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Fair Grounds offers stakes-naming contest

Fans of the historic New Orleans track will get creative (Fair Grounds Racecourse via Facebook)
Fair Grounds is asking fans for help naming a race that is new to the 2012-13 stakes schedule. The winner of the "Name the Stakes Race" contest will present the trophy to the winning connections after the inaugural running and enjoy lunch for four in the Clubhouse, a replica of the trophy and a $100 win bet.

The stakes race to be named is a turf sprint for three-year-old fillies at about 5 1/2 furlongs, to be run February 2, the day before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

Fans can enter electronically by e-mail (send your suggestion to namethestakesrace@fgno.com), Facebook (post your suggestion at Facebook.com/FairGroundsRaceCourseandSlots under the Nov. 5 “Name the Stakes Race” status update) or Twitter (tweet your suggestion by mentioning @FairGroundsNOLA) or enter in person in the Clubhouse/Valet Lobby throughout opening weekend, November 22-25.

"We're open to any idea, whether it's traditional or completely off the wall," said Vice President & General Manager Eric Halstrom, one of six employees that will determine the winner as part of the Fair Grounds Stakes Name Committee.

Typically, Fair Grounds stakes are named for prominent horses from Fair Grounds history (i.e., the Bonapaw Stakes), prominent humans from Fair Grounds history (i.e., the Buddy Diliberto Memorial Handicap) or relevant geographical locations (i.e., the Gentilly Stakes). To see this season's full stakes schedule, visit www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/racing-wagering/stakes.

A concurrent contest open only to Fair Grounds employees will result in a moniker for the stakes schedule's other unnamed race, a turf sprint for three-year-olds to be run January 26.

Submissions will be accepted through November 25 and the winning race name will be announced in early December.

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