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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fair Grounds Racing and Huge Purses

For the average race horse owner the overall cost of purchasing a yearling or a two year old at the sale is a risky investment. Even with the best of care and training the risk of loss is overwhelming. Claiming a horse directly from a race is sometimes a more cost effective way with an faster route of return.
The purses at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana were unreal last year. The purses will start back up right where they left off when $5000 claimers were running for $30,000 purses. And that's at the bottom. They only go up from there. Horses that are accredited Louisiana breeds run for even more money than horses bred in other states with the huge incentives offered to horseman supporting the La Bred Program. You don't have to live in Louisiana to qualify for the incentives, just own a Louisiana Bred horse and reap the benefits.
This year at the Fair Grounds a minimal investment starting $5000 for a horse from a claiming race along with a couple of weeks worth of training and you could be enjoying watching your own horse race at the track.
We are currently stabled at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Louisiana and looking for horses to claim that will be competitive at the Fair Grounds meet. We are also looking for a few new partners and individual owners to claim horses for the Fair Grounds meet which starts on Thanksgiving Day. Go to our informative website at and visit the Claiming Horses page. There is a link there to email if you have any questions. We offer competitive training rate as well as live Internet accessible web cams so you can keep an eye on your investment. Please use the email link on the website if you have any trouble logging onto the web cams.
Donna KeenFair Grounds Race Course
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Valerie said...

Hi Donna!

Just found your blog via Sue's "Post Parade", and enjoy looking forward to reading about your experiences.

I do have what may seem like a simplistic question, but it is something that I have been curious about for awhile (not being intimately involved in the horse racing industry) When you say "LA-bred" or, for that matter, any other state-bred, does that mean just the dam resides in the state at the time of conception or birth? It doesn't matter where the sire is from?

How long does she have to have been living in the state--a certain period before she is bred or even after breeding? Are the rules about being "state-bred" consistent throughout the US? Say, hypothetically, I buy a mare in Ohio who is already in foal to a stallion living in West Virginia, and then bring her to Pennsylvania where she gives birth--would that make that colt PA-bred, WV-bred, or OH-bred?


Donna said...

The breeder rules will vary state to state. Some states the mare simply has to foal in the state to have a state bred, other states the mare must be bred to a stallion who is in the state and reside in the state until the foal is born. If you have a particular state you are interested in let me know and I will research it for you. I know this is a vague answer, but with all the changes being made it is hard to keep up with them. Hopefully it helped.