The Lecomte Stakes

The 2023 Road To The Kentucky Derby heads back to the Louisiana portion of the path this Saturday, with the running of the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes. The Lecomte will be run at its customary 1 1/16-mile distance and will have a purse of $200,000 dollars. The race will award 20 points to the Winner on the Road To The Kentucky Derby points schedule. The race is … Continue reading The Lecomte Stakes

Racing At Fairgrounds

The Fair Grounds Race Course is one of the oldest operating racetracks in America. It is located in historic Mid-City on Gentilly Blvd. in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has a long, complicated history that has seen it rise from the ashes of war, development, flood and fire. The grounds upon which Fair Grounds currently sits has been the site of horse racing since before the … Continue reading Racing At Fairgrounds

Who Wins The Louisiana Derby?

The winter/spring meet at Fair Grounds wraps up this weekend with the track’s signature race, the $1 million dollar, Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on Saturday. The race is the first domestic Derby prep offering top-tier qualifying points, distributing them on a 100-40-20-10 basis to the first four finishers. It’s the last of four qualifying points races for Derby 148 held during the Fair Grounds meet. It’s slated … Continue reading Who Wins The Louisiana Derby?

Louisiana Derby Trends

Are you ready? The Road to the Kentucky Derby heats up in a big way with Saturday’s running of the $1 million dollar Louisiana Derby at Fairgrounds.  The 1 3/16-mile, Grade 2 race awards a total of 170 Derby qualification points to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 basis, which essentially guarantees both the Winner and the runner-up a spot in the gate for the 2022 … Continue reading Louisiana Derby Trends

Talented Louisiana Derby Winners

Fair Grounds‘ road to the Kentucky Derby reaches its terminus Saturday with the $1 million dollar, Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. The Louisiana Derby is one of the oldest Derby prep races, first held back in 1894. The field will travel 1 3/16 miles on dirt in this race, making the Louisiana Derby the longest Derby prep. Since 1973, the race has been run as a Grade 2. … Continue reading Talented Louisiana Derby Winners

Where The Winners Prep

There are no Derby prep races this weekend. But, the 100-40-20-10 point preps are at hand- eight races compressed into 15 days, beginning next Saturday (03/26). As long as they are eligible (aka not Baffert horses), the Winners are mathematically assured of berths in the starting gate in the Run For The Roses. The 2nd-place horses have a good shot at getting there as well. … Continue reading Where The Winners Prep

Who Wins The Risen Star Stakes?

The $400,000 dollar, Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fairgrounds Saturday kicks off the 85-point round of Kentucky Derby preps. With 50-20-10-5 awarded to the top four finishers, the Winner and runner-up should be nicely positioned in the quest for one the 20 spots in the starting gate on May 7th. The race is listed as the final contest on a card of thirteen with a … Continue reading Who Wins The Risen Star Stakes?

The Risen Star Stakes

This year’s running of the Grade 2, $400,000 dollar Risen Star Stakes will be Saturday at Fairgrounds. The Winner of last year’s Risen Star– MANDALOUN may yet wind up as the Winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby if the late MEDINA SPIRIT is disqualified for a failed drug test. That remains an apple of discord, involving regulators and lawyers – and a possibility that could … Continue reading The Risen Star Stakes

The Lecomte Stakes

Saturday at Fairgrounds is the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes, a Kentucky Derby qualifying race that awards points on a 10-4-2-1 scale for the top four finishers. The field of nine will race at a distance of a mile & 1/16 for a purse of $200,000 dollars. It is the final contest on a card of 14, with a scheduled Post Time of 7:20. 1. SURFER DUDE [ML … Continue reading The Lecomte Stakes

The Road To The Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is a series of select races that award a sliding scale of points to the Top 4 finishers. This has determined preference for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby (Grade I) field since 2013. The 1 ¼-mile classic for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will be run at the historic Louisville, Kentucky racetrack for the 148th consecutive year on Saturday, May 7th, 2022. As was … Continue reading The Road To The Derby