Kevin Kilroy

Catching My Eye: Unpacking the Louisiana Derby

Thu Mar 28 2024Kevin Kilroy

Fair Grounds has signed off on its 152nd season, but with a series of prep races that have been as productive as any on the first weekend of May, it’s way too soon to turn the page. Here’s a bookmark for the 111th Louisiana Derby, which when the dust settles, I believe will rank as one of the best and most productive in recent memory.
Catching My Eye: Prices at Fair Grounds March 6 - March 10

Thu Mar 14 2024Kevin Kilroy

Prices were coming home last week at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Here’s a look at some of the top performers who outran their odds.
NHC Horseplayers to descend upon Las Vegas, including two from TwinSpires Qualifier

Fri Mar 08 2024Kevin Kilroy

The most prestigious handicapping tournament of the year is taking place March 15-17 in Las Vegas.
Catching My Eye: Stakes Action and Foley’s Big Week at Fair Grounds

Tue Mar 05 2024Kevin Kilroy

Scheduled for the turf but moved to a muddy main track, two of the three stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday were won impressively.
Catching My Eye: La-bred Stakes and Turf Winners from Fair Grounds

Wed Feb 28 2024Kevin Kilroy

FInd out more on Kevin Kilroy's thoughts surrounding turf winners from Fair Grounds.
Catching My Eye: What Did We Learn from The Risen Star?

Thu Feb 22 2024Kevin Kilroy

Billed as the most-stacked Kentucky Derby Prep race to date, what did we learn from Saturday’s Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds?
Catching My Eye: Ova Charged and Doncho on Mardi Gras Day at Fair Grounds

Thu Feb 15 2024Kevin Kilroy

In the $100,000 Mardi Gras Stakes, among the field of nine fillies and mares, one of them didn’t fit, one of them didn’t belong, one of them was not like the others, but one of them absolutely romped.
Catching My Eye: Front-running monster Pink Polkadots and three others from Fair Grounds Feb. 1 - 4

Tue Feb 06 2024Kevin Kilroy

We have seen several impressive up-and-coming turf routers so far this meet. St. Armands Key and Ocean Victory come to mind quickly, but two others as well--Pink Polkadots and Le Gris.
Catching My Eye: Cox firster, Asmussen’s Guns A’blazing, Double DeVaux at Fair Grounds

Tue Jan 30 2024Kevin Kilroy

A handful of runs on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Fair Grounds Race Course caught my eye.
Catching My Eye: Asmussen has two pointed for Risen Star

Sat Jan 27 2024Kevin Kilroy

In the end, the Lecomte (G3) didn’t tell me much besides reinforcing a lesson I thought I had etched into my skull.
Catching My Eye: Fair Grounds Top Performers Week of Jan. 4 - Jan. 7

Thu Jan 11 2024Kevin Kilroy

Top honors this week go to Maycocks Bay. The Godolphin homebred trained by Mike Stidham put his name on the map in a big way beating home two quality colts trained by Brad Cox and Keith Desormeaux in Blown Cover and Hawkes Creek.
Catching My Eye: Fair Grounds winners who look ready for stakes company

Fri Jan 05 2024Kevin Kilroy

The racing last week at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots was excellent, and a handful of winners look primed to try stakes company next out. Here’s who caught my eye.
Catching My Eye: How the Gun Runner Pace Unfolded

Tue Dec 26 2023Kevin Kilroy

In order to get a clear handle on what happened in the Gun Runner last Saturday at Fair Grounds, we need to keep in mind the old adage: it's not how fast they run but how they run fast.