Category: Fair Grounds

2020 Lecomte Stakes and Silverbulletday Stakes Preview

This week the Derby and Oaks trails wind through New Orleans.  For the Oaks-bound, Saturday’s card features the $150,000 Silverbulletday stakes at a mile and seventy yards on dirt. One race later, Louisiana’s spur of the Derby trail begins with the Lecomte Stakes (G3), a $200,000 race which has been extended to a mile and... Read more »

2019 Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks Preview

Saturday at Fair Grounds, the highest-stakes round of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks preps begin.  The Louisiana spurs of the three-year-old trails draw to a close with the Fair Grounds Oaks and the Louisiana Derby: 100-point races for the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, respectively.  Even the 40 points afforded the second-place finishers have... Read more »

2019 Risen Star and Rachel Alexandra Stakes Preview

If you’re on the road to the Kentucky Derby or the Kentucky Oaks, the ante has gone up.  The next round of three-year-old preps begins on Saturday at Fair Grounds, with the Risen Star Stakes (G2) and the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2).  Both of those races offer 50-20-10-5 points, respectively, to their top four finishers... Read more »
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2019 Lecomte S. and Silverbulletday S. Preview

This week the Derby trail and the Oaks trails wind through New Orleans.  For the Oaks-bound, Saturday’s card features the $150,000 Silverbulletday stakes at a mile and seventy yards on dirt. One race later, Louisiana’s spur of the Derby trail begins with the Lecomte Stakes (G3), a $200,000 race over the same mile and seventy... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »