Santa Is Coming to Town, and To the Fair Grounds

From Ryan Martin, Fair Grounds Media Team:

Bring the kids to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Dec. 15 for an unforgettable afternoon of holiday fun with creative activities like cookie-decorating, ornament-making and face-painting! Holiday Family Day presented by Coca-Cola® runs from Noon to 4 p.m. in the Trackside Tent. You won’t find a better family bargain this holiday season, as children 12 and under are free and admission for everyone else is only $5!

“The holidays are always very special to us at Fair Grounds and we look forward to providing another memorable experience for kids of all ages on Family Day,” said Fair Grounds President, Doug Shipley.

The first two-hundred children will receive a stuffed bear courtesy of Coca-Cola and there will also be drawings for two 4 foot stuffed bears.

Kids can take their bears and also have their picture taken with Santa Claus. The jolly fat man will be available to entertain gift wishes, take photos (printed on the spot to take home for $10 apiece), and maybe even give dad a tip on a horse.

Supplies for family-friendly activities – cookie-decorating, ornament-making, and face-painting – will be provided by Fair Grounds.

A wide variety of food and beverage will also be available for purchase.

First post will be at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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