Category: Fair Grounds

2018 Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks Preview

Saturday at Fair Grounds features the first of the 100-point Derby and Oaks preps, down in the Big Easy: the Louisiana Derby (G2) for open company, and the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) for fillies. Both races drew solid, competitive fields: ten horses in the Louisiana Derby, and nine in the Fair Grounds Oaks.  This piece... Read more »

2018 Risen Star Stakes and Rachel Alexandra Stakes Preview

This Saturday, things get serious at Fair Grounds.  Since the inauguration of the points system in 2013, 50 points has been far more than enough to get a horse into either the Kentucky Derby or the Kentucky Oaks.  And, Saturday’s card in New Orleans features the first pair of 50-20-10-5 point preps: the $400,000 Risen... Read more »

2018 Lecomte and Silverbulletday Stakes Preview

This week the Derby Trail and the Oaks Trail kick into major gear, and Picks and Ponderings will be there.  The weekend’s racing action features three-year-old preps at three different tracks: the Lecomte Stakes and Silverbulletday Stakes Saturday at Fair Grounds, the Jerome Stakes Saturday at Aqueduct, and the Smarty Jones Stakes Monday at Oaklawn Park.... Read more »
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2017 Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks Preview

The Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks draw closer, and we move into the final phases of each track’s prep series.  This piece focuses on the final preps at Fair Grounds: the Louisiana Derby (G2) and the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). The Derby prep series and the Oaks prep series have had different complexions so... Read more »

2017 Risen Star Stakes and Rachel Alexandra Stakes Preview

This weekend, stakes get higher on the three-year-old trails.  The first 50-point preps show up on the calendar this week, and Picks and Ponderings dives into a pair of hotly contested preps in the Big Easy. Fourteen runners with Kentucky Derby dreams line up for the Risen Star (G2), led by Lecomte Stakes (G3) winner GUEST SUITE and Remsen Stakes... Read more »

GUEST SUITE, FARRELL Splash Farther Down the Road to Kentucky

NEW ORLEANS — For all the rain that was predicted this afternoon in the Big Easy, the skies only opened up again through the final three races.  However, the rain remained a theme: storms through the morning had left the track wet all day long, and the turf soft. The day’s anchor was the pair... Read more »
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2017 Lecomte Stakes and Silverbulletday Stakes Preview

This weekend, the New Orleans spurs of the Derby trail and the Oaks trail get underway: Saturday’s card at Fair Grounds features six stakes races, including the Lecomte (GIII) for open company and the Silverbulletday for fillies.  With it being the off-season for racing in Chicago, this will be more than just a proverbial road... Read more »

2016 Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks Preview

Picks & Ponderings this week racks up the figurative frequent flyer miles for a trip to Meydan for Nicolle Neulist’s dissection of the UAE Derby and other marquee races from  Dubai World Cup Day.   Another figurative trip is in this piece, which heads to New Orleans and to Fair Grounds Race Course. Despite the plethora... Read more »

2016 Risen Star and Rachel Alexandra Preview

This week, we follow the Derby Trail and the Oaks Trail to the Big Easy. Things got underway with a pair of ten-point preps last month, the LeComte (GIII) and the Silverbulletday.  They up the ante this time around with the Risen Star for Derby-bound types, and the Rachel Alexandra for the fillies.  Not only... Read more »
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2016 LeComte Stakes and Silverbulletday Stakes Preview

Winter marches on.  With it, the three-year-old runners march toward the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks.  Picks and Ponderings will be here to navigate you along the Derby trail and the Oaks trail. This Saturday, those trails both make their first pass through the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.  Saturday’s stakes-laden card features the... Read more »