(Fair Grounds / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

From the Fair Grounds Media Team:

Inspired by strong handle during the first five weeks of the 150th racing season, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a 15% purse increase across the board.

“We’re extremely excited to announce a 15% increase to our daily purse structure,” Fair Grounds’ racing secretary Scott Jones said. “Based on the strong early handle returns and continued support from our owners and horsemen, we are in a position to raise purses.”

The 15% across the board purse increase will go in effect immediately, beginning with the entries for the Thursday, January 13 card, which will be drawn on Thursday, January 6, 2022. Maiden special weight races will now be worth $52,000. The purse increase includes both open races and Louisiana-bred races.