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Delaunay Fair Grounds Thanksgiving Handicap Sidelined since August when he was third as the favorite in a $100,000 stakes race at Mountaineer, Delauney will try to return to his winning ways as he faces eight others in the 2014 running of the Thanksgiving Handicap at New Orleans Fair Grounds.

Gantry, winner of the Thanksgiving day feature here last year and runner-up to Delauney in the 2012 running, returns from a five month layoff to defend his title.

As 7-year-olds, these two battle tested runners are nearing the end of their careers but the race doesn't offer much upside for any of the other runners.

Nates Mineshaft, at seven, is another runner who's long in the teeth, is 5 for 5 at Fair Grounds and comes into the race with two bullet workouts including a :47 flat 4 furlong move thirteen days ago. He's 0 for 2 at the distance with most of his wins at a mile or more.

Take It Like a Man comes in from Keeneland off a 7 furlong victory. He was claimed for $32,000 out of that race and has a win over the track. He's shortening up of a career high 102 speed figure and 6 furlongs might be his best distance.

Heitai, the 2 to 1 second choice, has a string of 100 plus speed figures in his most recent races and the speed to lead from the start and has beaten several of these including favorite Delaunay.

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They're Off at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown

Monday marked the return of live thoroughbred racing to Austintown, Ohio and the hope of the Ohio Racing Commission that Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will improve the odds for success of racing in the state.

From the article:

"The Mahoning Valley opener is the culmination of a three- to four-year journey, and now we're opening this fabulous facility..."

Following what is fast becoming a pattern in the gaming industry, Mahoning Valley Race Course combines casino games with horse racing to form what has been cleverly called a racino like the one at Delta Downs owned and operated by Boyd Gaming and home of the G3 $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot.

Hollywood Gaming assumed the racing dates when Penn National Gaming moved the dates Beulah Park had after their 2014 season ended.

7 year-old gelding Baby Time crossed the wire first in the first race around the 1 mile oval to give him his fifth win in 10 starts this season.

Read the full story here.

Ocho Ocho Ocho Wins G3 $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot

Ocho Ocho Ocho takes the 2014 running of the G3 Delta Downs Jackpot for 2-year-olds and earned 10 points towards a start in the 2015 Kentucky Derby.

Under Mike Smith, the winner broke sharply from the outside post and held off the late charging Mr. Z at the wire.

According to his trainer, Jim Cassidy, Ocho Ocho Ocho will be pointed to the Santa Anita Derby on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

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Fair Grounds Racing Kicks off it's 143 Season on Nov. 21 in New Orleans

Fair Grounds Race CourseFair Grounds Race Course & Slots will begin its 143rd season of Thoroughbred racing on Friday, Nov. 21.

The marquis race of the 81-day meet is the G2 $750,000 Louisiana Derby which will be run on closing weekend and will be worth 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points for the winner.

Other stakes races include the Lecomte Stakes, a G3 race for 3-year olds looking to earn points towards the Derby, and the G2 Risen Star Stakes offering Kentucky Derby hopefuls the chance to earn 50 points towards a possible entry into the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.

Horsemen interested in the full stakes schedule for the 2014-2015 Fair Grounds meet can find it here.

Breeders' Cup Classic bumping incident merits a closer look at California's racing rules

California Chrome in Breeders' Cup ClassicThe question is, 'When is a foul a foul?'" Rome told his radio listeners. "The message is, "'Take any edge you can get.'" -- Jim Rome, The Jim Rome Show

When $5 million is on the line it's no wonder we're still talking about Bayern's win in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

It was a rough start to what was supposed to be an easy win for Shared Belief. After all he was coming as the undisputed and undefeated winner of eight in a row and there was a lot more than another win on the line for the 3 year old son of and his co-owner, sports radio and TV host Jim Rome, who called it a "garbage result."

And though we don't think Rome was implying that team Bayern intentionally drifted in to Shared Belief at the start of the 1 1/4 mile race, there was immediate speculation and mention of this type of gamesmanship by NBC coverage analysts as Bayern made his way back to the winner's circle.

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