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New Orleans Fair Ground Betting - The Big Easy

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 12/19/2011 5:01:07 PM
New Orleans Fair Ground Betting

The Big Easy, also known as The Crescent City or Nawlins is the home of the Fair Grounds Race Course and those looking for some spicy sports betting action have this venue to consider until late March.

Known then as the Union Course, thoroughbred racing started at that track now known as the Fair Grounds way back in 1853.

Forty years later racing charts appeared in local papers for the first time and notorious cowboy Pat Garret, who killed Billy the Kid, raced a stable in the beginning decades at the Fair Grounds.

In recent years, the Fair Grounds has been a good spot for young horses to mature and that’s one reason why online sportsbook players should pay attention to this meet.

War Emblem won at Fair Grounds during the 2001-02 meet and then went on to take the Kentucky Derby. The Louisiana Derby second Funny Cide won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 2003.

As for the older set, Rachel Alexandra became the first reigning Horse of the Year to start at Fair Grounds since 1942 but was defeated in her 4-year-old debut.

This season, the Louisiana Derby will carry a $1 million purse and should bring together a full field of aspiring runners.

As far as wagering this year at the Fair Grounds, there are some unique trends about this track. Last season for instance, the top 5 jockeys in the colony won nearly half of all the races.

Runners that ship in from Arlington Park in Chicago, especially early in the meeting, seem to excel in numbers year in and year out.

Racehorses that come to the meeting fresh can pop and sometimes at prices. Local horsemen often will shelf their runners well before Thanksgiving and bring them in for the bigger paydays.

As far as conditioners go at Fair Grounds, players can start with the sports betting online A’s like Tom Amoss, Albert Stall and Steven Asmussen and move on to the B’s like Brent Calhoun and have a solid nucleus of success.

Amoss, who has won meetings locally 9 prior times, and Stall, who trained Blame to beat the great Zenyatta in the BC Classic, are off to great starts this season.

Combined they won with 11 of the first 33 starters they saddled.

Asmussen has not had many starters to this point but is seeking his fifth straight training title.

As for Calhoun, he had a breakout year in 2010 winning two Breeders’ Cup races and he has finished second to Asmussen in the standings here three times.

The ladies are well represented at this meet as far as the chauffeurs are concerned, as Rosie Napravnik will try to defend her riding title at Fair Grounds.

With her 110 wins last season, she became the first woman to finish on top, proved her cool winning the Louisiana Derby and is off to a good start leading the league already. Her success is no fluke as she had previously won riding titles at Delaware, Pimlico and Laurel.

The venerable Robby Albarado is the all-time stakes-winning rider at Fair Grounds and will have his pick of the prime mounts once again.

Look for speed to be prominent on the main and turf course but you can come from the clouds with a fast enough pace. Inside posts on the main track are generally the places to be.

So kick back, relax, enjoy the vibes and win some cash this meet enjoying The Big Easy.

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