Louisiana Derby

There aren’t many Kentucky Derby prep races older than the Louisiana Derby (G2), held at the Fairgrounds in New Orleans. The historic race dates back to 1894, which makes the Louisiana Derby almost as old the KD itself.   The conditions of the Louisiana Derby have varied widely through the years. It’s been held over four different distances, most recently shifting to 1 3⁄16 miles in 2020. … Continue reading Louisiana Derby

Derby Points Leaders

Here is the current top ten point earners on The Road To The Kentucky Derby, along with their trainers. Don’t panic if you don’t see your Derby favorite listed here. Four weeks of prep races remain and the point-reward scale is increasing. We are seven weeks removed from the Kentucky Derby. That means there is still time to garner points in order to gain entry … Continue reading Derby Points Leaders

The Risen Star

The Grade 2, $400,000  Risen Star on Saturday has drawn a full field of 13 horses who will go nine furlongs in the first Kentucky Derby prep race of the year that offers the increased points level (50-20-10-5). The top four finishers from the Lecomte Stakes (G3), which was the first of the Derby preps this year at Fair Grounds, are in the field. Here is … Continue reading The Risen Star

The Stakes Are Rising

Saturday is the $400,000 dollar, Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. It is this years first prep race on the road to the Kentucky Derby to ratchet up the awards and offer a total of 85 qualifying points to the top four finishers. Those points are distributed on a scale of 50-20-10-5. Which means that the Winner will very likely secure … Continue reading The Stakes Are Rising

Racing Is Back On Television

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced the return of America’s Day at the Races. Saturday, January 16th, will be the first of 22 days of the acclaimed national horse racing telecast to air throughout January, February and March on FOX Sports. Produced by NYRA in partnership with FOX Sports, America’s Day at the Races will return Saturday on FS1 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. eastern time. … Continue reading Racing Is Back On Television

NOLO Thanksgiving

Formally established in 1872, Fair Grounds Race Course is the 3rd-oldest racetrack in North America. Live racing at the historic New Orleans venue was conducted as early as 1852 when pre-Civil War Louisiana was considered the Southern center of competitive Thoroughbred Racing. The Fair Grounds was destroyed by fire on December 17th, 1993.  The blaze leveled the old grandstand, and all its surroundings.  Over a four-year period, … Continue reading NOLO Thanksgiving

The Louisiana Derby

This edition of the Grade 2, $1 million dollar Louisiana Derby for 3-year-olds comes with one big change.  The race now measures 1 & 3/16 miles, giving most of these 2020 Kentucky Derby hopefuls a true stamina test before heading to Churchill Downs in September. The Louisiana Derby is the final race of the day at the Fairgrounds on a card of 12.  Scheduled  Post … Continue reading The Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds Trainers To Watch

The first official day of winter is December 22nd.  But as that time draws closer let’s forget about the cold and shoveling for a while and focus on the racing season in the land of Mardi Gras. The Fair Grounds opened its 2019-’20 season November 28th and racing will continue in New Orleans through March 29th. To help intrepid handicappers in studying the races at … Continue reading Fair Grounds Trainers To Watch