Fair Grounds in New Orleans
Fair Grounds, which started its 2022-2023 meet Nov. 18, will not card any races on its Stall-Wilson Turf Course until late December at the earliest, Daily Racing Form reports.
This week, the New Orleans track scrapped plans to have limited racing on the outer portion of the turf course. Track officials said earlier this month the course had been adversely affected by weather-related factors—an extremely rainy period in July and August followed by unusually dry September and October and announced that some problems with the course led to Condition Book 1 revisions that shifted the majority of turf races to the main track.
On Wednesday, Fair Grounds sent a release to horsemen stating “turf racing will be suspended immediately,” the Form reports. Gary Palmisano, Executive Director of Racing for the track’s parent company, Churchill Downs Inc., said Thursday morning the decision was made “to halt grass racing until late in December.” He said the course was being managed with the goal of returning it to full use later in the meet, which runs through March 26.
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