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Longtime Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper Bob Fortus Dies At 69

Bob Fortus, an award-winning journalist who covered horse racing for many years in Louisiana, has died due to complications from a car accident in March, reported his former employer, the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper. Fortus was 69. He was struck by a car on March 29 while crossing the street near Fair Grounds racetrack and […]

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‘I’m A Fighter’: Back From Ankle Injury, Mena Now Tied Atop Churchill Standings

One year ago jockey Miguel Mena was laying on his couch not knowing if he’d ever ride again after severely breaking his ankle in March 2018. Entering Sunday’s nine-race program at Churchill Downs, Mena left no doubt he was back in top form as he was tied atop the jockey standings with Corey Lanerie. “I’m […]

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Shakopee Town Gives Attard First Stakes Win Of Woodbine Season In Whimsical

And they’re off… The 2019 Thoroughbred meet kicked off on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack and trainer Kevin Attard picked up where he left off as Shakopee Town was victorious in the first stakes event of the season. Attard, who won the final stakes of the 2018 meet with Al and Bill Ulwelling’s Valedictory champion […]

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Champion Monomoy Girl Resting At WinStar After Colic Episode

Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and Eclipse champion Monomoy Girl will not make her 2019 debut in the G1 La Troienne on May 3 as her connections originally planned. According to bloodhorse.com, the 4-year-old daughter of Tapizar suffered a mild case of colic after she was shipped from the Fair Grounds up to Churchill Downs. Monomoy Girl […]

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Ortiz Doubles Up As Plus Que Parfait Digs In For UAE Derby Triumph

Trainer Brendan Walsh made a radical decision when Plus Que Parfait didn’t fire in the G2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 16, moving the 3-year-old from the Fair Grounds to South Florida. He began planning a trip to Dubai for the son of Point of Entry, and on Saturday the Imperial Racing-owned ridgling delivered a […]

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Sophie Doyle Upsets Fair Grounds Oaks En Route To Jockey Of The Week Title

After landing the biggest stakes win of her career, Sophie Doyle was selected as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for March 18 – 24, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders […]

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‘It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This’: Thomas’ By My Standards Sparks Derby Fever

Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., is headed to the Kentucky Derby after his 3-year-old colt By My Standards captured Saturday’s $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby by three-quarters of a length over Spinoff, paying $47 to win under jockey Gabriel Saez. The Grade 2 stakes saw 4-5 favorite War of Will struggle home ninth after pulling […]

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Amoss Reports Serengeti Empress ‘Bled’ Saturday, Kentucky Oaks Status Uncertain

Trainer Tom Amoss reported on Twitter that his star sophomore filly, Serengeti Empress, suffered an episode of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage during Saturday’s running of the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks. She took up her customary position in the front of the field at the start of the contest, but faded in the stretch run to […]

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War Of Will ‘Feeling A Lot Better’ After Louisiana Derby Misstep

Less than 24 hours after enduring a scare when beaten Louisiana Derby favorite War of Will was reported to be significantly off following his ninth-place finish, trainer Mark Casse said the son of War Front was much improved Sunday morning, adding that his hopes of making the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve remain intact. […]

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By My Standards Upsets Spinoff At 22-1 In Louisiana Derby

Allied Racing Stable’s By My Standards broke his maiden last out over the Fair Grounds strip and immediately jumped up to graduate in the G2 Louisiana Derby at odds of 22-1. The 3-year-old son of Goldencents, ridden by Gabriel Saez and trained by Bret Calhoun, came up the rail in the stretch to best Spinoff […]

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