coy Asmussen said. “I can’t say enough about how proud I am for her. Her 2-year-old season, with three Grade I wins, was a big ask of her. We gave her a necessary break. She came back looking well and she narrowly proved the best.”

Echo Zulu increased her earnings to $1.72 million from only five career starts. It was Asmussen’s fourth win in the Fair Grounds Oaks, and two of those fillies, Summerly in 2005 and Untapable in 2014, went on to capture the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Since 1997 eight Fair Grounds Oaks winners have returned to win the Kentucky Oaks, with Untapable being the most recent.

“It was a very emotional win because of how much the filly means to us,” Asmussen said. “It was a beautiful win with her here at Fair Grounds. The surface got her in this position. We will head to Churchill to prepare for the next one.”

Owned by Hidden Brook Farm’s and Black Type Thoroughbred, Hidden Connection broke alertly from post six under Reylu Gutierrez tracking the favorite throughout never more than two lengths behind. At the sixteenth pole Hidden Connection started closing closer to Echo Zulu on the outside but ran out of room just before the wire.

“Tip your hat to Echo Zulu, she was coming off a layoff and I thought we had a little advantage on her,” Calhoun said. “I was hoping she’d have to deal with a little more pace pressure than what she did. I thought Reylu was forced to move a little early and wide to give her a chance to win. And she did everything but win.”

Favor, making her stakes debut for Stonestreet Stable and trainer Todd Pletcher, collected 20 points for the Kentucky Oaks. he was followed by Rachel Alexandra (G2) winner Turnerloose. Sequist and Bernabreezy rounded out the running order in the six-horse field.

 

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Statebreds Outrun their Odds in the Crescent City Derby, Oaks, and Costa Rising

Cosmic Train Holds Off More Memories To Win Crescent City Derby Thriller

 

New Orleans, LA (March 26, 2022) — Delanie Calais Jr.’s Cosmic Train, under jockey James Graham, made a bold rally to the inside of More Memories to win a thrilling rendition of the 50th running of the $75,000 Crescent City Derby.

Cosmic Train, conditioned by Jerry Delhomme completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.78.

In the early stages of the Crescent City Derby, Jack Bob and Larry took command of the field into the first turn but was soon passed by Bind Faith, who established command after a quarter-mile in :23.43. Soon after Bind Faith completed a half-mile in :47.32, Jack Bob and Larry began to re-pressure the lone leader. Meanwhile, Cosmic Train and More Memories began their rally to the front and quickly passed the tiring pacesetters. Inside the 1/16 pole, Cosmic Train and More Memories spurted clear from the field and battled to the wire where the Delhomme trainee held on for a head victory.

Cosmic Train returned mutuel payoffs of $26.40, $8.20 and $4.60. More Memories, with Joel Rosario, paid $3.20 and $2.80. Jack Bob and Larry, under Jorge Guzman, gamely held third and paid $5.60.

Tambourine Star closed for fourth followed by Play Mo, Its Wild Again, Fiesty Fist, Vodka Gimlet, Bind Faith and Illtellyouthefacts.

Cosmic Train earned $45,000 for his victory and boosted his career record to 4-3-0-0.

Cosmic Train is a son of Klimt out of the Any Given Saturday mare Cosmic Emergency. He was bred in Louisiana by Coteau Grove Farms.

 

Crescent City Derby Quotes:

James Graham, jockey of Cosmic Train(1st): “I just let my horse get settled early in the race. I could see the leaders going at it and I was able to rally past them late..”

Jerry Delhomme (1st): “It was a thrilling win to all of us and special to the owner. This horse has been great to us so far.”

 

DREAMING OF NEANY RALLIES LATE TO WIN THE 17TH RUNNING OF $75,000 CRESCENT CITY OAKS

New Orleans, LA (March 26, 2022) — Steve Landry, John Duvielih and Earl and Keith Hernandez’ Dreaming of Neany boldy split horses in mid-stretch under jockey Marcelino Pedroza Jr. to overtake 63-1 longshot Courtly Doc to win the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks by one-length.

Dreaming of Neany, named in honor of trainer Sam David Jr.’s late wife, covered the 1 mile and 70 yard Crescent City Oaks in 1:44.05.

Even-money favorite Serape was sent to the early lead under Brian Hernandez Jr. and settled through an opening quarter-mile fraction in :23.29. Following a half-mile in :47.07, Serape received pressure on the lead by longshot Courtly Doc and Miss Jana. Around the far turn, Dreaming of Neany began to make her move closer to the leaders after tracking in fourth through the early stages of the race. At the eighth-pole, Dreaming of Neany was able to rally past a tiring Serape and grudgingly got by Courtly Doc for a one-length score.

Dreaming of Neany rewarded her backers with $2 mutuel payouts of $19.60, $8,80 and $5.60. Courtly Doc and Alexander Castillo returned $42.80 and $17.40. Bode’s Connection, ridden by Emmanuel Nieves, rallied for third and returned $18.80.

Dreaming of Neany is a 3-year-old chestnut filly by Distorted Humor out of the Heatseeker (IRE) mare Hot Tempo. She was bred in the Bayou State by her owners.

Mishpachah finished fourth followed by Wholelottamo, Miss Jana, My Nanny’s a Hoot, Serape and Buckley Bunny.

 

Crescent City Oaks Quotes:

Marcelino Pedroza Jr., jockey of Dreaming of Neany (1st): “She broke OK but we were a little wide in first turn. After that we were able to save all ground. She just took me there and I just had to be patient. I knew when a hole opened she would have energy left to give me in the stretch.”

Sam David Jr., trainer of Dreaming of Neany (1st): “She’s got a special place in our heart. The owners named her after my late wife, who died suddenly a few years ago. She’s a great filly. She her first start going 6 ½ furlongs. We ran her back sprinting but the further she goes the better she gets.”

 

 

Yankee Seven’s Third Costa Rising is the Charm

L and G Racing’s former $25,000 claim Yankee Seven rallied past pacesetting Bertie’s Galaxy to win Saturday’s 12th running of the Costa Rising Stakes at Fair Grounds.

Trained by Eduardo Ramirez and ridden by Marcelino Pedroza Jr., Yankee Seven completed the 5 ½ furlong turf dash in 1:03.78. It was Pedroza’s second stakes victory Saturday afternoon after winning aboard Dreaming of Neany in the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks.

Bertie’s Galaxy was hustled out of the starting gate by jockey Jareth Loveberry to secure a lone lead through a swift opening fraction of :22.31. Yankee Seven tracked just off the lead of Bertie’s Galaxy until the far turn when Pedroza began his charge. Following a half-mile clocking of :45.71, Yankee Seven was able to rally alongside Bertie’s Galaxy and drew clear inside the 1/16th pole for a two-length victory.

It was 4 ¾ lengths back to Alterana followed by Hail State, X Clown, Custom Deelite, Swot Analysis, Half Again, A Song for Arch, Classy John, Smooth Colliery and Jake the Band Man.

Yankee Seven returned $12.80, $6.20 and $4.60. Bertie’s Galaxy paid $5 and $4 while Alterana returned $9.

Yankee Seven is a 6-year-old gelded son of Yankee Gentleman out of the War Front mare Real Peace. Yankee Seven was bred in the Pelican State by his former trainer Steve Margolis along with Wahl & Assoc., George Messina and Kerima Haddad.

With his victory in the Costa Rising, Yankee Seven improved his career mark to 24-6-3-2 with earnings of $216,950.

 

Costa Rising Quotes

Marcelino Pedroza Jr., jockey of Yankee Seven (1st): “That was the plan. The trainer told me if you put him a length behind in turn you can see who can run faster turning to home. And we did. I want to thank my wife (Rocio) and kids (Rosie and Jeremy) for always supporting me. They’re not here with me today but they are watching for home. Thanks to everyone for the support this meet.”

 

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Trio of Stakes on Sunday’s Closing Day Card
Early first post of 12:10 p.m. CT for the 12-race program


(New Orleans, Louisiana – Friday, March 25, 2022) – On the heels of Saturday’s Louisiana Derby Day program, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots closes the curtains on the 2021-2022 season on Sunday with a 12-race card featuring a trio of added-money events. There will be an early first post of 12:10 p.m. CT.

Race 10 – The $75,000 Shantel Lanerie, 1 mile 70 yards, Louisiana-bred fillies & mares, 4yo &up.

Familiar foes Net a Bear (2-1 morning line favorite), Fort Polk (5-2) and Winning Romance (3-1) and six others travel two turns on dirt. Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro’s Net a Bear is perfect from three starts this year for trainer Allen Landry, and victory on Saturday would boost her career earnings over the $600,000 mark.

Race 11 – The $75,000 Page Cortez, 5 ½ furlongs turf, Louisiana-bred fillies & mares, 3yo&up.

Leading owner Brittlyn Stables’ Ova Charged is slated to make her grass debut as the 6-5 favorite for trainer Jose Camejo. The 4-year-old daughter of Star Guitar hasn’t raced since scoring a hard fought victory over the equally classy Cilla in the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies’ Sprint on December 11. Among her six foes, Offspring (7-2) and Fame Feather (4-1) appear to be the main competition.

Race 12 – The $75,000 Star Guitar, 1 1/16 miles, Louisiana-bred fillies & mares, 4yo&up.

In a field of 14, Allied Racing Stables and trainer Bret Calhoun hold a pair of aces in Who Took the Money (9-5) and Highland Creek (7-2). Scratched from the Edward Johnston Memorial last month when he flipped in the gate, Who Took the Money was won a pair of turf races this meet in visually impressive fashion, but he’s also perfect from four lifetime starts on fast dirt.

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Two Stakes Wins in and Thirsty For More: Vodka Gimlet Looks to Extend Perfect 3-Year-Old Season in Crescent City Derby

 

2021 LTBA 2-year-old colt of the year Unified Report returns to the two-turns question

New Orleans, LA (March 23, 2022) — Not much separates the top contenders in the 50th running of the $75,000 Crescent City Derby. In a field of eleven 3-year-old colts and geldings set to run 1 1/16 mile at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, eight of them are exiting a win, eight of them have earned between $35,000 and $65,000, and seven of them have proven themselves around two turns. But three stand-outs have the accolades, earnings, and resume which will keep the rest of the field in tune to their whereabouts as the race for the top Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds unfolds. Based on their resumes, Vodka Gimlet, Unified Report, and More Memories have earned the targets on their backs.

Ellen Epstein’s Vodka Gimlet has enjoyed a perfect sophomore season to this point, winning Delta Down’s Big Drama and Premier Prince in his two 2022 starts. The son of Goldencents has won three races, earned $147,645, and finished ahead of Rebel (G2) winner Un Ojo as a 2-year-old in the Jean Lafitte. Tabbed as the 3-1 morning line favorite, Vodka Gimlet has never been sent out as public choice in any of his seven races. After piloting in both stakes scores, trainer Allen Landry calls on jockey Tommy Pompell to ride from post seven.

Following a perfect 2021 campaign from three starts, Valene Farms’ Unified Report earned LTBA’s top 2-year-old Louisiana-bred colt honors. Among those tallies was a thrilling Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile score at six furlongs. Trainer Dallas Stewart took a shot against open company with his Unified colt in the Lecomte (G3), but that two-turn, 14-length loss as well as his Premier Prince 16-length defeat begs the obvious question — distance. Winner of his last, a March 12 open company optional claiming sprint at Fair Grounds, Unified Report certainly has form and the two-turn question will be in Brian Hernandez, Jr.’s hands, breaking from post nine.

As a Triple Crown nominee, Maggi Moss’ More Memories has the stamp of a 3-year-old’s loftiest expectations. Winner of three of his last four tries at two turns, trainer Tom Amoss has been patient with this More Than Ready colt, running him through his allowance conditions. Impressively beating older state-breds last out attracted the attention of the 2021 Eclipse award-winning jockey Joel Rosario, who will leave from post six to take aim at More Memories’ first stakes score.

The field for the $75,000 Crescent City Derby (race 5 at 2:02 pm CT) with post position, jockey/trainer and morning line odds: Whispering Oaks Farm’s Feisty Fist (post one, Kevin Smith/Steve Flint, 8-1 ML), exits five sprint stakes races, including the September win in Evangeline Downs’ D.S. Shine Young Futurity win in the mud; Set-Hut’s Play Mo (post two, Colby Hernandez/Jeff Delhomme, 12-1 ML), recently won a first-level allowance last out on March 16, his first go at two turns; meet-leading owner Brittlyn Stables’ Tambourine Star (post three, Tyler Gaffalione/Jose Camejo, 12-1 ML), goes for his second win after finishing third in his first two attempts at two turns this spring; C and R Racing’s Its Wild Again (post four, Adam Beschizza/Ron Faucheux, 12-1 ML), broke his maiden going two turns last out on second asking; Delanie Calais Jr.’s Cosmic Train (post five, James Graham/Jerry Delhomme, 10-1 ML), took a big step up beating two in this field in early March’s first-level allowance going 1 mile; Maggi Moss’s Triple Crown nominee More Memories (post six, Joel Rosario/Tom Amoss, 5-1 ML), scored his third win against older company in a second-level allowance early March; Ellen Epstein’s Vodka Gimlet (post seven, Tommy Pompell/Allen Landry, 3-1), exits two stakes victories in a row; Dennis Milligan’s Jack Bob and Larry (post eight, Jorge Guzman/Henry Johnson Jr., 8-1 ML), broke his maiden sprinting last out on second asking; Valene Farms’ Unified Report (post nine, Brian Hernandez Jr./Dallas Stewart, 4-1 ML) was voted LTBA’s 2021 2-year-old Colt of the year and he notched his fourth win in six tries last out against open optional claiming company; Dale Ladner’s Bind Faith (post ten, Emanuel Nieves/Brett Brinkman, 12-1 ML), broke his maiden going two turns two races back, then finished fourth to foes Cosmic Train and Tambourine Star last out; Run Bayou Racing’s Itellyouthefacts (post eleven, Roberto Morales/Shane Wilson, 12-1 ML), will make his first start for Shane Wilson after being claimed for $20,000 from his front-running score last out for trainer Bret Calhoun.


Living In the Money: Front Runner Serape Puts It on the Line in Crescent City Oaks
Wholelottamo will look to run the front runner down late to win her thirds stakes

 

Seven of the nine fillies entered in the 17th running of the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks have their confidences boosted by last-out wins, but none won more impressively than Serape.

Eight-for-eight in the money, Harry Benoit’s Serape made the most of her 3-year-old debut, leading from go to woe to win by 8 ½ lengths. In winning against two of her Crescent City Oaks foes in a second-level allowance, she recorded the highest Brisnet Speed Figure of the field with an 89. With the deja vu rail draw/Brian Hernandez Jr. advantage, arguably Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ top forward rider winning 24% of his last 202 races onboard an “E” type, there’s little doubt that Brett Brinkman’s daughter by Cinco Charlie will send and set the fractions. Tabbed the 5-2 morning line favorite, Serape’s three show finishes all came in her three previous juvenile stakes attempts.

Stakes-tested six times over, including the win in August’s Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies, Thompson Racing’s Wholelottamo beat Jerry Cart’s Miss Jana by a head last out in the Take Charge Brandi. But those two stakes wins plus her maiden opener isn’t enough to earn morning-line favorite status, being designated 3-1 morning line second-favorite, likely because her speed figures fall short of the speed Serape just flashed in her recent win. Tommy Pompell will have his second go aboard the Mo Tom filly breaking from post five.

The field for the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks (race 3 at 1:00 pm CST) with post position, jockey/trainer and morning line odds: Harry Benoit’s Serape (post one, Brian Hernandez Jr./Brett Brinkman, 5-2 ML), is two-for-two going two turns after winning a first-level allowance by 8 ½ lengths last out at Fair Grounds in February; Jerry Cart and Marion Lanasa Jr’s Courtly Doc (post two, Alexander Castillo/Jerry Cart, 12-1 ML), is six-for-six in the money after winning her last two Delta Downs sprints in the mud; the second entry for owner and trainer Jerry Cart, Miss Jana (post three, Jose Guerrero/Jerry Cart, 5-1 ML), was a head short of winner Wholelottamo in the Take Charge Brandi last out; Earl and Keith Hernandez, John Duvieilh, and Steve Landry’s Dreaming of Neany (post four, Marcelino Pedroza, Jr./Sam David Jr., 6-1 ML), recorded her second win going a mile against first-level allowance company last out; Thompson Racing’s Wholelottamo (post five, Tommy Pompell/Jayde Gelner, 3-1 ML), racked up her second stakes victory last out beating Miss Jana by a head in the Take Charge Brandi; Phyllis Hodges’ Bode’s Connection (post six, Emanuel Nieves/James Hodges, 15-1 ML), broke her maiden against $12,500 claimers last out going two turns in her sixth start; William Yarmuth, Susan Yarmuth, and Coteau Grove Farms’ Mishpachah (post seven, Adam Beschizza/Bret Calhoun, 8-1 ML), goes for her second win having won first time out in November and finishing in the top four her next three outings; Billy Lawson and Jeanne Doi’s My Nanny’s a Hoot (post eight, James Graham/Eric Scherer, 8-1 ML), has two turf wins to her resume, including a last-out score in a first-level allowance going a mile; Whispering Oaks Farms’ Buckley Bunny (post nine, Kevin Smith/Steve Flint, 10-1 ML), upset the apple cart winning the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie at 93.20-1 in December.


Bertie’s Galaxy and Alterna Look to Transfer Dirt Hot Streak to the Costa Rising Turf
Majority of connections taking a green stab with their state-bred sprinters

 

Many of the participants entered in the overflow field of fifteen 3-year-old and up LA-bred turf sprinters for the 12th running of the $75,000 Costa Rising can be similarly summed up in one phrase – unproven on turf. Such uncertainty creates exactly the type of potential chaos that Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ bettors love to feast on, as well as the identity-defining win on which a breeder can hang their sire and dam’s turf-sprint hat. Eight entrants are untried or goose-egged on the turf, five have notched one green win, leaving only two of the fifteen with a trio or more grass scores. With the portable rail down after being set at 8 feet or further since March 3rd, the inside part of the course will be fresh and ready for these sprinters’ rail runs.

They may be unproven on the turf, but many of these sprinters have been scorching hot on the dirt, none more so than Alterana. Owned and trained by Keith Charles, the 5-year-old by Alternation has won seven of his last eight since being claimed by Charles for $5,000 last June. The highlight of the run came two back winning the five-furlong Ragin Cajun on Delta Downs Premier night. Gerald “G Money” Melancon, who won his 5,000th race in 2021, has been up for all but one of Alterana’s mounts while in Charles’ barn (post nine, 8-1 ML).

In a similar fashion, Allen Cassedy’s Bertie’s Galaxy comes blazing into the Costa Rising having won five of his last seven for Fair Grounds’ leading trainer Ron Faucheux. Though all of these have come on the dirt, the Greeley’s Galaxy 6-year-old did score in one of his two turf tries, back in August of 2020. Breaking from post seven, Jareth Loveberry is up again on the 7-2 morning line favorite after guiding the open length wire-to-wire romp in the Premier Sprint at Delta Downs, where Bertie’s Galaxy received a 98 – the highest career Brisnet Speed Figure of anyone in the field.

Three of Valene Farms’ Classy John’s four wins are stakes victories, including last year’s Costa Rising. The Songandaprayer 6-year-old only boasts one win from nine turf tries, but he is grade 2 placed on turf, having run third in the Turf Sprint at Churchill last April the start after his Costa Rising score. Bred by Tom Curtis and Wayne Simpson, Classy John will make his fourth start from Sturges Ducoing’s barn and star-rider Brian Hernandez Jr. who was aboard for the 2021 Costa Rising victory over X Clown will guide 9-2 morning line second-favorite from post two.

The field for the $75,000 Costa Rising at 5 ½ furlongs on turf with the rails down (race 6 at 2:33 pm CT) with post position, jockey/trainer and morning line odds: Israel Flores Horses’ Custom Deelite (post one, Aubrie Green/Andrea Ali, 30-1 ML), took a major step forward last race, winning a second-level, five furlong dirt allowance at Delta Downs by four lengths; Valene Farms’ Classy John (post two, Brian Hernandez, Jr./Sturges Ducoing, 9-2 ML), finished ½ length short against X Clown in a February state-bred optional claimer at Fair Grounds; Set-Hut’s X Clown (post three, James Graham/Jerry Delhomme, 9-2 ML), beat several in the field last out in a February state-bred optional claimer at Fair Grounds; Allen Cassedy and Winalot Racing’s Half Again (post four, Florent Geroux/Ron Faucheux, 8-1 ML), has been sharp in the mornings but has not raced since September’s 4th place finish in a third-level allowance at Louisiana Downs; Brandon Hebert’s Double Barrel Man (post five, Joel Dominguez/Eduardo Ramirez, 15-1 ML), is a 12-time winning 9-year-old making his second start for trainer Ramirez, having won his last outing at Delta Downs against $20,000 claiming company; Dale White Sr.’s Smooth Colliery (post six, Casey Fusilier/Dale White, Sr., 20-1 ML), a 7-year-old looking for win number ten, but he is 0 for 7 on the turf; Allen Cassedy’s Bertie’s Galaxy (post seven, Jareth Loveberry/Ron Faucheux, 7-2 ML), has won five of his last seven races, including last out’s Premier Sprint stakes score on the Delta Downs dirt track, but is only one for two on turf; Larry and Katherine Menard’s A Song for Arch (post eight, Adam Beschizza/Brett Brinkman, 8-1 ML), a turf specialist who tops the filed with five turf sprint wins, including two-back at Fair Grounds over X Clown and Classy John; owned and trained by Keith Charles, Alterana (post nine, Gerald Melancon, 8-1 ML), has won five in a row including the Premier Ragin Cajun two back on the Delta Downs dirt track, but is 0 for 3 on the turf; World War IV Racing’s Hail State (post ten, Joe Stokes/Allen Landry, 12-1 ML), has performed well on the turf, winning and placing over the summer at Evangeline Downs in his only two attempts; owned and trained by Jonah Fuselier, Jake the Band Man (post eleven, Jose Riquelme, 15-1), adds blinkers going for his fourth turf sprint win after finishing third to X Clown and Classy John in a February state-bred optional claimer at Fair Grounds; Land G Racing Stable’s Yankee Seven (post twelve, Marcelino Pedroza Jr./Eduardo Ramirez, 8-1 ML), won his last outing sprinting on Sam Houston’s turf course against second-level allowance foes. Also eligibles include: Treanor MD’s Black Sword (post thirteen, Vicente Del-Cid/Ronnie Averett, 10-1 ML), makes his second turf start after winning Delta Downs optional claiming dirt contest last out; D.J. Stable, Cash is King and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Swot Analysis (post fourteen, Tyler Gaffalione/Mark Casse, 6-1 ML), took a major step forward winning a state-bred optional claiming dirt sprint at Fair Grounds by open lengths last out; Gulf Heaven Farms’ Slither (post fifteen, Emanuel Nieves/Ronnie Ward, 12-1 ML), looks to try turf for the first time after exiting a game place-finish to Black Sword in a February Delta Downs optional claiming dirt contest.

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109th LOUISIANA DERBY PROMISES FOOD AND FUN DURING THE SIGNATURE RACE DAY OF FAIR GROUNDS 150TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON


NEW ORLEANS (Monday, March 21, 2022) – With the culmination of its 150th Thoroughbred racing season, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has set the stage for an amazing day of the highest quality horse racing in the country and an enjoyable social experience. A strong field of nine 3-year-old Kentucky Derby® hopefuls has been entered for Saturday’s 109th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (Grade II) presented by Twinspires.com. In addition to the purse money, the top four finishers will earn coveted points (100-40-20-10) on the road to the 148th Kentucky Derby® (Grade I) presented by Woodford Reserve®, to be run Saturday, May 7th at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

“This year has been very special to us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the track. We are very excited to welcome fans back to enjoy the racing of the Louisiana Derby which continues to be one of the most popular and historical events that New Orleans has to offer. The talent that will be on display by our jockey team as well as the Thoroughbreds is unparalleled in our state.” said President of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Doug Shipley.

In addition, the $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II) will offer the same number of points enroute to the Longines® Kentucky Oaks (Grade I). The Fair Grounds Oaks features the return of the undefeated champion two-year old filly of 2021, Echo Zulu, who is the current favorite for the Longines Kentucky Oaks. Other graded stakes on the 12-race program include the New Orleans Handicap (Grade II) and the Mervin H. Muniz, Jr. Memorial Classic presented by Horse Racing Nation (Grade II). First post for Louisiana Derby Day program is 12:00 p.m. CDT, one hour earlier than the typical 1:05 p.m. CDT first go.

Culminating with the $1 million Louisiana Derby presented by Twinspires.com (scheduled post time 5:44 p.m. CDT), the quartet of Grade II stakes will be run consecutively (races 9-12) and comprise a $500,000 guaranteed All Stakes Pick Five.

Food and Fun
Experience the fan favorite of Fair Grounds Corn beef and Cabbage or visit local fare by food truck vendors on the apron featuring: Copelands, Diva Dawg, The Gourmet Snack and Sneaux LA will be near the apron providing snowballs.
Messina’s will be proving their award winning buffet services in both the Club House dining room as well as the Black Gold room for table reservations.

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• Entertainment
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Admission and Valet Parking
• Grandstand and the Derby Day Tent Experience General Admission is $5. Clubhouse admission is $20. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free to all areas. Clubhouse dining reservations and daily Box rentals are sold out, however, general seating is available in both the clubhouse and grandstand area on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• Special Event Valet Parking prices are in effect for the day. Regular valet parking is $20 and Premium Valet Parking is $30.

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Olympiad (NO Classic), Sacred Life (Muniz Memorial Classic) & Hendy Woods (Tom Benson Memorial) Favored in Louisiana Derby Day Supporting Stakes

 

Run as race 8 of 12 on Saturday’s Louisiana Derby Day card (first post at noon CT), the Tom Benson Memorial will launch Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ “All Stakes Late Pick Five” with a $500,000 guaranteed pool. The remainder of the races in the sequence are the New Orleans Classic (G2) as race 9, the Muniz Memorial Classic (G2) presented by Horse Racing Nation as race 10, the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) as race 11, and the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) as the 12th and final.


Olympiad Eyes Fair Grounds Stakes Double in New Orleans Classic

Bill Mott-trained colt set a new track record in Mineshaft win

 

(New Orleans, Tuesday, March 22, 2022) – Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable and LNJ Foxwoods’ classy 4-year-old colt Olympiad is set to return to Fair Grounds from his South Florida base as the 8-5 favorite in Saturday’s 97th running of the $500,000 New Orleans Classic (G2).

Run at 1 1/8 miles, the New Orleans Classic was carded as Race 9 of 12 with a post time of 4:08 p.m. (all times Central). First post Saturday is noon.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott and ridden by Junior Alvarado, Olympiad cruised to a 2 ¼-length score in the $250,000 Mineshaft (G3) last month at Fair Grounds, stopping the timer in 1:42.01 for 1 1/16th miles and shaving .01 off the previous track record set by Pie In Your Eye way back in 1994. The bay son of Speightstown has only finished worse than second once in his seven race career – a troubled fourth-place finish in last year’s $750,000 Cigar Mile (GI). Olympiad and Alvarado will break from post two.

“That’s the kind of horse that makes your work very easy,” Alvarado said following the Mineshaft. “He leaves the gate, you nudge him a little bit, and he takes you for a nice ride the whole way. The longer stretch (at Fair Grounds) helped him today. He’s a horse that needs more than a 1/16th mile stretch run to pick it up and he proved that today.”

The Godolphin homebred Proxy hopes to build off an impressive comeback win in his 4-year-old debut on February 25 for Mike Stidham. Second in both the Lecomte (G3) and Risen Star (G2) last year, the son of Tapit fell a bit flat in the Louisiana Derby (G2) and the Lexington (G3) at Keeneland, finishing fourth in both. Apparently, the time off to mature did him some good.

“In the mornings he’s a bigger, stronger, better horse now with a little more maturity,” Stidham said. “Last year he’d go out there in the mornings and he wasn’t really interested in working well, but you can see from his tab leading up to this, he is doing things a little different now. He ran with blinkers in his last two starts (last year), but watching those races, we didn’t see where they helped him so we didn’t think twice about taking them off.”

The 5-2 second choice with Brian Hernandez Jr. back aboard, Proxy will break from post 5.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Stidham said. “He’s had three really good works since his last race. He ran against top quality horses last year as a 3-year-old. It’s just a matter of seeing if he’s good enough to compete with the top horses this year, but he’s given me every indication that he can. Given the way he ran in his last race, nine furlongs should absolutely be better than 1 1/16 miles for him. He was very relaxed and came home finishing nicely. I’m very much looking forward to the added distance with him.”

With the champion Echo Zulu and Epicenter favored in the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2), respectively, and Midnight Bourbon set to compete in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan, Saturday could be a monstrous day for trainer Steve Asmussen, who also sends forth Erv Woolsey and brother Keith Asmussen’s Super Stock in the New Orleans Classic. Joel Rosario will ride from post three.

“He’s never raced here but he has worked well here,” Asmussen said. “It’s a good opportunity for him. I didn’t like the trip he got last time (Razorback at Oaklawn). We think he is better than that and we think the change of scenery may just wake him up a little bit. It’s a good race and we are hoping he goes out there and proves us right.”

Trained by Dallas Stewart, Estate of James Coleman’s 2021 New Orleans Classic hero Chess Chief narrowly defeated Owendale to win his first graded stakes. The now 6-year-old horse finished his 5-year-old campaign with a victory in the $100,000 Tenacious Stakes at Fair Grounds prior to a sixth-place effort in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park. All five of his career wins have come at Fair Grounds. Reylu Gutierrez will have the call from post six.

The field for the $500,000 New Orleans Classic (race 9 at 5:44 pm CT) with post position, jockey/trainer and morning line odds: Woodford Thoroughbreds and WinStar Farms’ Promise Keeper (post one, Tyler Gaffalione/Todd Pletcher, 3-1 ML), winner of the Peter Pan (G3) last year as a 3-year-old; Grandview Equine and Cheyenne Stables’ Olympiad (post two, Junior Alvarado/Bill Mott, 8-5 ML); Erv Woolsey and Keith Asmussen’s Super Stock (post three, Joel Rosario/ Steve Asmussen, 8-1 ML); Lothenbach Stables’ Happy American (post four, James Graham/Neil Pessin, 8-1 ML); Godolphin’s Proxy (post five, Brian Hernandez Jr./Mike Stidham, 5-2 ML); Estate of James Coleman’s Chess Chief (post six, Reylu Gutierrez/Dallas Stewart, 8-1 ML).

The New Orleans Classic is part of a tremendous program Saturday at Fair Grounds and is one of eight stakes on the card. The penultimate day of the Fair Grounds season is topped by the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2), which will go as the finale and the $400,000 TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) (Race 11). The other stakes on the card are the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks (Race 3); $75,000 Crescent City Derby (Race 5); $75,000 Costa Rising (Race 6); $100,000 Tom Benson Memorial (Race 8); and $300,000 Muniz Memorial Classic presented by Horse Racing Nation (G2) (Race 10).

Past performances for all of Fair Grounds races are available on www.Brisnet.com and fans can wager on www.TwinSpires.com, the official wagering provider of Churchill Downs Inc.


Chad Brown Holding a Pair of Aces for Muniz Memorial Classic
Turf veterans Sacred Life & Devamani the top two choices in the morning line

 

You won’t find many graded stakes races on the turf around the country without an entry from the Chad Brown barn.

In the case of Saturday’s $300,000 Muniz Memorial Classic (G2) presented by Horse Racing Nation at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Brown hopes that not only longer will be better but also some ageless enthusiasm will prevail.

The East Coast-based conditioner sends a pair of long-toothed, French-bred turf veterans in 7-year-old Sacred Life and 8-year-old Devamani, both of whom have traveled near and far for their connections in search of graded stakes glory.

Brown has tasted success in the Muniz before with 2019 Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar. He also won the 2012 edition with Casino Host and owns a 6-2-1-1 record in this marquee event for older turf horses in New Orleans.

Breaking from post two under Florent Geroux for the first time, Sacred Life was tabbed the 2-1 morning line favorite. Sacred Life has visited the winner’s circle just once in his last eight, with that score coming in the Knickerbocker (G3) in October of last year. In his only start of 2022, the son of Siyouni flew late, but was compromised by a slow pace early, finishing a close sixth behind last year’s Muniz champ Colonel Liam in the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) at Gulfstream.

His stablemate and work partner Devamani comes to the bayou off a pedestrian sixth place finish in the Tampa Bay Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs last month. Devamani (5-2) has shown an affinity for grass courses with some cut in the them, but with rain not forecasted Wednesday through Saturday, the Stall-Wilson turf course should be in firm condition for closing weekend.

Joel Rosario will break from the third post position outside his stablemate in the nine-horse field scheduled to run 1 1 /8 miles on the turf with the rails down.

Vying for favoritism once again will be Godolphin’s homebred Santin (7-2).

Santin was bet down off his 12-1 morning line to the 2.70-to-1 public choice in his 4-year-old debut last month in the Fair Grounds Stakes (G3). The son of Distorted Humor had a compromised trip under Tyler Gaffalione but showed some late interest down the stretch just missing the board. The top four finishers from that race were separated by less than a length.

“He ran well in the Fair Grounds (Stakes) and it will benefit him having a run going into Saturday,” trainer Brendan Walsh said. “He’s been working very well. He’s only run four times. He showed that he could mix it up with those seasoned, older horses. He just has to improve a little to put him right there again, which I think that he has. Chad’s (Brown) two horses look tough, and there are some other proven, seasoned horses in there. It’s going to take my horse another two or three starts to get to the point where they already are. All he lacks is experience. If he can stick right with them now, if he keeps improving, that should put him right up there with the very best turf horses this year.”

The lack of early pace in the favorites’ running lines could be beneficial for the local longshot contingents like Cavalry Charge, Forty Under and Two Emmys, who used his front-running speed last year to a runner-up finish at huge odds.

Cavalry Charge (10-1) gutted out a determined front-running win in the Fair Grounds Stakes (G3) last month. Trainer Dallas Stewart and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. could find themselves on the lead once again in this race.

Recent stakes winners Cavalry Charge, Forty Under and Another Mystery will all carry 122 pounds. The rest of the field is slated to carry 118 pounds.

The field for the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Classic Stakes (G2) presented by Horse Racing Nation (race 10 at 4:40 pm CT) with post position, jockey/trainer and morning line odds: BW and HTS Stables LLC and Jason Grudzien’s Peacock Kitten (post one, Devin Magnon/Rylee Grudzien, 30-1 ML), whose only start on the Stall-Wilson turf course was an off the board finish in starter allowance company; Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC, Wonder Stables and Michael Caruso’s Sacred Life (FR) (post two, Florent Geroux/Chad Brown, 2-1 ML), a pace compromised sixth last time out in the Pegasus Turf Invitational (G1); Michael Dubb, Sanford Goldfarb & Samuel Abraham’s Devamani (FR) (post three, Joel Rosario/Chad Brown, 5-2 ML), off the board last time in the Tampa Bay Stakes (G3); West Point Thoroughbreds, William Sandbrook & Robert Masiello’s Cavalry Charge (post four, Brian Hernandez Jr./Dallas Stewart, 10-1 ML), front-running winner of the Fair Grounds Stakes (G3) last time out; Three Diamond Farm’s Forty Under (post five, Mitchel Murrill/Michael Maker, 10-1 ML), winner of the Colonel E.R. Bradley two starts back at Fair Grounds; Lothenbach Stables’ Captivating Moon (post six, Junior Alvarado/Chris Block, 15-1 ML), sixth in the Muniz last year; Team Block’s Another Mystery (post seven, Jareth Loveberry/Chris Block, 12-1 ML), coming off a dead heat victory in the John B. Connally Stakes (G3) at Sam Houston; Wolfe Racing & Hugh Robertson’s Two Emmys (post eight, James Graham/Hugh Robertson 10-1 ML), second at 24-1 in this race last year; and the Godolphin homebred Santin (post nine, Tyler Gaffalione/Brendan Walsh, 7-2 ML), fourth as the favorite in the Fair Grounds Stakes (G3) last month.


Hendy Woods, Gam’s Mission Bring New Blood Into Benson Memorial
Turf tilt kicks off the “All Stakes” Late Pick Five

The older filly and mare turf division gets some fresh faces for the $100,000 Tom Benson Memorial Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. With the rails down, the Benson will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

Run as race 8 of 12 on Saturday, the Benson will launch the “All Stakes Late Pick Five” with a $500,000 guaranteed pool. The remainder of the races in the sequence are the New Orleans Classic (G2) as race 9, the Muniz Memorial Classic (G2) presented by Horse Racing Nation as race 10, the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) as race 11, and the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) as the 12th and final.

A division which has had a different winner for each race on the Stall-Wilson turf course drew a field of nine this time with newcomer Hendy Woods established as the 5-2 morning line favorite.

Owned by Stonestreet and trained by Mark Casse, Hendy Woods has an affection for the grass in the Crescent City, having broken her maiden first time out before winning an allowance race back in the spring of 2020.

The 5-year-old Uncle Mo mare has recorded seven local drills ahead of her seasonal debut. From post two, she gets the services of Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle.

“She got a good break after the fall at Stonestreet, came back in excellent shape and she’s trained exceptionally well,” said Casse’s assistant trainer David Carroll. “She’s been a nice filly for us and we are looking forward to getting her started back. Timing-wise this is good for her. This is a filly that puts a lot into her training and she gets a lot out of it. Good breezes, good gallop outs, hardly had to blow. Will she improve from this first race? Yes, but she’s ready to run now. I like her draw, Tyler (jockey Gaffalione) knows her inside and out. If she runs like we expect, we will probably get her ready for Churchill. She doesn’t seem to like the Keeneland turf.”

One of her main rivals for this race figures to be Lazy F Ranch’s Gam’s Mission, who will also be returning from a fall freshening for trainer Cherie DeVaux. Last seen in New York where she was a troubled fourth, beaten less than a length, in the Winter Memories, Gam’s Mission started working towards her season debut on Feb. 12.

The Noble Mission filly gets post four under Adam Beschizza for this assignment.

Trainer Brendan Walsh will take his shot with a pair of mid-range price horses in Lake Lucerne (5-1) at the rail and I Hear You (12-1) in the third post position. I Hear You did not get an advantageous trip last time out finishing fourth in the Albert M. Stall Memorial finishing fourth in the nine-horse field.

Owned and bred by Godolphin, Lake Lucerne is in search of some more domestic black type as she heads into her 5-year-old season. She owns a record of 12-3-0-1 on the grass.

She Can’t Sing and Lovely Ride – two recent stakes winners at the meet – share 122 pound high-weight assignments with the rest of the field slated at 118 pounds.

The field for the $100,000 Tom Benson Memorial (race 8 at 3:37 pm CT) with post position, jockey/trainer and morning line odds: Godolphin’s Lake Lucerne (post one, Joel Rosario/Brendan Walsh, 5-1 ML) making her 5-year-old debut; Ismael Thoroughbreds’ Russian Mafia (post two, Santo Sanjur/Eduardo Rodriguez, 12-1 ML), a 16-time starter on the Stall-Wilson turf with four wins; Bradley Thoroughbred & Tim and Anna Cambron and Brady and Zane Carruth’s I Hear You (post three, Reylu Gutierrez/Brendan Walsh, 12-1 ML), looking for her first stakes win; Lazy F Ranch’s Gam’s Mission (post four, Adam Beschizza/Cherie DeVaux, 7-2 ML) broke her maiden in her only start on the Stall-Wilson turf course; Darrin Dares’ Clara Peeters (post five, Mitchell Murrill/Chris Hartman, 10-1 ML) makes her fourth start for her fourth different barn at the meet; Stonestreet Stables’ Hendy Woods (post six, Tyler Gaffalione/Mark Casse, 5-2 ML) undefeated in two starts on the turf course at Fair Grounds; Team Forster 211 LLC’s Miss Tulsa (post seven, James Graham/Grant Forster, 30-1 ML) making her stakes debut; Lothenbach Stables’ She Can’t Sing (post eight, Jareth Loveberry/Chris Block, 6-1 ML) winner of the Albert Stall Memorial in her last start; John Holleman and Lucky Dog Stables’ Lovely Ride (post nine, Florent Geroux/Robertino Diodoro, 9-2 ML) winner of the Pago Hop earlier in the meet as a 3-year-old.

 

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