Thursday, June 28 2012

Purses Boosted for Eight Races on Thoroughbred Stakes Schedule Worth More Than $7.4 Million

NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, June 28, 2012) – Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has boosted the purses of eight open-company races on its 2012-2013 stakes schedule released today, marking the third straight year the average stakes purse has increased at the New Orleans racetrack. Last season the track raised purses on 19 stakes events.

The 84-day 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season – running Nov. 22, 2012 to March 31, 2013 – will feature 56 stakes cumulatively worth $7,435,000, highlighted by the milestone 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) on March 30. The average stakes purse at Fair Grounds will be worth $132,768 and half of the stakes, 28 of 56, will carry six-figure amounts.

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