Fair Grounds to Open Five OTB Locations

Edited news release

Fair Grounds Race Course will open five of its Finish Line off-track betting locations on Wednesday, Fair Grounds President and General Manager Randall Soth announced Monday. Four of the OTBs reopening also offer video poker.

The Finish Line OTB locations in Covington, Elmwood, Houma, LaPlace ,and Thibodaux will be the first to open since Hurricane Katrina struck southeast Louisiana nearly two months ago.

"We are pleased to be able to return simulcasting and video poker for our fans at these five locations," Soth said, "especially with the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships coming up next weekend."

The Breeders' Cup, generally considered racing's Super Bowl, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, at Belmont Park in New York. Wagering on Breeders' Cup day will be available at all five locations.

All locations will feature afternoon and evening simulcasting and all except Covington will again feature video poker.

Hours at the Elmwood, Houma and LaPlace locations are 8 a.m. until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Thibodaux's hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Covington will open every day except Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the end of simulcasting.