FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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NEW ORLEANS (Monday, November 5, 2012) - Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is asking fans for help naming a race that is new to the 2012-2013 stakes schedule. The winner of the "Name the Stakes Race" contest will present the trophy to the winning connections after the inaugural running and enjoy lunch for four in the Clubhouse, a replica of the trophy and a $100 win bet.
The stakes race to be named is a turf sprint for 3-year-old fillies at 5 1/2 furlongs, to be run Feb. 2, the day before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
Fans can enter electronically by e-mail (send your suggestion to email@example.com), Facebook (post your suggestion at Facebook.com/FairGroundsRaceCourseandSlots under the Nov. 5 "Name the Stakes Race" status update) or Twitter (tweet your suggestion by mentioning @FairGroundsNOLA) or enter in person in the Clubhouse/Valet Lobby throughout opening weekend, Nov. 22-25.
"We're open to any idea, whether it's traditional or completely off the wall," said Vice President & General Manager Eric Halstrom, one of six employees that will determine the winner as part of the Fair Grounds Stakes Name Committee.
Typically, Fair Grounds stakes are named for prominent horses from Fair Grounds history (i.e., the Bonapaw Stakes), prominent humans from Fair Grounds history (i.e., the Buddy Diliberto Memorial Handicap) or relevant geographical locations (i.e., the Gentilly Stakes). To see this season's full stakes schedule, visit www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/racing-wagering/stakes.
A concurrent contest open only to Fair Grounds employees will result in a moniker for the stakes schedule's other unnamed race, a turf sprint for 3-year-olds to be run Jan. 26.
Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 25 and the winning race name will be announced in early December.
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 Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season runs Thanksgiving Day, November 22, through March 31, 2013, highlighted by the milestone 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby for Kentucky Derby hopefuls on March 30, 2013. More information can be found online at http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/.