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Fair Grounds Clerk Of Scales Menard Passes Away Unexpectedly Thursday

The Fair Grounds released the following statement on Friday regarding the sudden death of Clerk Of Scales Nelson Menard: The entire team at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots offers condolences to the family and friends of Nelson Menard, who passed away unexpectedly Thursday night. Menard rode for more than 30 years in New Orleans […]

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First Post Moved Up For Fair Grounds Card Sunday To Accommodate 14 Races

In order to accommodate a 14-race Closing Day card, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has changed first post for Sunday, March 27, to 12:30 p.m. CDT. The card is stocked with large fields and includes two maiden special weight events, three allowance optional claiming contests and a starter optional claiming race. Nine of the […]

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Future Promising As ‘Very Solid Meet’ At Fair Grounds Wraps Up

The 2014-2015 racing season at Fair Grounds draws to a close this weekend, and, according to a story by The Times-Picayune, it’s ending on a much different note than it has in previous years. “I see a complete change of attitude from last year,” said trainer Tom Amoss, who is one of several trainers to […]

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Benson Stables Enters Racing With Big Dreams

Gayle Benson, wife of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, has entered into another sport entirely – horse racing. And she, racing under the name Benson Stables, hopes to make a big impact in the highest levels of the sport. Benson Stables recently purchased $920,000 worth of horses at the Keeneland September Yearling […]

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‘Everything’s coming up Rosie’: Napravnik presented with key to city by NOLA’s mayor

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu presented jockey Rosie Napravnik with a “Key to the City” in a ceremony held late Wednesday afternoon in the Mayor’s office at City Hall. Mayor Landrieu, on behalf of the city, also presented Napravnik with a proclamation officially recognizing her achievements, including two Fair Grounds leading rider titles (2010-11 and […]

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Louisiana Derby to coincide with Final Four

The Fair Grounds 2011-2012 stakes schedule announced Wednesday includes a boost in purses for 19 stakes races, with the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby set for closing day April 1, 2012.  For the first time since 2004, the race will be held on a Sunday, in between Saturday’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Semifinals and Monday’s championship game […]

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SECOND PLACE WON’T RAIN ON RACHEL’S PARADE

Kate Hunter wins the prize for traveling the farthest to see Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Saturday, coming all the way from Tokyo, Japan. Actually, Hunter, a native of Nashville, Tenn., is an English teacher in Tokyo who was back home on a school break but decided to go forego family […]

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