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Louisiana-Bred Star Pacific Pink Takes Aim On Tom Benson Memorial

A dozen Louisiana-bred fillies and mares are set to kick off the stakes program at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in the $50,000 Tom Benson Memorial Overnight Stakes – the featured event on Opening Day, Thursday November 15. The 3-1 morning line favorite for the one mile test over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course is […]

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Lone Sailor Ends Seconditis With Narrow Oklahoma Derby Win

GMB Racing’s Lone Sailor has come up short in three photo finishes in the past year, but on Sunday night at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., the Majestic Warrior colt eked out the narrowest of victories, winning the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby by a nose over Believe in Royalty. Diamond King was another […]

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Churchill-Based Lone Sailor Tunes Up For Derby With ‘Nice And Easy’ Breeze

TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade II) runner-up Lone Sailor returned to the work tab Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs with a half-mile breeze in :47.60, his first major tune-up in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I). With jockey James Graham aboard, Lone Sailor breezed through splits of :12 and :24, before galloping out five furlongs […]

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Amoss Taking A Shot At ‘Legacy’ Louisiana Derby Win With Lone Sailor

In trainer Tom Amoss’s 30 plus years of training Thoroughbreds, the New Orleans native has found a great deal of success at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, which includes 11 training titles at the track. Winning the Louisiana Derby, however, is still something on the list awaiting a check mark. On Saturday, March 24, […]

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New Orleans Sportsman, Horse Owner Tom Benson Dies At 90

Tom Benson, best known as the owner of the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints but also a racehorse owner as partner in GMB Racing, died on Thursday at the age of 90 after suffering from the flu for several weeks. Benson, a self-made billionaire through automobile dealerships and banking, was a hero to the […]

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Drew Brees’ Autograph Pays For Life-Saving Surgery On Old Friends’ Mare

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY., is tipping its hat to the NFL this week–especially to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Thanks to the Big Ten record-holder–who will kick-off against the Carolina Panthers in the first NFL Wild Card Round this Sunday–Old Friends was able to give a lasting gift […]

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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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