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   Exotic Animals Return Saturday, Aug. 16, 4 pm post-time


T M Ranch's Heza Louisiana Dash finished at the top of the class in trials for the September 5 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Sales Futurity on Friday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Trained by Kenny Roberts, Heza Louisiana Dash stopped the clock in 17.331 seconds in the ninth of ten trials, taking the top spot away from Mykelia Carter and Roderick L. Carter's Louisiana Jambalaya, trained by Justin Dehart, who had held the top spot until that point with his time of 17.387 seconds in the second trial of the day.

The competition didn't end with the last of the ten trials, as Hallowed, trained by Jorge Lopez, crossed the wire third in the finale with a time of 17.600 seconds, earning him a tie with the Bobby Martinez charge Coonascorona, who competed the 350 yard trip in the exact same time, for the last of ten spots in the LQHBA Sales Futurity.

After the races, a shake was conducted by racing secretary Jason Boulet to determine which of those two runners would qualify, and Coonascorona's name was drawn as the winner. Hallowed, by virtue of losing that shake, will be the first qualifier for the $30,000 LQHBA Sales Invitational which serves as a consolation for the 11th through 20th finishers in Friday's trials.

The ten qualifiers for the September 5 LQHBA Sales Futurity are:

1. Heza Louisiana Dash (Trainer: Kenny Roberts) – 17.331
2. Louisiana Jambalaya (Trainer: Justin Dehart) – 17.387
3. Rbd Fastestdashndeb (Trainer: William McIntosh) – 17.444
4. Hang On and Hush Up (Trainer: Vann Haywood) – 17.460
5. Jeti Luke (Trainer: Octavio Saenz, Jr.) – 17.499
6. Party With Braxton (Trainer: Noe Sanchez) – 17.520
7. Hezarunnintoachieve (Trainer: Miguel Rodriguez) – 17.542
8. Prize Winning Dash (Trainer: Kenny Roberts) – 17.582
9. Special Game Man (Trainer: Kenny Roberts) – 17.599
10. Coonascorona (Trainer: Bobby Martinez) – 17.600

Live racing resumes Saturday with a special 4:00pm post time. The Audubon Stakes and the Treme Stakes will highlight the racing card, and exotic animal races will also be conducted throughout the evening, with racing zebras and ostriches entertaining the crowd between quarter horse races.


Exotic Animal Racing

Back by popular demand, exotic racing, which will again be emcee’d by Travers Mackel, will provide a crowd favorite set of two races added to the card Saturday, August 16th.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early as races are currently scheduled to run just after 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively.  In addition, the first-ever Pony Hop Race will be held after the 7th race and will give lucky participants a chance to show off their individual balancing acumen while bouncing down the main track toward the finish line.  On August 16 only, Food Truck fare will be provided by local favorite, Crepes a la Carte and Messina’s.  The Clubhouse Dining Room will also offer a family-friendly limited menu inclusive of mini-pizza, chicken quesadilla, pulled pork po-boy, Thai chili or BBQ wings, Nathans® chili cheese hot dogs, chili cheese fries, supreme nachos and drunken shrimp cocktail. Concessions stands will also be open and snow-balls and frozen margaritas will be available in the Paddock.  The reservation line is now open for dining room tables with purchase of Clubhouse Admission are available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. by calling 504-948-1024. Private Suites and rooms are available and may be reserved by calling Group Sales at 504-948-1285.


Tickets and Pricing

First post on August 16 is 4 p.m. Exotic animal races are set to post after 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and the Pony Hop Race around 8 p.m., but are subject to change. All other Quarter Horse racing days’ first post time is 12:30pm and includes August 15, 21-23, 27-30 & September 3-5 (all times Central Daylight Time). General Admission for live racing is free except for the exotic animal racing night, August 16, when General Admission is $5. Kids 12 and under get in free for General Admission only. General Admission tickets are currently available for sale at fgno.com/tickets.  Clubhouse Admission is $10 for adults and $10 for kids, ages 5-12.  Kids under age 5 get in for free. All Grandstand and Clubhouse box seats and open seating are first-come, first-served with general admission.  Exotic animal breed is subject to availability and change.  All rights reserved.


About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 11 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The seventh Summer Quarter Horse Meet runs Aug. 15 to Sep 5. The 143rd Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 102nd running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 2014 through March 2015. More information can be found online at www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.

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