Thursday, December 11, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: One-Mile Races Return Sunday

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Contact: Brian W. Spencer, Racing Analyst/Racing Communications, 504.948.1233, 




NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, December 11, 2014) – In an effort to provide more options to local horsemen, Fair Grounds on Sunday will begin carding and running one-mile races on the main track.


Owing to the layout of the Fair Grounds dirt course, one-mile races will begin and end at the sixteenth pole in order to avoid a short run into the first turn. Racing fans are advised that all one-mile dirt races carded for the remainder of the meet will be run at this configuration.

“We are hopeful that our investment in this additional finish line will provide our horsemen with greater flexibility and more options for their horses,” said Fair Grounds Track President Tim Bryant. “We hope that offering this new distance will help us continue to card large and competitive fields.”


There is one race carded on Sunday at one mile, the first race of the day scheduled for 1:25 p.m.


About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 11 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 143rd Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 102nd running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 2014 through March 2015. More information can be found online at




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