Derby, Oaks Contenders Star on Stakes-Packed Saturday at Fair Grounds

Hog Creek Hustle winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Up-and-coming two-year-olds with an eye on the 2019 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are among the many talented horses entered in the six stakes races scheduled for December 22nd at Fair Grounds. It’s yet another action-packed Saturday of high-class racing at the New Orleans track, which opened its annual winter meet on December 1st. In chronological order, the highlights on this massive 14-race card include…. Race [...]

Hawksmoor Among Big Names Entered Saturday at Laurel

Off Limits (right) edges Hawksmoor (left) in the Matriarch Stakes (gr. I) - © BENOIT PHOTO On a quiet Saturday with relatively few graded stakes races on the agenda, racing fans are advised to turn their attention to a quality card at Laurel Park that includes five stakes races. The day’s feature events are the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes and the $125,000 Weber City Miss Stakes, which serve as preps for the upcoming Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and [...]

Four Stakes Races Highlight Final Fair Grounds Cards of 2017

Mr. Misunderstood winning the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography The last two days of 2017 comprise a stakes-packed weekend of coast-to-coast racing, and Fair Grounds in Louisiana is poised to celebrate the end of the year in particularly memorable fashion with a pair of stakes races on both Saturday and Sunday. First up on Saturday is the $75,000 Pago Hop Stakes for three-year-old fillies going a mile on turf, and if you like large fields, [...]

Solid challenge awaits Daddys Lil Darling

Pin Oak Valley View Stakes winner Lovely Bernadette seeks another graded triumph in the Mrs. Revere Stakes. Pic: Keeneland/Coady Photography. After a busy, varied, and at times frustrating year, Daddys Lil Darling is once again seeking her first graded stakes triumph as a 3-year-old. The Scat Daddy filly is the likely favorite for the 1 1/16-mile Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, a race which has drawn a good field of 3-year-old turf fillies. Daddys Lil Darling [...]