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Insurance Hurdle At Fair Grounds
Whether Churchill Downs "can obtain insurance on Fair Grounds remains the biggest concern the company has to overcome before racing can resume at the historic New Orleans track" (which was badly damaged by the extreme winds that accompanied Hurricane Katrina & the massive flooding that followed) reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Fair Grounds president Randy Soth announced he was "very optimistic racing would return to Fair Grounds in the fall, if insurance can be obtained" & noted the company "expects to know in late March whether it can obtain that insurance". Fair Grounds shifted its 2005-06 season to Louisiana Downs in Bossier City for an abbreviated 37-day meet; Fair Grounds normally conducts at least 80 days of racing at its New Orleans facility.