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NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, April 23, 2013) - The Slots and the OTB at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will be open for business every evening during the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell, also known as Jazz Fest, April 26-28 and May 2-5. Even though the Slots and Simulcasting will suspend play during the day, Jazz Fest visitors are invited to join in the after-party fun at Fair Grounds as music-filled afternoons segue into thrilling New Orleans evenings.
The Slots facility and Fair Grounds OTB will open to pedestrians via the main Gentilly Avenue gate at 6:30 p.m. on Jazz Fest days and vehicles will be able to access the parking lot via the Horsemen's Gate on Gentilly Boulevard at 8 p.m.
The Slots and Simulcasting areas will maintain their regular hours - 9 a.m. to midnight weekdays for Slots and 11 a.m. to midnight (or after the night's final race) for Simulcasting - from April 29 to May 1, the days between Jazz Fest weekends.
All Fair Grounds OTB & Casino locations throughout the metro area will maintain their regular hours every day, including Kentucky Oaks Day on May 3 and Kentucky Derby Day on May 4.
The Fair Grounds OTB & Casino network spans 11 locations throughout Southeast Louisiana: Boutte/Luling, Chalmette, Covington, Elmwood, Gretna, Houma, Kenner, LaPlace, Metairie, Thibodaux and Westwego.
For more information on Fair Grounds OTB & Casino locations and hours, visit FairGroundRaceCourse.com.
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 11 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The sixth Summer Quarter Horse Meet runs Aug. 16 to Sept. 7. The 142nd Thoroughbred Racing Season - highlighted by the 101st running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby and the accompanying Infield Festival -- will run from November 2013 through March 2014. More information can be found online at http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/.