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Purses to Increase at Fair Grounds

The overnight purses will jump by 20 percent in the upcoming meet.

(Edited press release)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced purses for its 137th season of Thoroughbred racing, which begins Nov. 14.

Daily overnight purses offered at the New Orleans track will average approximately $300,000, which is a 20% increase over the $249,000 per day average paid in 2007-08. In addition, a stakes schedule worth $6.6 million will be offered during the meet, which runs through March 29, 2009.

“We’re delighted to announce this revised purse structure for Fair Grounds Race Course, which provides increased opportunity for our horsemen and a solid foundation upon which to conduct our upcoming meet,” said Donald R. Richardson, senior vice president of racing for Churchill Downs Incorporated. “This agreement is an important step in our efforts to elevate Fair Grounds to the top of the nation’s winter racing options. We are looking forward to another great season at Fair Grounds.”

Stall applications for 2008-09 must be postmarked by Sept. 15 and are available at racing offices across the country and online at The stakes schedule for Fair Grounds’ 2008-09 meet will be released shortly.