Spot Plays for Risen Star Day at Fair Grounds

Synchrony winning the 2018 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III) - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. Planning to watch and wager on the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) this Saturday at Fair Grounds? Don’t forget to check out the other appealing races on the card! I’ve already shared my thoughts on the Risen Star, but that’s just one of the dozen races on the agenda. After going over the rest of the card, I’ve found four other spot plays throughout [...]

Derby, Oaks Contenders Face Off on Saturday at Fair Grounds

Serengeti Empress winning the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders will shine at Fair Grounds on February 16, a busy day of racing that includes four graded stakes races at the New Orleans racetrack. The highlight of the day is unquestionably the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), which offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualification points to the winner as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship [...]

Horizontal Plays on Risen Star Stakes Day at Fair Grounds

Principe Guilherme winning an allowance race at Fair Grounds (Hodges Photography) Fair Grounds takes center stage on Saturday afternoon as the stakes laden card in Louisiana is headlined by the $400,000 Risen Star. The mile and a sixteenth event is the first prep race that offers competitors 50 qualifying points on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” leaderboard. The stakes action over the twelve-race slate gets started in Race 4 with the $50,000 Colonial Power and concludes with [...]

Monomoy Girl Stands Out in Rachel Alexandra Stakes

Monomoy Girl winning the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday at Fair Grounds is a pretty important stop on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. The 8.5-furlong event is the first Kentucky Oaks prep race to offer 50 qualification points to the winner, and in all likelihood those 50 points will go to #8 Monomoy Girl, who looks tough to beat as the clear 8-5 [...]

Four stakes kick off Fair Grounds 2017-18 meet

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 [...]