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  • Restored Fair Grounds to Open for Training

    Fair Grounds Race Course reopens for training Thursday for the first time since the New Orleans track was devastated during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath 14 months ago.

  • Fair Grounds Accepting Stall Applications

    Fair Grounds Race Course is now accepting stall applications for the 2006-07 racing season, its first back in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

  • On Katrina Anniversary, Fair Grounds Progressing

    On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of the Gulf Coast, the restoration project at Fair Grounds Race Course continues, as does the countdown to the return of racing.

  • Fair Grounds Slots May Have to Wait Until 2008

    Churchill Downs Inc. officials are encouraged by a rebound of their Louisiana operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but it appears slot machines at Fair Grounds won't be operating until mid-2008 at the earliest.

  • Fair Grounds Receives Approval for 81-Da

    The Louisiana State Racing Commission Monday unanimously approved Fair Grounds' request for an 81-day racing season in New Orleans beginning Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) and running through March 25, 2007.

  • Fair Grounds Applies for 2006-07 New Orleans Meet

    Fair Grounds has applied to the Louisiana State Racing Commission to host an 81-day meet in 2006-2007 at its facility in New Orleans, president and general manager Randy Soth said April 14.

  • NTRA Racing to the Rescue Fund Makes $483,465 Disbursement

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders' Cup Limited announced Tuesday disbursements totaling $483,465 from the NTRA Charities – Racing to the Rescue Fund to provide financial relief to members of the horse racing and breeding community who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.

  • Fair Grounds, being repaired due to damage from Hurricane Katrina.

    Horsemen Adamant About Meet in New Orleans

    As Churchill Downs Inc. continues to assess whether Fair Grounds will be ready to host its 2006-07 meet beginning in late November, the president of the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said anything less than a live meet in New Orleans would bring "strong opposition" from the organization.

  • Fair Grounds Hikes Purses 18%, Adds Stakes

    Fair Grounds Race Course announced Friday that it is increasing its purse schedule by 18% and adding five new stakes races for Louisiana breds to its Harrah's Louisiana Downs schedule.

  • Nothing Easy About Fair Grounds' Forced Move

    Welcome to the "new normal." No red beans and rice. No oysters on the half shell. No cornbread dressing. The 134th season of Thoroughbred racing at Fair Grounds in New Orleans opened Nov. 19 in, of all places, Shreveport, Louisiana.

  • Meeker Optimistic about Future of Fair Grounds

    Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker said that in the weeks since Hurricane Katrina devastated CDI-owned Fair Grounds in New Orleans, the company has been working with federal, state, and local governments on a reinvestment plan that could include revamping the historic racetrack into a tourist destination.

  • Hurricane Damage Could Impact Cup Handle

    Breeders' Cup, already expecting to begin its Oct. 29 World Thoroughbred Championships day $13 million in the hole handle-wise compared with last year, could take an even bigger hit given a lack of established wagering outlets in hurricane-ravaged Florida and Louisiana.

  • Delta Downs to Hold Meet at Evangeline

    In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which severely damaged the Fair Grounds and Delta Downs, the Louisiana Racing Commission approved a shift of racing dates and locations during a Sept. 30 meeting.

  • Delta Downs' Race Meeting in Question

    Louisiana horsemen are busy shuffling race meetings between Evangeline Downs and Louisiana Downs after Delta Downs became the second track in the state to suffer severe damage due to a hurricane. Delta Downs was scheduled to open its 88-day Thoroughbred meeting Oct. 21.

  • CDI Locates More Louisiana Employees after Hurricane

    Churchill Downs Inc. is now in contact with more than 70% of its 500 Louisiana employees who scattered to areas around the country in the evacuation of New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina's arrival.

  • Louisiana Horsemen Carrying On

    A unique Fair Grounds at Louisiana Downs meet is not expected to have any effect on the way the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Association distributes breeders' awards money, according to Tom Early, LTBA executive director.

  • Fair Grounds Security Official Recalls Katrina

    Fair Grounds' assistant security chief Jim Schanbien, along with seven co-workers, showed dedication to their city and the historic New Orleans racetrack by volunteering to remain to help firefighters during the blustery violence of Hurricane Katrina and its watery aftermath.

  • Churchill Has Located Nearly 40% of Louisiana Employees

    Churchill Downs Inc. has located approximately 40% of its Louisiana workforce displaced by Hurricane Katrina. As of Monday, Sept. 5, 203 employees had been located through the company's toll-free hotline or through Fair Grounds' Web site.

  • Churchill Plans for 'Unique' Meet in Louisiana

    As a result of damage to Fair Grounds Race Course from Hurricane Katrina, there will be no live racing there this year and plans are being made for a "unique" meet at Louisiana Downs in its place, according to Churchill Downs president and CEO Tom Meeker.

  • Evangeline to Donate 100% of Revenue Sunday Night

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino will donate 100% of its revenue from its Sept. 4 racing program to the Acadiana Chapter of the Red Cross Relief Fund to assist those impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

  • Fair Grounds Damage Unknown; Track Used as Staging Area

    As Hurricane Katrina moved through New Orleans Monday, the Fair Grounds racetrack sustained some structural damage and the track was being used as a staging area from which rescue vehicles and personnel could work.

  • Rapid Proof DQ'd from Mervin Muniz Win

    The Louisiana State Racing Commission has disqualified Rapid Proof from his win in the March 19 Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds as a result of a positive test for dexamethasone, according to the New Orleans <i>Times-Picayune</i>.

  • CDI Gets Award From Nokia Sugar Bowl

    Churchill Downs Incorporated was honored as a special award recipient by the Nokia Sugar Bowl at its yearly awards ceremony Wednesday night in the Louisiana Superdome.

  • Churchill Loses $13.9M in First Quarter of 2005

    Churchill Downs Inc. posted revenue gains for the opening quarter of 2005 thanks to the addition of 61 racing dates at the newly acquired Fair Grounds, but higher corporate expenses resulted in a net loss of $13.9 million, the company reported May 10.

  • CDI Secures $1 Million Policy for Jockeys

    Churchill Downs Inc. has finalized agreements with AIG Insurance to provide $1 million in on-track insurance coverage for jockeys who compete at CDI racetracks located in states where jockeys are not currently covered by workers' compensation programs.

  • Planning Board Postpones Fair Grounds Vote

    The New Orleans Planning Commission has postponed for a month a decision on a proposal by Churchill Downs Inc. to install up to 700 slot machines at Fair Grounds.

  • Stablemates Finish 1-2 in Red Camelia

    Merry Mary bested stablemate Autobesarah for trainer John Taylor in the $100,000 Red Camelia Handicap for older Louisiana-bred fillies and mares on closing Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

  • TVG and HRTV to Present Live Dubai World Cup Coverage

    TVG will present live in-studio coverage of the 10th annual Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, from Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. HRTV will also air live the Dubai World Cup beginning at 8:30 am ET.

  • Oaklawn Stewards Set Hearing Date for Meche

    Suspended jockey Donnie Meche has been asked to appear before the Oaklawn Park stewards March 31 to respond to the allegation of attempting to bribe a track official.

  • Eleven Vie in Fair Grounds' Signature Muniz

    Eleven older horses passed the entry box for the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT), the premier grass event on the Fair Grounds calendar. Highweighted California shipper A to the Z, second to grade I winner Star Over the Bay in his last start in the Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita, and the red-hot G P Fleet lead a group of horses most familiar with each other postward with half-a-million dollars on the line.