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Horse Racing Betting - Fair Grounds Nuances

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 11/28/2012 5:43:32 PM

One of the little gems during the racing season happens at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana and this meet, which started on Thanksgiving, will roll with quality through March 31 for online sports betting players to scrutinize.

There is a long and storied history at this track as the original venue on the site, Union Race Course, was in operation in 1852.

The track itself is conventional dirt at one mile with a 7-furlong turf oval. And the notorious even roamed the grandstand back in the day.

George Smith, otherwise known as the betting guru “Pittsburgh Phil”, Mose Gunst and John ‘Bet a Million’ Gates were sending in a ton of money at Fair Grounds in years past. And even cowboys got in on the action as Frank James, brother of legend Jesse James, was appointed a betting commissioner at the track.

Over the years the Fair Grounds surface has played pretty fair. You can win from on or off the pace on the main track but if there is anything close to a lot of speed in a race on grass, lean toward runners that can pass horses in the lane.

The riders at this meet have always been of high talent but there are some changes. Gone are Robby Albarado, Corey Lanerie and BC Classic winning rider Brian Hernandez Jr. but the new faces are also win machines.

David Cohen, who cut his teeth out West, but now has thrived in New York with ride first call for potent trainer Larry Jones.

Leandro Goncalves, the monster of the Midwest, will be eating gumbo on his days off when he rides this meet and up and coming superstar Rosie Napravnik will make her winter home among the Cajuns.

Trainer Steve Asmussen will have a bull’s eye on his back as he has won the last 7 training titles here but he will be pushed this horse betting season.

Tom Amoss always spots his horses cleverly, Al Stall has been winning races around these parts for years and Wayne Catalano will be revving up his barn for a high potent meeting.

There are some other trainers this meet that will fly under the radar. Michelle Lovell is one of them.

Last season she sent out 53 starters and greeted 15 of them in the winner’s circle. And another 14 raced in the money. She is very good with debut runners, can get a horses to win consistently off a layoff of about 2 months and is extremely potent with runners that had been racing in Maiden Special Weight land and then show up in a maiden claimer.

Trainer Ron Faucheux even had more gaudy figures that Lovell. His 56 starters at the meet last season won 32% of the time. He has a very good eye for a claim but is even more potent with second off the claim runners.

He has been known to get runners fit on dirt, and then switch to the turf and score and when he adds blinks, players have to pay serious attention. The last thing to look for with Faucheux runners is when he brings runners back after a 6 week to 6-month layoff. When those runners make their second off the layoff start, they are very live.

Faucheux already has a horse to watch at this meet. He saddled first time Letter Loose in the opener on Friday and the runner showed keen speed to lead for a half before ending up dead short. She will be tough next time if she gets loose on the lead.

Online sports betting sites players have to resist the temptation to just bet the Asmussen runners but delve deep and try to get some little barns home at a price.

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