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New Orleans, La (Jan. 31, 2024) – Thursday’s feature dirt race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is a maiden special weight for 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs. With seven entered, including two homebreds, the combined purchase price for the field is $2,745,000. 

Morning line favoritism goes to Rigney Racing’s Tipsy Tammy (8-5), trained by Phil Bauer. Second on debut on Jan. 1, the $600,000 daughter of Arrogate out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Peggy May could appreciate stretching out, but returns to the distance where she ran a game second to Impel. Drawing the outside post, she will be reunited with Mitchell Murrill.

Drawn to Tipsy Tammy’s immediate inside is the first-time-starter from the Cox barn, Stonestreet Stables’ Upon a Star. Going :48 flat from the gate in her work on Jan. 14 with Just a Touch, the impressive debut winner from Jan. 27’s card, the $295,000 daughter of Munnings will see Florent Geroux climb aboard. Halfway through the meet, backing this trainer and jockey combination has yielded a $2.55 ROI on twelve winners from 31 starts.

Koji Maeda’s Mugen returns for trainer Steve Asmussen after three months away. Bet to favoritism in her first two starts at Churchill Downs this fall, the $1.2 million daughter of Into Mischief finished no better than third in her first three starts. In town from Oaklawn, Keith Asmussen is named to ride Mugen, as well as Tiger Dad in race 6, which will be his first race at Fair Grounds.

Mike Stidham has two entered. Dare to Dream Stable’s $100,000 first-time-starter Laughing Out Loud drew the rail and will be piloted by Jareth Loveberry. Lael Stables’ Bubbling Up, the daughter of the third-place finisher in the 2016 Rachal Alexandra (G2), will break from post 2 with James Graham. The $550,000 Arrogate filly has one race under her belt, having finished second when debuting in August at Colonial Downs.

Two homebreds complete the field, as Charles Fipke’s Justify Perfection will debut for trainer Dallas Stewart, and Allied Racing’s Golden Degree exits the same race as Tipsy Tammy where she dueled with that foe and finished in the back for trainer Bret Calhoun.

Race 8 of ten on Thursday’s card, post time is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. CT and will be included in the $1 Pick 6. With a $3,125 carryover, the sequence also includes three turf contests run with the portable rail at 15 feet, a $25,000 conditional claiming race and a maiden claiming contest restricted to Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds, both with nine entered. 


Lagniappe from Fair Grounds

Nominations for the 81st $100,000 Mardi Gras Stakes close Thursday, Feb. 1. Probables for the 5 1/2 furlong older filly and mare turf sprint include Richard Perkins’ Oeuvre, last out winner of the Nelson J. Menard Memorial, and Brittlyn Stable’s Ova Charged, who if enters would face non-restricted company after her dominant Bob. F. Wright win against fellow Louisiana-breds. Mardi Gras is Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. First post for both Lundi Gras (Feb. 12) and Mardi Gras (Feb. 13) will be 12:45 p.m. CT.

Halfway through the meet, no barn has outperformed its odds better than Mark Casse’s (limited to trainers who have made 20 or more starts). With five victories from 24 runners, betting $2 to win on each yielded a $4.69 ROI. The public continues to sleep on horses trained by Emile Schwandt, and at $2.79 from 6 winners in 27 starts, the barn has the second highest ROI to prove it. After Fleet Frost won at 46-1 on Dec. 29 for Mike Stidham, those faithful to his barn have also shown a solid profit of $2.50 in the win pools from 6 winners in 51 tries.

The live racing program runs from Thursday, Feb.2 through Sunday, Feb. 4. Post time each day is 12:45 p.m. CT. Ten races are carded for both Thursday and Saturday; eight, Friday and Sunday. The Stall-Wilson turf course will have the portable rails set at 15 feet. The $1 Pick 6 (non-jackpot, 15% takeout) went unhit on Sunday, so Thursday’s pool begins with a $3,125 carryover. 


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New Orleans (Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023) – Richard Perkins’s homebred Oeuvre lead at every call in the 79th running of the $100,000 Mardi Gras Stakes to rack up her third stakes win of the meet at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and her fourth in a row dating back to the Powerless at Hawthorne. The 4-year-old Illinois-bred beat seven older fillies and mares by 1 1/2 lengths. 

Piloted by Jareth Loveberry and trained by Chris Block, Oeuvre completed 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.76 over the “firm” Stall Wilson Turf Course with the rail remaining 34 feet out. 

“It’s all her (Oeuvre),” Block said. “She’s mature and has come into her own. She’s really confident and she relaxes nicely. I didn’t give Jareth (Loveberry) any instructions. I just told him good luck and have some fun out there. Congratulations to Mr. Perkins and thank you so much for putting her in our barn.”

Breaking sharpest in the Mardi Gras was Perfect Happiness, but Oeuvre took command in the early stages to set opening fractions of :22.64 and :47.75. Tracking three-wide was New Boss, who swung into the 7 path in the homestretch to pass Perfect Happiness and assume the role of Oeuvre’s main threat. Goin’ Good followed New Boss and both charged home on the outside willingly but could not make up the open-length advantage Oeuvre had built. New Boss finished second by 1 1/2 lengths over Goin’ Good. It was another 1 length back to Astute. 

“There was a little bit more speed to her outside today,” Loveberry said. “She broke comfortably and I didn’t want to get shuffled back too much with the 3 (Astute) sitting inside of me, so I used her a little bit on the backside. She’s able to shut off really easily now as she’s getting more mature and relaxed. When we hit the turn and she switched leads, she dropped the bit and gave me the breath to finish up strong down the lane.”

Perfect Happiness, Miner’s Queen, Minute Waltz, and Aboukir Bay completed the order of finish. 

Oeuvre was sent off the 7-5 favorite and returned $4.80. $3.20, and $2.40. In equaling Surveillance with her third stakes score of the meet, she boosted her career record to 16-10-3-2 and earnings to $473,126.

Racing resumes at Fair Grounds on Thursday, Feb. 23 with a 1:15 p.m. CT first post. Scheduled to be contested on Saturday, February 25 are the inaugural runnings of the $75,000 Louisiana Stallion of the Year Half Ours Stakes at 1 mile 70 yards and the $75,000 Louisiana Broodmare of the Year Buttercup’s Song Stakes at one mile – both written for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds and named for two of the great producing influences in Louisiana’s breeding history. Written for fillies, the Buttercup’s Song is slated as Race 6 with a 3:15 p.m. post time. For males, the Half Hours will go as Race 7 at 4:15 p.m.


About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, one of the nation’s oldest racetracks, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds, which is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN), also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 15 off-track betting parlors throughout Southeast Louisiana. The 151st Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 110th running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from Nov 18, 2022 through March 26, 2023. More information is available online at

Oeuvre Takes Command Early To Notch Fourth Career Stakes Win in the $100,000 Mardi Gras Stakes