Spot Plays for 2019 Louisiana Derby Day

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 [...]

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 [...]

Keying Synchrony in the Old Forester Turf Classic

Synchrony winning the Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III) - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. The Kentucky Derby is undoubtedly the highlight of the Saturday card at Churchill Downs, but the stakes-packed day of racing includes many other competitive races as well, with one of the best being the $500,000 Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes (gr. I). Ten horses have been entered in the nine-furlong turf race, with the 5-2 morning line favorite being #10 Beach Patrol. Trained by Chad [...]

Lucullan Looks Live in Muniz Memorial Handicap

Synchrony winning the Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III) - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. Finding the winner of Saturday’s $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds could be more or less akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Held at “about” nine furlongs on the turf course, the Muniz Memorial attracted eleven starters, and on paper the race looks wide-open and competitive. Among the most accomplished entrants are #1 Synchrony, who rallied powerfully from off the [...]

Synchrony Faces Deep Field in Muniz Memorial Handicap

Synchrony winning the Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III) - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. One of the best middle-distance turf races so far in 2018 is scheduled to be run on March 24th at Fair Grounds, that being the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. II). Held over a distance of “about” nine furlongs, the Muniz Memorial has attracted eleven starters, ten of which have won or placed in graded stakes company. The field is led by Synchrony, a five-year-old son [...]

How to Bet the Fair Grounds Handicap

Mr. Misunderstood winning the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography Good luck finding the winner of the $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III) on Saturday at Fair Grounds! Bettors that correctly identify the winner will surely be rewarded, for the nine-furlong turf race has drawn a huge and competitive field of twelve horses. The horse to beat is surely #6 Mr. Misunderstood, who boasts a perfect 8-for-8 record on grass, including five consecutive stakes victories. A [...]