Monte Man winning the Heitai Stakes - Photo by Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr While some handicappers understandably shy away from betting heavy favorites, under the right circumstances, I’m more than happy to back a short-priced contender if I think I can make a nice score in the exotic wagers. Such is the case in Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes at Fair Grounds, a six-furlong event that has attracted some of the best Louisiana-bred sprinters [...]
We're talking Fair Grounds with analyst and handicapper Joe Kristufek to talk about the beginning of the meet, handicapping Fair Grounds, working the Breeders' Cup and more.
Monte Man winning the Costa Rising Stakes at Fair Grounds - Photo by Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr. The upcoming Saturday race card at Fair Grounds offers something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of dirt or turf races, sprints or route, juveniles or older horses, and Thoroughbreds or Quarter Horses. On a day billed as “Louisiana Champions Day,” seven stakes races for Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds and three graded stakes races for Louisiana-bred Quarter Horses are on the [...]
It's Thanksgiving Day and we're discussing what we're thankful for in 2018. Then we look ahead to Thanksgiving Day stakes from Churchill Downs, Aqueduct, and Fair Grounds!
Monte Man winning the Costa Rising Stakes at Fair Grounds - Photo by Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr. As of last October, #1 Monte Man was a nothing more than a decent claimer on the New York circuit. Fast forward a bit more than a year, and Monte Man is the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $50,000 Heitai Stakes for Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds. What changed? Well, nothing really, except that Monte Man was claimed by [...]
We discuss the new racing week getting started at Aqueduct and Churchill Downs and welcome in apprentice rider Declan Carroll to talk about his career getting underway, riding his first races, heading to Fair Grounds, and more!
It is Closing Day at Keeneland Race Course and that means that all pools are mandatory payouts, including the late Pick 5 that commences in Race 6. Horses that possess stamina will be on display on Friday in Lexington as all five races are conducted at least two turns, with three of them at a mile and three-sixteenths or further. Let’s close out the meet strong and help build the bankroll for the start of the Churchill Downs meeting on [...]
Noble Indy winning the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. Thus far on the Road to the 2018 Kentucky Derby, I don’t think any prep race has produced a wilder finish than the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. Befitting of the first prep race to offer 100 Derby qualification points to the winner, the Louisiana Derby drew a wide-open field of ten horse and featured more than its [...]
It's Friday which means we're looking ahead to the weekend action including a great card from Fair Grounds for the Louisiana Derby. The BARN Jury joins us to discuss which Spring meets they're most looking forward to.
Fair Grounds Race Course takes center stage on Saturday afternoon as the meet’s premier event headlines a superb card of racing that commences at 12:30 PM local time. The Twin Spires.com Louisiana Derby drew a competitive field of ten colts led by the top two finishers in the Grade 2 Risen Star last month and Southwest Stakes winner My Boy Jack. The one million dollar event concludes an all-stakes Pick 4 sequence that gets started in Race 8 with the [...]