Multiple Breeds Take Center Stage on Louisiana Champions Day

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 [...]

How to Bet the Test Stakes

Classy Act winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography What do you do when four of the top contenders in a given race seem certain to engage in an all-out battle for the lead, but you don’t really care for the chances of their late-running rivals? That’s the question I’m faced with when handicapping Saturday’s $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies has attracted nine starters, and four [...]

Ten Stakes Races Scheduled for Louisiana Premier Night

Mobile Bay winning the 2016 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr. If you’re a fan of stakes-packed race cards, then you won’t want to miss Louisiana Premier Night on Saturday at Delta Downs, which features ten stakes races for Louisiana-breds with a combined purse of $1.055 million. The latter half of the card looks particularly competitive. Let’s take a quick look at some of the best races…. Race 5, Starlet Stakes: [...]

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, [...]