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Fair Grounds Announces 15% Across the Board Purse Increase
Strong Early Business Prompts Daily Bump
New Orleans (January 3, 2022) – Inspired by strong handle during the first five weeks of the 150th racing season, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a 15% purse increase across the board.
“We’re extremely excited to announce a 15% increase to our daily purse structure,” Fair Grounds’ racing secretary Scott Jones said. “Based on the strong early handle returns and continued support from our owners and horsemen, we are in a position to raise purses.”
The 15% across the board purse increase will go in effect immediately, beginning with the entries for the Thursday, January 13 card, which will be drawn on Thursday, January 6, 2022. Maiden special weight races will now be worth $52,000. The purse increase includes both open races and Louisiana-bred races.
About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, one of the nation’s oldest racetracks, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds, which is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN), also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 15 off-track betting parlors throughout Southeast Louisiana. The 150th Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 109th running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 25, 2021 through March 27, 2022. More information is available online at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.