Fair Grounds announced a 10% across-the-board purse increase–the third of the New Orleans track's current meeting–Wednesday. The purse increase goes into effect for the final 13 days of the meet, beginning with the Mar. 11 card.
“Our handle has continued to be strong and we are pleased to be able to raise purses for the third time this meet,” Fair Grounds' racing secretary Scott Jones said. “We'd once again like to thank the owners, trainers and fans who have been supporting our day-to-day racing product. $60,000 for a maiden special weight pot is a very competitive number to get to.”
To make up for the weather-related Feb. 11 cancellation, Fair Grounds has added Mar. 24 to the live racing calendar.
In addition, in order to accommodate the NBC broadcast, first post time for the Mar. 20 Louisiana Derby Day card has been pushed back to 11:20 a.m. CT.