FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Joe Kristufek
Racing Analyst/Media Relations
FAIR GROUNDS TO OFFER GUARANTEED
PICK FOUR POOLS ON SATURDAY’S
“LOUISIANA DERBY PREVIEW DAY” CARD
$400,000 for the “All Graded Stakes” Late Pick Four
(races 10-13) and $100,000 for the Pick Four covering races 7-10
New Orleans (February 12, 2020) – Guaranteed pools of $100,000 (races 7-10) and $400,000 (races 10-13) respectively will be offered on the final two Pick Four wagers on Saturday’s “Louisiana Derby Preview Day” card at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Race 10, the Fair Grounds (G3), is a part of both of these Pick Fours. The minimum Pick Four wager is 50-cents.
$100,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool – Races 7-10 (48 total betting interests, average of 12 per race). Scheduled post time for race seven is 2:59 p.m. CT (3:59 p.m. ET).
- Race 7 – Maiden special weight, 3yo’s, 6 furlongs. 11 horses entered with ten betting interests. Verb is the 7-2 morning line favorite with seven others installed between 4-1 and 10-1.
- Race 8 – The Albert M. Stall Memorial, f&m, 4yo & up, 1 1/16 miles turf, 16 horses entered including two also eligibles. The 5/2 morning line favorite is defending champ Mitchell Road followed by Zofelle at 9/2 and Quebec at 6-1.
- Race 9 – The Mineshaft (G3), 4yo & up, 1 1/16 miles, 11 horses entered (Captivating Moon is cross-entered in the Fair Grounds). Defending champ Silver Dust is the 5-2 morning line favorite with seven others installed between 4-1 and 10-1.
- Race 10 – The Fair Grounds (G3), 4yo & up, 1 1/8 miles turf, 14 horses entered (Captivating Moon is cross-entered in the Mineshaft). Two-time defending champ Synchrony is the 3-1 morning line favorite with five others installed between 9-2 and 10-1.
$400,000 Guaranteed “All Graded Stakes” Pick Four Pool – Races 10-13 (44 total betting interests, average of 11 per race). Scheduled post time for race ten is 4:32 p.m. CT (4:32 p.m. ET).
- Race 10 – The Fair Grounds (G3), 4yo & up, 1 1/8 miles turf, 14 horses entered (Captivating Moon is cross-entered in Mineshaft). Two-time defending champ Synchrony is the 3-1 morning line favorite with five others installed between 9-2 and 10-1.
- Race 11 – The Rachel Alexandra (G2) presented by Fasig-Tipton, 3yo fillies, 1 1/16 miles, seven horses entered. The morning line favorite at 8-5 is Eclipse Award Two-Year-Old Filly Champion British Idiom and the close second choice at 2-1 is three-time stakes winner Finite. None of the other five are higher that 12-1.
- Race 12 – Division one of The Risen Star (G2) presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln, 3yo’s, 1 1/8 miles, 11 horses entered. Lecomte (G3) winner Enforceable is the lukewarm 7-2 morning line favorite, with six others installed between 4-1 and 10-1.
- Race 13 — Division two of The Risen Star (G2) presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln, 3yo’s, 1 1/8 miles, 12 horses entered. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) runner-up Anneau d’Or is the 9-5 morning line favorite with seven others installed between 9-2 and 10-1.
There are seven total stakes on the 13-race “Louisiana Derby Preview Day” card. The split divisions of the Risen Star (G2) presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln are each worth a total of 85 points (50-20-10-5) on the Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and the Rachel Alexandra (G2) presented by Fasig-Tipton is worth 85 points (50-20-10-5) on the Road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks.
Doors will open at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, and first post is noon CT. General admission is $5.00, $10.00 admission to the Club House, and children 12 and under are free. Tickets and box reservations may be made in advance at www.fgno.com and Club House dining reservations may be made by calling 504-943-2200.
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 is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global
Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 13 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 148th Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 107 th running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 28, 2019 through March 29, 2020. More information can be found online at www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.
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