Fair Grounds Opens 14th Off-Track-Betting Facility

New Meraux Facility Opens with a Pari-Mutuel Wagering Area for Horse Race Betting and 60 Video Poker Machines

NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, August 28, 2018) – Fair Grounds announced today that it will host a VIP ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of its 14th Off-Track-Betting (OTB) location in the New Orleans metropolitan area in Meraux, LA, on Friday, September 21, 2018.

The event will be attended by company leadership, as well as local political and business partners from the area. Following the ribbon-cutting and champagne toast, a grand opening weekend celebration will commence with free food prepared by Fair Grounds’ Chef, Dwight Sherman, and culminate on Sunday with over $5,000 in cash drawings. This weekend also ignites a month of celebratory offerings for customers that will include free food and drink, $15,000 in cash and prize giveaways as well as HDTV’s and iPad® drawings to end the month. A full schedule is available at the location and participants must be 21 or older to enter.

“We are excited to celebrate another milestone in off-track-betting development following the successful launch of our 13th OTB in Destrehan in early May,” said Doug Shipley, President, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. “We look forward to memorializing the Meraux opening with Parish dignitaries, as well as all of the business and regulatory partners that helped us achieve this milestone.”

Located in at 4224 East Judge Perez Drive in Meraux, LA, the Meraux OTB and Casino will open with 60 video poker games, a full- and self-serve TwinSpires.com pari-mutuel horse wagering area featuring a state-of-the-art air ozone and mechanical filtration system, 8 large screen 4k high-definition televisions, stadium-style graduated seating and a quick-serve menu concession station. The $2.0 million investment in the Meraux OTB reflects a contemporary feel in décor with a balance of comfort for state-of-the-art gaming opportunities.

About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (“Fair Grounds”), the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN). Fair Grounds also operates 14 OTBs (12 with video poker facilities) throughout southeast Louisiana. Live racing at Fair Grounds returns in the fall with the 147th Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 106th running of the Louisiana Derby in March of 2019. More information can be found online at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.

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