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JOE KRISTUFEK NAMED FAIR GROUNDS’ NEW RACING ANALYST

Joe Kristufek; Coady Photo NEW ORLEANS (December 31, 2017) – Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has officially named Joe Kristufek as the new racing analyst and paddock host for the 2017-18 Winter Meet. A native of Chicago, Kristufek began climbing the ladder at the city’s...
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TAMPA BAY: MUCH FOR FANS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2018; GALLARDO RED-HOT

By Mike Henry —- OLDSMAR, FL. – Although many music lovers are most familiar with the Bachman-Turner Overdrive version of “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” it might have been the “Greatest Showman” himself, P.T. Barnum himself, who coined the phrase. Regardless of its origins,...
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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES

By Ed Golden —- • VICTOR LOOKS FOR MORE VICTORIES IN 2018 • BLANC BIDS GOODBYE TO 2017 WITH A BANG • STEPH BEING STEPH DRILLS FOR SANTA YNEZ ESPINOZA LOOKS FORWARD TO THE NEW YEAR It’s light years from American Pharoah, California Chrome and Stellar Wind, champions all, but...
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Fair Grounds Barn Notes: Sunday, December 31, 2017

By Ryan Martin —- * Gun Runner, Seeking The Soul Resume Pegasus World Cup Preparations * Mr. Misunderstood, Hallie Belle Look Ahead Following Saturday’s Stakes Victories GUN RUNNER, SEEKING THE SOUL RESUME PEGASUS WORLD CUP PREPARATIONS Gun Runner; All photos by Hodges...
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CLASSY & WIDE OPEN FIELD OF 10 OLDER HORSES SET TO CONTEST $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES

By Mike Willman —- CLASSY & WIDE OPEN FIELD OF 10 OLDER HORSES SET TO CONTEST $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSE ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, MONDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2017)—The New Year gets underway with a bang on Monday at Santa...
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SANTA ANITA STAKES RECAPS: AMERICAN OAKS, FRANKEL

By Mike Willman —- Daddys Lil Darling; Zoe Metz Photo DADDYS LIL DARLING RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE I, $300,000 AMERICAN OAKS UNDER SMITH; KENTUCKY SHIPPER, TRAINED BY MCPEEK, GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 2:00.11 ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 30 2017)—Just when it looked like favored New...
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Fair Grounds Barn Notes: Saturday, December 30

By Ryan Martin —- Greeley Went West, Divine Bean Set For Rematch in Louisiana Futurity • Wonder Gadot Could Face Colts in Lecomte • Albarado Ships To Aqueduct on New Year’s Day For Jerome • Woodmans Luck Still Going Strong at Age 10 GREELEY WENT WEST, DIVINE BEAN SET FOR...
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TAMPA BAY: PAY ANY PRICE, SMILING CAUSEWAY BURN UP THE BLADES IN STAKES ACTION

By Mike Henry —- Pay Any Price; Tampa Bay Downs Photo OLDSMAR – Before he was claimed for $25,000 in July of 2016, according to co-owner Rich Averill, Pay Any Price was his own worst enemy. “He was a complete basket case,” Averill said after the 7-year-old Florida-bred...
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Fair Grounds Stakes Recaps: Woodchopper, Pago Pago

By Ryan Martin —- MR. MISUNDERSTOOD CONTINUES TURF DOMINATION IN WOODCHOPPER NEW ORLEANS (December 30, 2017) – Flurry Racing Stables LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood added yet another turf stakes victory to his resume and is now an unbeaten 8-for-8 on the grass after scoring a...
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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES

By Ed Golden —- HE QUALITY SEEMS RED HOT IN BLUE NORTHER ONE FAST BROAD BACK ON TURF FOR TEAM RUIS DESORMEAUX OFF AND WINNING AT SANTA ANITA BLUE NORTHER STAKES COULD MAKE THE GRADE Monday’s Joe Hernandez Stakes is a restricted race offering $75,000 in purse money, but...
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