LA Department of Agriculture Institutes Mandatory Quarantine of Fair Grounds Backstretch

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NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture has instituted a mandatory quarantine of the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Fair Grounds voluntarily imposed a quarantine on Jan. 2, and the restrictions placed at that time will continue to be in effect, with no horses permitted to enter or exit the property.

Fair Grounds’ live race meet continues as scheduled. Racing resumes Friday with Starlight Racing and a 5 p.m. first post.

About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 11 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 145th Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 104th running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 2016 through April 2017. More information can be found online at

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Brian Spencer

Fair Grounds Racing Analyst/Racing Communications

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