Mineshaft Handicap

Silver Dust Puts It All Together For Mineshaft Victory; Harlan Punch Vanned Off

The notoriously difficult-to-handle Silver Dust finally seems to have mostly figured out what to do in the afternoons; despite acting up in the gate, the gelded 5-year-old son of Tapit captured Saturday’s G3 Mineshaft Handicap by 2 1/4 lengths at odds of 5-1. The victory was the first graded win for both the horse and […]

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Calhoun Playing Catch-Up With Mr. Money In Risen Star

Successfully campaigning a Thoroughbred is just as much timing as it is skill. Unfortunately, time was not on trainer Bret Calhoun’s side last month when he targeted the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes  with Mr. Money, but the new member of the 3,000-win club is moving forward and hoping for a big run from the Allied […]

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‘Competitive’ Quip To Take On Lone Sailor In Saturday’s Mineshaft

Grade II winner Quip is set for his 4-year-old debut in the Grade III $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap on Saturday, February 16, where he will break from the outside in the 13-horse field. Owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing, the son of Distorted Humor has not raced since finishing a well beaten […]

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Positive Spirit Has Brisset Thinking Big For 2019

When your older half-brother is a Kentucky Derby winner, it’s natural for high expectations to carry over. Positive Spirit ended her 2-year-old campaign on a very promising note, and the first chapter of her sophomore season is about to be written in the Grade II $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, to be run on Saturday, Feb. […]

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The Player Not Messing Around In Mineshaft Handicap

The Player, a colt known for his laid-back personality and silly stable antics in trainer Buff Bradley’s barn, was a total professional in Saturday’s G3 Mineshaft Handicap at the Fair Grounds. Owned and bred by Bradley and Carl Hurst, the 5-year-old son of Street Hero led from gate-to-wire under Calvin Borel to win by about […]

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International Traveler Cooptado Will Stretch Out In Distance Next Year

Trainer Tom Morley believes “the further the better” for Tenacious Stakes winner Cooptado (Arg), and plans on stretching him out to longer distances later next year. Meanwhile, Morley has his eyes set on the stakes program for older horses on the dirt at the Fair Grounds and mentioned that the $150,000 Gr. III Mineshaft Handicap on Feb. […]

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Walsh: Scuba ‘Really Put His Head Down,’ Honorable Duty Out For Two Months

While a trainer would always prefer all of his horses to be running well concurrently, it is never a bad thing for one to come to form just as another falls out of it. Such is exactly what has happened with DARRS, Inc.’s two Brendan Walsh-trained handicapping stars Honorable Duty and Scuba.  Within roughly 24 hours, Walsh went […]

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Honorable Duty Posts Mild Upset In Mineshaft Handicap

David A. Ross’ Honorable Duty posted a half-length victory at odds of 5-1 for a mild upset in Saturday’s G3 Mineshaft Handicap at the Fair Grounds. The 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor, ridden by Julien Leparoux, covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:43.03. The Mineshaft is the first graded stakes victory […]

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Weekend Lineup: Rising Stars At Fair Grounds

The next race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby is Saturday’s G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds. It kicks off the start of the races in which the winner will receive 50 points toward a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. Kicking off the graded stakes action […]

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Mo Tom, Rise Up Lead Amoss Charge In Mineshaft Handicap

Few horses are loved around New Orleans racing more than Mo Tom, and the darling of the G M B Racing operation and Tom Amoss barn returns for his 4-year-old bow in Saturday’s Grade III $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap. Amoss, an 11-time leading conditioner at the New Orleans oval’s traditional meet warns us to not take […]

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