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Report: Churchill Downs Inc. Interested in Fair Grounds

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Churchill Downs Inc. has been in negotiations with Louisiana horsemen to acquire $90 million in legal claims against Fair Grounds, which shows CDI could be interested in purchasing Fair Grounds, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.

Badge of Silver Could be Back by Feb. 1

Badge of Silver, who hasn't raced since March of last year, had his first five furlong work in 1:00.60 last Wednesday. He's doing so well that his trainer, Ronny Werner, said he could make his comeback as early as Feb. 1 in the Whirlaway (gr. III) Handicap.

Team Valor Buys Half-Interest in Cartoonist

Team Valor has purchased a 50% interest in Cartoonist, who broke his maiden by two lengths at the Fair Grounds. The juvenile colt is a half-brother to multiple grade I winner Voodoo Dancer and is by Louisiana Derby (gr. III) winner Comic Strip.

Jackpot to Return; Similar Races Suggested for State

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The $1-million Delta Jackpot Dec. 5 at Delta Downs generated so much exposure and money for the racetrack that it will return next year, said general manager Jack Bernsmeier, who would like to see similar big-money races at all Louisiana tracks.

Louisiana Lawmaker Defends Racehorse Deal

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A Louisiana legislator said he and his partners received no income or preferential treatment through a deal in which Fair Grounds owners Bryan and Vickie Krantz paid their costs in connection with ownership of two Thoroughbred racehorses, the Times-Picayune reported.

Senate Committee Approves Slots for Fair Grounds

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A Louisiana Senate committee April 1 approved slot machines for Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The measure, which passed on a 4-2 vote, now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Kafwain DQ'd from Louisiana Derby; Baffert Wants Uniformity

The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Kafwain was disqualified from his second-place finish in the March 9 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds because he raced with an excessive amount of the bronchodilator clenbuterol. Trainer Bob Baffert did not appeal so Kafwain could make his next racing engagement, but he has called for uniformity in medication rules.

Fair Grounds Slots Bill Pre-Filed

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Among the bills pre-filed in advance of the general legislative session in Louisiana is a measure to allow slot machines at Fair Grounds, the Times-Picayune reported today.

Meche Returns To Track

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Jockey Donnie Meche will return to the saddle Feb. 22 at Fair Grounds for the first time since being suspended by the stewards at Delta Downs for six months. Meche was allowed to return to the track after receiving an injunction in a civil district court on Feb. 19.

Mountain General Sets Track Record in Fair Grounds Opener

Going into this week, trainer Steve Asmussen ranked second in the country in wins with 353. But none ran as fast as Mountain General on Thursday in Fair Grounds' traditional opening day feature, the $75,000 Thanksgiving Handicap.

Louisiana Downs Financial Investment May Increase

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Harrah's Entertainment may increase the initial $157 million it wants to spend on Louisiana Downs, the Bossier City racetrack it purchased this year. The casino company plans to install 1,500 slot machines at the track when the acquisition is complete.

Marie Krantz Leads Fair Grounds Hall of Fame Inductees

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Three individuals and one horse make up the newest induction class of Fair Grounds' Racing Hall of Fame members: Marie G. Krantz, Anthony L. Zuppardo, Francis P. Dunne, and Davona Dale make up this year's inductees.

Huffman, Boulet Join Fair Grounds Racing Staff

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Fair Grounds president and general manager Bryan Krantz announced Thursday that Ben Huffman has been added to the staff as stakes coordinator, and Jason Boulet will be assistant director of racing.

Huffman, Boulet Join Fair Grounds Racing Staff

Fair Grounds president and general manager Bryan Krantz announced Thursday that Ben Huffman has been added to the staff as stakes coordinator, and Jason Boulet will be assistant director of racing.

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