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Posted by on 11/25/2013 8:16:49 PM

For those online sports betting site players that are seeking a little diversity as the racing action winds down this year, one could do worse than to check out the action in the Bayou at Fair Grounds.

The current race meet kicked off a couple of days ago and will run for 84 days until March 30. This is the 142nd storied season at Fair Grounds and 58 stakes will be carded.

The track itself is steeped in tradition. The main track is a mile over and the turf course and an abbreviated 7 furlongs. The distance from the last turn to the finish line is long at 1,346 feet so it can play fairly if conditions are right.

Before this year is out Fair Grounds will card its Louisiana Day races with several $100,000 events for state-breds. As the meet expands, the quality of the stakes will improve.

Several Graded races will be carded in late February ending with the Grade 2 Risen Star and the final weekend of action will take on some national importance, as older runners will be featured in the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap.

The curtain will come down on the stakes action at Fair Grounds with the Fair Grounds Oaks and the Louisiana Derby, which has played a pivotal part in the Triple Crown picture for decades.

Fair Grounds first opened in 1852, was once named Creole Race Course and racing was held there during the Civil War.

It is the third oldest race meet in the country behind Saratoga and Pimlico and the winner of the 1924 Kentucky Derby Black Gold is buried in the infield.

Traditionally, the track plays fair with a lean toward speed. If the track comes up sloppy those runners that have positional speed have a decided edge.

As far as the human element goes, Rosie Napravnik will be back to defend her riding title. The extreme-talented rider because the first female to win the riding title at Keeneland this year and it was no fluke. She can flat-out ride.

She ranks 5th among the leading riders in North America and her mounts this year have already won over $12 million. Online sports betting site players should be strict attention when Rosie is riding for Mike Maker.

Rosie’s husband Joe Sharp is an assistant for Maker and that just makes it one big happy family.

Last year, Rosie had 366 mounts at Fair Grounds and she reached the charmed winner’s circle 92 times for a 25% clip.

Of riders that had at least 100 mounts, that was by far the best winning percentage with the next being 20% recorded by Shaun Bridgmohan. James Graham was second in the standings last year and he is off to a nice start so far.

One rider players should pay attention to is David Flores. He was one of the best out West for years before his business soured but he can still horseback.

As far as the conditioners are concerned, there is no lack of quality horsemen in ‘Orleans. Last year Steve Asmussen and Brett Calhoun were tied when the smoke cleared with 33 winners and Tom Amoss, who saddled the least amount of horses of the 3 had 32 happy endings.

Maker won with 12 of his 42 starters, Todd Pletcher only send out 6 starters but 4 won and of those trainer that saddled at least 60 starters, Bernie Flint had the highest win percentage at 28%.

So, get out the crawfish, the gumbo and boot up the computer and make some money.

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