Apart (Al Stall Jr.) – Five-year-old hit the board
in three Fair Ground stakes during the 2010-2011 season, including a
runner-up finish in the New Orleans Handicap (GII). The multiple graded
stakes winner won the Super Derby (GII) at three. This year he finished
second in the Evangeline Mile. Apart has been working steadily at Fair
Grounds since mid-October.
Bind (Stall) – Four-year-old broke his maiden at
Fair Grounds in February 2011 with a sensational 9 1/2-length win but
has been off since finishing second in a first-level allowance on the
2011 Kentucky Derby undercard. He has been working steadily at Fair
Grounds since mid-October for what will eventually be his first race in
at least 18 months.
Bourbon Courage (Kellyn Gorder) – Three-year-old
colt started his career with two resounding Fair Grounds wins at six
furlongs last season. He’s since found success around two turns,
including a five-length triumph in the $500,000 Super Derby (GII) at
Louisiana Downs in September. He was second in the $500,000 Indiana
Derby at Hoosier Park in October and has been working steadily at
Churchill in anticipation of the Nov. 23 Clark Handicap (GI).
Cease (Stall) – Three-year-old finished second to
Pool Play last time out in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (GII). In March he won
the Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston. Cease is currently at Churchill
Downs preparing for the Nov. 23 Clark Handicap (GI).
Dubious Miss (Paul McGee) – Eight-year-old gelding
won an allowance race at the end of the last Fair Grounds meet but has
been working toward a comeback for more than a month. He has hit the
board in the last three runnings of the Fair Grounds Handicap (GIII) and
the last two renewals of the Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (GIII), both
on turf, but still seeks his first Fair Grounds stakes win.
Fast Alex (Greg Geier) – Last season, this
5-year-old won the Tenacious Handicap before finishing second in both
the Louisiana and Mineshaft handicaps. He’s been working in Chicago and
is expected in New Orleans once the Hawthorne Race Course horses are
cleared to travel.
Golden Yank (Gary Thomas) – Seven-year-old gelding
is a veteran of 25 starts in stakes throughout the Midwest and Southwest
but visits New Orleans for the first time dince the 2009 Colonel E.R.
Bradley Handicap with the string of new Fair Grounds trainer Gary
Hero of Order (Gennadi Dorochenko) – Three-year-old
colt pulled off a 109-1 shocker in March’s $1 million Louisiana Derby
(GII). Finished second to Hansen in June’s $250,000 Iowa Derby (GIII)
but has been away from the races since fading to fifth in September’s
Super Derby. Hero of Order posted a three-furlong work at Fair Grounds
on Nov. 5 and is nominated to the Nov. 23 Woodchopper on turf.
Macho Macho (Steve Asmussen) – Gray 3-year-old broke
his maiden at Fair Grounds in February and went on to win the $750,000
West Virginia Derby (GII). He then finished a solid second in the $1
million Pennsylvania Derby (GII) in his most recent start.
Mark Valeski (Larry Jones) – Three-year-old
runner-up in this year’s Risen Star Stakes (GII) and Louisiana Derby
(GII) was last seen winning the Peter Pan (GII) at Belmont in May.
Nehro (Asmussen) – As a 3-year-old in 2011, Nehro
finished second in the Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky derbies, all in
the span of five weeks. He easily won his 4-year-old debut at Fair
Grounds in February and just missed by a nose in the $300,000 Pimlico
Special (GIII) in May. He was last seen in June’s Stephen Foster
Handicap at Churchill Downs, finishing sixth.
Prayer for Relief (Asmussen) – Like Nehro, Prayer
for Relief is a 4-year-old owned by Zayat Stables. At three, he reeled
off three straight rich stakes wins in the Iowa (GIII), West Virginia
(GII) and Super (GII) derbies. This year he hit the board in a pair of
Grade II stakes for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita, the San Fernando and the
Strub, and a pair of Grade II stakes for older horses at Betfair
Hollywood Park, the Mervyn LeRoy and the Californian Stakes.
Suntracer (Neil Pessin) – Now four, last season’s
Woodchopper Stakes winner will enter the Fair Grounds meet off of two
six-figure stakes wins in Chicago. He is currently training at Hawthorne
awaiting clearance to leave for New Orleans.
Follow the link below for horses to watch in each meet-championship
division (except Claimer) during the upcoming 141st Thoroughbred Racing
Season, opening Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. This list is comprised of
horses expected at Fair Grounds based on stall applications, which are
submitted in the fall by each trainer, as well as other sources,
including published news reports, daily workout tabs and interviews with
horsemen. Horses (with trainer) are listed alphabetically within each