Fair Grounds Announces 2020-21 Racing and Stakes Schedule

“Road to the Derby” Series Highlighted on Fair Grounds’
76-Day, 2020-21 Thoroughbred Racing Schedule

2020-21 STAKES SCHEDULE worth $7.13 MILLION

NEW ORLEANS (October 8, 2020) – Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced that 51 stakes worth a combined $7.055 million will be offered during the upcoming 76-day 2020-21 Thoroughbred racing season, which is set to begin Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26.

“We are proud to once again continue our growth and support of the Thoroughbred racing industry with our purse allocations and this diverse and dynamic stakes schedule” said Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots president Doug Shipley. “We look forward to our 149th racing season and the continuation of bringing many of the best horsemen and jockeys from around the world to enjoy the high caliber racing at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.”

The “Louisiana Derby Day” card on March 20 will feature eight stakes worth a total of $2.425 million, including the 108th running of the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby for 3-year-olds.

Previously run over nine furlongs on dirt, the distance of Louisiana Derby was extended to 1 3/16ths miles last season. The third and final local prep on the Road to the Grade I $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, the race is worth 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers. Run at 1 1/16 miles, the 53rd running of the Grade II $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks for 3-year-old fillies offers the same number of points en route to the Grade I $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks.

“Lengthening the distances of all three of our Road to the Derby races proved to be quite popular with the horsemen,” said Fair Grounds racing secretary Scott Jones. “The Lecomte drew 14 entries, the Risen Star had 23 entries and was split into two divisions, and the Louisiana Derby had an overflow field. Our progressive schedule of 3-year-old races for both the boys and girls gives horsemen a great opportunity to develop their horses and compete for excellent purses.”

A pair of nine furlong, high-impact stakes for older horses are also scheduled on the Louisiana Derby Day program – the Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Classic and the Grade II $300,000 Muniz Memorial Stakes, to be run over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course. In addition, four undercard stakes are slated for the lucrative card, including the $100,000 Tom Benson Memorial for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on grass and a trio of Louisiana-bred events – the $75,000 Costa Rising Stakes, a 5½-furlong turf sprint, the $75,000 Crescent City Derby for 3-year-old males at 1 1/16 miles and the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks for females at 1 mile and 70 yards.

On January 16, the “Road to the Derby Kickoff Day presented by Hotel Monteleone” features a pair of key 3-year-old events — the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes, which was extended from a mile to 1 1/16 miles last season, and the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes for fillies at 1 mile and 70 yards. The top four finishers in each race receive 10-4-2-1 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks respectively.

Four stakes for older horses will also be presented on the January 16 program, including the $125,000 Louisiana Stakes, which was elevated to Grade III status and received a $25,000 purse increase, at 1 1/16 miles, the $125,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Stakes at 1 1/16 miles over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course, the $100,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf and the $100,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on grass.

On February 13, “Louisiana Derby Preview Day presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln” features a pair of key 3-year-old stakes — the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln, which was extended from 1 1/16 to 1 1/8 miles last season, and the Grade II $300,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes presented by Fasig-Tipton, for fillies to be contested over 1 1/16 miles. The top four finishers receive 50-20-10-5 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks respectively.

The Rachel Alexandra has produced the last two of the last three Kentucky Oaks winners in Monomoy Girl and Serengeti Empress and 2014 victress Untapable also took down the Run for the Lilies. Our 2020 third place finisher Swiss Skydiver has gone on to win five graded stakes, including the Alabama (G1) in advance of a runner-up finish in in the Oaks, and the Preakness (G1) against the boys. With such a stellar history of recent participants, Fair Grounds remains hopeful the Rachel Alexandra will soon achieve Grade I status is deserves.

Four stakes for older horses will also be presented on the February 13 program — the Grade III $200,000 Mineshaft Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, the Grade III $150,000 Fair Grounds Stakes for at nine furlongs on turf, the $100,000 Colonel Power Stakes at 5½ furlongs on turf and the $100,000 Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

The December 19 “Santa Super Saturday presented by Coca-Cola” card offers a six-pack of $75,000 stakes. Four of the races are for older horses — the Tenacious Stakes at 1 1/16ths miles, the Richard R. Scherer Memorial Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, the Blushing K.D. for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf, and the Buddy Diliberto Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf. The other two are six furlong events for juveniles – the Sugar Bowl Stakes for the boys and the Letellier Memorial Stakes for the girls.

Louisiana Champions Day presented by Acadian Ambulance will be held on December 14. With the races run over various divisions and distances on both dirt and turf, the program features ten stakes restricted to Louisiana-breds. Each Louisiana Champions Day stakes is worth $100,000 with the exception of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic, which carries a $150,000 purse.

The purse for the opening day Thanksgiving Classic for older male sprinters has been increased $25,000 to $125,000. The $60,000 Shantel Lanerie, to be run on March 21, has been repurposed as a route race for older Louisiana-bred fillies and mares.

The 76-day, 2020-2021 Fair Grounds racing season runs through Sunday, March 28. Regular post time will be 1 p.m. CT. The exceptions are Louisiana Derby Preview Day (February 13 at noon CT) and Louisiana Derby Day (March 20 at 11 a.m. CT).

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October Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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Oct 1

  • 2020-21 Membership Dues are now past due. Fees are now $85.
  • Louisiana Champions Day Early Bird Nominations are due
  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 12:00 noon Boutin’s, Carencro

Oct  12

  • Columbus Day

Oct 15

  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register Stallion Submissions are due
  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register Farm and Service Directory submissions are due along with payment

Oct 16

  • Consignment Deadline. Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. NEW Sale Date, Nov. 21

Oct  17

  • Fair Grounds, Deadline for Stall Application

Oct 26

  • Fair Grounds, Barn Area Opens

Oct 31

  • Halloween

 

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September Calendar of Events from the LTBA

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September 4

  • Equine Sales Open Yearling and Mixed Sale Consignment Deadline

September 5

  • Kentucky Derby

September 7

  • Labor Day

September 10 and 11

  • Backside Benevolent Fund at Louisiana Downs, Chaplains Awards Banquet. To be held on consecutive nights at the church on Louisiana Downs Backside. Dinner 7:00.  Tickets $40 each. Limited to 100 guests each night. Contact Loretta Romero for tickets or more information. 318-470-2002

September 19

  • Louisiana Cup Day.  Louisiana Downs, Bossier City. 1st Post 3:15 p.m. Six stakes races for Accredited Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds worth total purses of $240,000

September 23

  • Louisiana Downs, final day of 2020 Thoroughbred Meet

September 26

  • National Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Assoc. (TOBA) Awards Virtual ceremony hosted by Gabby Gaudet at Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa
    Brittlyn, Inc. to be honored as the recipients of the 2019 TOBA Award for the State of Louisiana.

September 30

  • 2020-21 LTBA Regular Membership Applications and Renewals Due.  $75 before Sept. 30/$85 after Sept 30.

October 1

  • Louisiana Champions Day Early Bird Nominations are due

 

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Ninety One Assault Takes Louisiana Champions Day Turf

Louisiana Champions Day Turf
Fair Grounds, 12-14-19, @ 8.5 furlongs, turf
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $100,000

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Ninety One Assault, with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard, wins the 29th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Turf at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

NINETY ONE ASSAULT
Artie Schiller–Lilly Ladue
Breeder: Richey & Strode Stables, LLC
Owner: Thomas Morley and Paul Braverman
Trainer: Thomas Morley
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

2nd
Remembermis
Misremembered–School Girl
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Raise the BAR Racing, LLC
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie

3rd
Budro Talking
Tale of Ekati–American Placed
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Jason S. Guidry and Karl Broberg
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

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Laughingsaintssong Fastest In Louisiana Champions Day Sprint

Louisiana Champions Day Sprint
Fair Grounds, 12-14-19, 6 furlongs
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $100,000

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Laughingsaintssong, with Colby Hernandez aboard, wins the 29th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

LAUGHINGSAINTSONG
Songandaprayer–Laughing Saint
Breeder: J. E. Jumonville Jr. & Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

2nd
Takes Two to Tango
Half Ours–Doyouwanttodance
Breeder: Melissa Cantacuzene
Owner: Melissa Cantacuzene
Trainer: J. Luis Garcia
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
Double Barrel Man
Musket Man–Double Points Day
Breeder: Michele Rodriguez
Owner: GK Racing LLC
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Jack Gilligan

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Net A Bear Nets Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf

Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf
Fair Grounds, 12-14-19, @ 8.5 furlongs, turf
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, Fillies and Mares, $100,000

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Net A Bear, with Florent Geroux aboard, wins the 29th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

NET A BEAR
Awesome Bet–Edacious Reality
Breeder: Lora Pitre & Elaine Carroll
Owner: Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Florent Geroux

2nd
Room to Finish
Giant Oak–Can’t Roll a Seven
Breeder: Mike Meeks
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds, Forge Ahead Stables, LLC and Jerry Caroom
Trainer: Wayne M. Catalano
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

3rd
Eskenformore
Eskendereya–Madel
Breeder: Sugarland Thoroughbred, LLC
Owner: Sugarland Thoroughbreds LLC
Trainer: James E. Hodges
Jockey: James Graham

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Pound For Pound Edges Trevilion for Louisiana Champions Day Classic Victory

Louisiana Champions Day Classic
Fair Grounds, 12-14-19, 1 mile and 1/8
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $150,000

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Pound For Pound, with Aubrie Green aboard, wins the 29th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

POUND FOR POUND
Redding Colliery–Buttercup’s Song
Breeder: J. Adcock & B&B Bloodstock
Owner: Israel Flores Horses LLC
Trainer: Andrea Ancil Ali
Jockey: Aubrie Green

2nd
Trevilion
Lone Star Special–Spotsylvania
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
Underpressure
Birdstone–Charming Colleen
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie

 

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Minit To Stardom Awarded Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint Win

Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf
Fair Grounds, 12-14-19, 6 furlongs
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, Fillies and Mares, $100,000

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Minit To Stardom, with Alex Cintron on board, wins the 14th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

MINIT TO STARDOM
Star Guitar–Wild About Marie
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: Alex Cintron

2nd
Midnight Fantasy
Midnight Lute–St. Jean
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Carl R. Moore Management LLC
Trainer: Joe Sharp
Jockey: Adam Beschizza

3rd
Ours to Run
Half Ours–Brown Eyed Baby
Breeder: Clifford Grum
Owner: Colonel Thoroughbreds LLC
Trainer: J. Larry Jones
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

 

Minit to Stardom capped a three-race win streak with a 1 1/2length victory in the July 24 GII Honorable Miss H. She was second in the Sept. 22 GII Gallant Bloom H. and most recently captured a Laurel allowance Nov. 8. The bay filly pressed Midnight Fantasy through fractions of :21.64 and :44.67. Minit to Stardom briefly got a head in front in upper stretch and, as Midnight Fantasy battled back from the inside, was bumped as that foe drifted out. Strides later, Midnight Fantasy once again drifted out and impeded Minit to Stardom. The pacesetter ultimately was two lengths in front at the wire, but was disqualified and placed second as Minit to Stardom was promoted to the victory.

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Chimney Rock Victorious in Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes

Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile
Fair Grounds, 12-14-19, 6 fulrongs
Two Year Old, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $100,000

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Chimney Rock, with Florent Geroux aboard, wins the 29th running of Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile. Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski

CHIMNEY ROCK
Artie Schiller–What’s Your Point
Breeder: Stargazers, LLC & Clear Creek Stud, LLC
Owner: Three Diamonds Farm
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
Jockey: Florent Geroux

2nd
Binding Agreement
Bind–Fairyland Lustre
Breeder: Columbine Stable, LLC
Owner: Columbine Stable LLC
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

3rd
Outofmybind
Bind–Morning Memory
Breeder: Richard Ringo
Owner: Richard Ringo
Trainer: James E. Hodges
Jockey: James Graham

 

Chimney Rock, a maiden winner over the Saratoga turf Sept. 1, was a narrowly beaten second just a week later in the Sept. 7 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint S. and again in the Oct. 6 Indian Summer S. at Keeneland. He was beaten three-quarters of a length when second behind Four Wheel Drive (American Pharoah) in the Nov. 1 GII Breeders= Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint last time out. Making his first attempt on dirt since a third-place finish on debut in the Belmont slop in late June, the bay colt raced off the pace while three wide down the backstretch. He moved up four wide to challenge for the lead at the top of the stretch and powered clear to a much-the-best victory.

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Vacherie Girl Wins Louisiana Champions Day Lassie

Louisiana Champions Day Lassie
Fair Grounds, 12-14,19, 6 furlongs
Two-Year-Old, Accredited Louisiana Bred, Fillies, $100,000

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Vacherie Girl, with Florent Geroux aboard, wins the 29th running of Louisiana Champions Day Lassie at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

VACHERIE GIRL
Tapiture–Saucey Officer
Breeder: Georgia Farms Inc
Owner: L. William and Corinne Heiligbrodt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Florent Geroux

2nd
Our Lost Love
Half Ours–Lost Love Baby
Breeder: Tri-Star Racing LLC
Owner: Tri-Star Racing, LLC
Trainer: Joseph M. Foster
Jockey: Mitchell Murrill

3rd
Sincerity
Mucho Macho Man–Hartfelt
Breeder: Adcock’s Red River Farm, LLC & J. Adcock
Owner: Windylea Farm, LLC
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Kent J. Desormeaux

 

Vacherie Girl closed stoutly to record a 6 1/2-length debut win while facing state-bred foes going 5 1/2 furlongs at this track Nov. 28. The chestnut filly raced in the clear at midpack as the field split into two groups down the backstretch. She surged into contention on the turn and closed determinedly down the lane to get on top in the final strides. Vacherie Girl, the second stakes winner for her freshman sire (by Tapit), was purchased for $87,000 following a :10 1/5 work at this year’s OBS June sale.

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