The much anticipated 85-day Fair Grounds meet kicks off on November 6th. Those who follow this blog know that I am the Louisiana Downs Track Handicapper, and just like last year I look forward to sharing my thoughts about the New Orleans oval as well.
One of the changes to the new meet is the Louisiana Derby. Formerly run at a mile and a sixteenth seven weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby, it will now be contested at nine furlongs five weeks before the first Saturday in May.
Exotic bettors should be happy to hear that a $1 Super High 5 will be offered on the final race of every card.
The opening day feature is the $60k Blushing K. D. for fillies and mares traveling a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Much Obliged is the 8-5 morning line favorite is the 10-horse field.
Some of the new faces in New Orleans will be Hall of Fame trainer Wayne Lukas, who will have a 30-horse string. General Quarters, last seen finishing 9th in the Preakness, is also on the grounds.
I will be following the Fair Grounds closely here, similar to my recap/preview blogs from Louisiana Downs.
For fans of Today’s Racing Digest, I will be posting daily free selections from Fair Grounds on their site, and my full card analysis will also be available to their customers. Click here to view my Digest Handicapper page.
I will be back later this week to preview the Nov 6th card, and note that the opening day card falls on the first day of the 2-day Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.
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