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Breeders Cup 2015

Fair Grounds to Offer New Black Gold 5 Wager

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will add a new daily jackpot carryover wager to its offerings for the upcoming 140th Thoroughbred Racing Season, opening Thanksgiving Day. The Black Gold 5 requires a bettor to hold the lone successful ticket with the winners of five consecutive races. On cards when there is no single-ticket winner, half of the pool will be paid as consolation to tickets with the most correct and half of the pool will go to the carryover. The Black Gold 5 will carry a $.50 minimum and will start on Race 5 every day.


“We’re giving our players a new opportunity to make a life-changing score,” said Fair Grounds President Tim Bryant. “Since you have to hold the only perfect ticket for the entire pool to pay out, the winner is sure to take home a bundle. But if you go five-for-five and others do, too, at least you get back your fair share of a nice consolation pool.”


To make the wager worthwhile from the start, Fair Grounds will guarantee a $5,000 pool on Opening Day, as well as any day after the bet is hit.


The Black Gold 5 moniker suggests the bonanza of an oil strike (“Black Gold” is slang for oil), while simultaneously paying tribute to the legendary 1924 Louisiana Derby and Kentucky Derby winner buried in the Fair Grounds infield.


Rolling Doubles Coming to Fair Grounds

Also at Monday’s meeting, the LSRC approved the addition of “rolling doubles” to the Fair Grounds Wagering Menu. The change in Louisiana’s Rules of Racing allows Fair Grounds to become the first track in the state to offer a Daily Double starting on every race of a program (except, of course, the last).


“Our players have been asking for this change and we’re delighted to deliver it to them,” said Fair Grounds Vice President & General Manger of Racing Eric Halstrom. “With the addition of rolling doubles and the Black Gold 5, we have a robust Wagering Menu that’s the equal of any track in the country in terms of its diversity and excitement.”


Daily Doubles at Fair Grounds carry a $1 minimum.




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