Fair Grounds Cancels Thursday Card; To Resume on Friday

With harsh winter weather and freezing temperatures hitting the New Orleans area, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots racing officials have officially called off Thursday afternoon’s nine-race program.

Temperatures in New Orleans went all the way down to the low 20’s on Wednesday morning which caused the track to freeze. According to the National Weather Service, said temperatures will likely carryover into Thursday with the low reaching 32 degrees.

Fair Grounds Senior Director of Racing Jason Boulet cited a number of reasons for cancelling Thursday’s card including track conditions, road closures, as well as numerous trainers already calling the racing office to pre-scratch horses entered for Thursday.

Live racing action at the Fair Grounds resumes with Starlight Racing on Friday, January 18 at 6 p.m. E.T.

It all went extremely well,” said Jonathan Thomas, who trains Catholic Boy for Robert LaPenta. “He galloped out in 1:14 and 1:28. It was a good, methodic breeze. March has been good company for him all along.”

Catholic Boy will have a final pre-race breeze this weekend.

“It might be at Bridlewood, or I might send him back to breeze him Sunday at Tampa and just keep him there for the duration,” Thomas said.

Jonathan Thomas, who breezed Catholic Boy at Tampa Bay in prep for the upcoming Sam F. Davis Stakes, on the Road to the KY Derby

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