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Wednesday at Fair Grounds

Mar 25th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Rick Francis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

We head straight to the starting gate to kick off our race week and the final five days of the 142nd Fair Grounds meet. The first on the card features a small but highly competitive field of Louisiana-breds sprinting over the main track. It’s an early post time, so let’s get started.

Race 1 – Fair Grounds – post time 2:25 p.m. EDT

Get in Da House (1), Hawley/Graham; gelding makes his sixth…



Sunny Desert, Risky Rachel clash in Broadway at Aqueduct

Mar 24th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

risky-rachel275webJenny Kellner
NYRA/Aqueduct Racetrack

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Multiple stakes winners Sunny Desert, victorious in the 2013 edition of the Broadway, and Risky Rachel, who took the 2012 running, make their long-awaited return to Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday when they meet for the first time in the 35th renewal of the $100,000 sprint for New York-bred fillies and mares.

The 5-year-old Sunny Desert, unraced since winning the Shot Berry last April at the Big A while in the care…



Chitu, Midnight Hawk give Baffert exacta in Sunland Derby

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Chitu275webTracksideview.com report

A little more than a week ago it looked like trainer Bob Baffert was going to be on the outside looking in at this year’s Kentucky Derby. But it takes time for some young colts to mature and now Baffert is sitting with three colts that have a lock on getting into the starting gate on May 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Two of them, Hoppertunity and Chitu, have legitimate chances of winning the mile-and-a-quarter race.…



Chitu gets his chance to shine and does

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 3-23-14)

With the announced March 23 that Honor Code is injured and off the Derby Trail and the emergence of two Bob Baffert-trained colts it’s time to see some movement on this list. I’m going to recap what happened during the weekend in the Spiral and Sunland and then list the colts.

A little more than a week ago it looked like trainer Bob Baffert was going to be on the outside…



Baffert climbs onto Kentucky Derby trail in big way

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

A little more than a week ago it looked like trainer Bob Baffert was going to be on the outside looking in at this year’s Kentucky Derby. But it takes time for some young colts to mature and now Baffert is sitting with three colts that have a lock on getting into the starting gate on May 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Two of them, Hoppertunity and Chitu, have legitimate chances…



Halo Dolly holds off late comers in Dream of Summer Stakes

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

halodolly275webMike Willman
Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — Halo Dolly made an easy lead and coasted to a gate to wire score in Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes at Santa Anita, prevailing by 1½ lengths over favored Unusual Way while getting one mile in 1:35.73.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Halo Dolly, one of two Jerry Hollendorfer-trained horses in the five-horse field for older fillies and mares bred or sired in California, cleared the favorite, who stumbled leaving the…



We Miss Arties wins Spiral by a nose at Turfway Park

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

WeMissArtie275webTurfway Park release

FLORENCE, Ky. – With John Velazquez aboard, We Miss Artie found more and then a little more still in the stretch to take the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3) by a nose over the all-heart Harry’s Holiday at Turfway Park Saturday. A head behind in third was Coastline.

Offering 50 points to the winner toward Kentucky Derby (G1) qualification, the Spiral Stakes victory pushed We Miss Artie to the top of the Derby list with…



Enterprising gets out of trouble to win Pasadena

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

enterprising275webMike Willman
Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — Heavily favored Enterprising overcame trouble into the far turn to win Saturday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes by a nose under Gary Stevens, covering one mile on turf in 1:33.75.

With the temporary rail set at 15 feet, Stevens broke from the inside in a field of nine 3-year-olds and worked his way into fourth position going to the three eighths pole, but had to steady sharply between horses as Diamond Bachelor, with…



Fire With Fire goes gate to wire in San Luis Rey Stakes

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

firewithfire275webMike Willman
Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — A recent winner at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, longshot Fire With Fire took Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes in gate to wire fashion under Tyler Baze, winning by a half length while covering 1½ miles on turf in 2:25.03.

The complexion of the race was altered dramatically a half mile from home when Victor Espinoza, aboard 4-5 favorite Vagabond Shoes, who appeared full of run, eased his mount…



I Dazzle does in the Red Camelia; Albarado wins five

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Graham Ross
Fair Grounds

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Brent Gasaway et al.’s I Dazzle, now trained by Mike Stidham after arriving from a California campaign, proved herself a worthy favorite when she closed boldly to capture Saturday’s $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes by 1¼-lengths over a firm Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

The winner, ridden by seven-time Fair Grounds jockey champion Robby Albarado, who was scoring his fourth of five wins for the day, was…