01/12/2007 12:00AM

Fair Grounds raising purses

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Fair Grounds Race Course will increase its overnight purses by 10 percent beginning Thursday.

Overnight purses will be increased by $3,000 per race because of better-than-expected revenue from video poker business at Fair Grounds and its eight offtrack betting operations in the New Orleans area.

The increase does not affect stakes races.

The changes will increase the average daily purse distribution at Fair Grounds to approximately $370,000, the highest ever at a New Orleans meet.