It's Monday so we're looking back at the big weekend of racing including upsets in the Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks, A thrilling stretch battle in the Sunland Derby, and more!
By My Standards winning the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) - © Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. The trend of upset victories in Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races continued on Saturday when By My Standards produced a big rally up the inside to post a 22-1 upset victory in the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. At the start of the race, all eyes were won the 4-5 favorite War of Will, who was expected [...]
We're bringing back the Roundtable as we welcome in a pair of New Orleanian's to join us to talk about the Louisiana Derby card at Fair Grounds. Gary Palmisano and Frank McGoey join the Roundtable to dissect all the contenders in the La. Derby, the Fair Grounds Oaks and more!
Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography A marathon day of racing is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at Fair Grounds. Thirteen races are on the card, including the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II), a prominent steppingstone toward the 2019 Kentucky Derby. That race is unquestionably the main highlight, but the undercard includes several other interesting stakes races that could offer opportunities to make nice wagering [...]
War of Will winning the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) © Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. How to bet the Louisiana Derby depends on what you think of War of Will, the Lecomte-Risen Star winner looking to join International Star as the only horse to sweep Fair Grounds' Kentucky Derby points series. The War Front colt closed as the 12.5-to-1 third choice in Kentucky Derby Future Wager 3, and a win in this race would likely guarantee he is [...]
War of Will winning the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) © Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. I don’t think anyone will deny that #6 War of Will is going to be tough to beat in the March 23 Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile races kicks off the final round of Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races offering 100 qualification points to the winner. War of Will hardly needs them; after all, he’s [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Bravazo winning the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir The action on the Road to the Kentucky Derby will really pick up this Saturday with the $1 million TwinSpires Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, the first race offering 100 Derby qualification points to the winner. The favorite in this competitive field of ten horses might wind up being #1 Bravazo, who scored a 21-1 upset in the Risen [...]
Breeders' Cup Classic winner Gun Runner first emerged as a possible star at the 2015-16 Fair Grounds meet. The important Fair Grounds winter meeting kicks off Nov. 18, the beginning of five months of racing that includes major preps for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. It’s a meeting to watch current stars, and future stars; the most notable in the last two years being this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Gun Runner, who took out two [...]