Royal Act seeks crowning achievement in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds’ centerpiece race, the Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby, will be run this Saturday at the historic New Orleans oval (5 p.m., NBCSN). Fourteen colts and geldings (plus two also-eligibles) will be tasked with a 1 3/16th-mile journey on the main track. Post time for the Louisiana Derby, which brings down the curtain…

Ready to Roll to upset victory in Risen Star? (Division I)

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes drew a total of 23 Kentucky Derby hopefuls, so the race was broken up into two divisions by Fair Grounds track management. We’ll discuss the first division of the local prep for the Louisiana Derby here. The 1 1/8-mile heat goes as Race 12 of 13 on Saturday,…

War of Will should overwhelm Louisiana Derby field

The Grade I, $1 million Louisiana Derby takes place this Saturday at the historic Fair Grounds racecourse in New Orleans. The 1 1/8-mile race awards 100 Kentucky Derby points to the winner, assuring them a starting spot in the “Run for the Roses.” Second place receives 40 points, third gets 20, and fourth gets 10….

War of Will the one to catch in Risen Star

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, the first Kentucky Derby prep worth 50 points to the winner this year, takes place on Saturday at the Fair Grounds. Going as the finale on a 12-race program, the 1 1/16th-mile heat is scheduled for 7:02 p.m. EST. A field of 14 is expected to compete, with…

Weekly jockey review, 1/23/19; Prat pulls away at Santa Anita

This week’s jockey review remains focused on the winter racing at Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Santa Anita. Be sure to study the results carefully before Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup, and don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Manny Franco recorded a seven-win week to pull clear of Junior Alvarado, 40-34. Franco was shut…

Tackett tackles overflow field of Derby hopefuls in LeComte

Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 LeComte Stakes commences the Fair Grounds’ road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby. A full field of 14 (with one also-eligible) will go one mile and 70 yards on the main track. A total of 17 Kentucky Derby points are on the line; 10 to first place down to one for fourth….

Lightly-raced Hofburg holds value in Kentucky Derby

After months of anticipation, the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby will be held this Saturday at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/4-mile classic drew a field of 20 with one also-eligible. Post time for the Derby, Race 12 of 14 on the day, is 6:50 p.m. EST. Many of America’s top jockeys will be present,…

Instilled Regard, Principe Guilherme rematch in Risen Star

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes will be renewed at the Fair Grounds this Saturday. Ten three-year-olds will line up in pursuit of valuable Kentucky Derby points (50 to the winner down to five for running fourth) for this 1 1/16th-mile test. The Risen Star is Race 9 on a 12-race card and has…

Instilled Regard looks live in LeComte

The Grade III, $200,000 LeComte Stakes, the first stepping stone in Louisiana toward the Kentucky Derby, is the Saturday feature at the Fair Grounds. A full field of 14 (and one also-eligible) will crowd the gate for this one mile and 70-yard test. Post time for the LeComte, the ninth of 13 races, is set…

Patch joins familiar faces in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans, LA hosts the Grade I, $1 million Louisiana Derby this Saturday. The marquee 1 1/8th-mile event drew a field of nine in pursuit of valuable Kentucky Derby points. 100 points go to the winner (essentially an automatic berth into “The Run for the Roses”), 40 to the runner-up, 20…