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Dark Templar, shown winning his maiden Nov. 4, might get a shot in a Kentucky Derby prep race next.
Neither the 3-year-old filly Chocolate Martini nor the 3-year-old colt Dark Templar broke the clock, but both at least ran decently in winning first-level, dirt-route allowances Sunday and Monday at Fair Grounds.Full Story >>
YESTERDAY February 21, 2018
Trainer Mark Casse hopes Holding Gold gets invited to the party in Dubai. Holding Gold's first start in 2018, the Col. Power Stakes on Feb. 17 at Fair Grounds, produced an encouraging half-length win over the up-and-coming Will Call, and if things go ...
The five-week break between the Rachel Alexandra Stakes and the Fair Grounds Oaks is long enough that horses can start in both races without fear of a strong showing in the first leading to regression in the second.
February 19, 2018
Kentucky Derby: Risen Star analysis
February 18, 2018
Bravazo and Snapper Sinclair, longshots both, were separated by a short nose Saturday in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds, and they probably will meet again here March 24 in the $1 million Louisiana Derby.
It’s important to remember that the road to the Kentucky Derby is not linear. We are not going to have a Derby prep season that sequentially builds on what previously transpired in terms of quality and strength. Sure, it would be nice if things were ...
February 17, 2018
Synchrony tore through the homestretch under Joe Bravo and whipped past 13-10 favorite Mr. Misunderstood to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap by two lengths Saturday.
Bravazo won a thrilling Risen Star Stakes by about an inch over Snapper Sinclair on Saturday at Fair Grounds.
The gate popped open for the Grade 2, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds, and odds-on favorite Monomoy Girl spun her wheels.
Mom’s On Strike won her fourth race in a row Saturday, capturing the $75,000 Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths with a powerful late rally.
The Player, trying blinkers for the first time, wins the Grade 3, $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap by 4 1/4 lengths.