Purses Boosted for 19 Open Races on Stakes Schedule

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Fair Grounds has boosted the purses of 19 open-company races on its 2011-2012 stakes schedule released today. The 84-day 140th Thoroughbred Racing Season – running Nov. 24, 2011 to April 1, 2012 – will feature 60 stakes cumulatively worth $7.54 million, including six Claiming Crown stakes worth $500,000 to be hosted in New Orleans for the first time Dec. 3. The 99th renewal of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (Grade II) will be run April 1, 2012, the season’s final day.

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