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.

I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle. It was so exciting and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows. We tease each other a lot. We greet each other by grunting and everybody looks at us like, ‘what’s that all about’ but we’ve been doing it for years. So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this.

“This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter …

“I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch I thought I was gonna pass out.

“We are very happy with the way our horse had trained for this race, but it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert ‘Maseratis’, it pretty much unfolded the way we had hoped.

“The people that own this horse, they’ve got this colt a seven furlong-miler type maybe time will tell differently, but the other colt they are focusing on him going the two turns.”

JEFF BONDE, SPARKY VILLE, WINNER

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