Fair Grounds will put on a meet as quick and powerful as a Quarter Horse Tuesday, when it opens for 10 days of racing for the breed with purses of about $200,000 a card. The season will continue to Sept. 25, and in some ways it serves as a lead&#45;in to the $1.1 million Challenge Championship program. Fair Grounds, the New Orleans track owned by Churchill Downs Inc., made a successful bid for the American Quarter Horse Racing Association&rsquo;s traveling championship event and will host it for the first time Nov. 19. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really exciting,&rdquo; said Eric Halstrom, vice president and general manager of Fair Grounds. &ldquo;Churchill Downs as a company had a lot to bring to the table as far as its simulcast network and other relationships like that. And, the AQHA is bringing their national convention to New Orleans. It&rsquo;s good for the city, good for both of us.&rdquo; The AQHA&rsquo;s annual racing conference will run from Nov. 17&#45;20. The meet that opens Tuesday will be just the third Quarter Horse season run at Fair Grounds, which has conducted Thoroughbred racing since 1872. So as a new racing wrinkle in the market, Halstrom said there will be a focus on fan education this meet. &ldquo;The AQHA is sending out what they call &lsquo;Racing Aces,&rsquo; which are handicapping experts,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ll be working with us, be in our in&#45;house paddock commentary.&rdquo; Fair Grounds has five stakes during the 10&#45;day meet, with a double for Louisiana&#45;bred 2&#45;year&#45;olds set for Tuesday. The $75,000 Big Easy and the $75,000 Belle of New Orleans will each be run at 330 yards. Other highlights of the stakes schedule include the $50,000 Fair Grounds Challenge Stakes for 3&#45;year&#45;olds and up at 440 yards Sept. 25. The winner of that season&#45;ending stakes will qualify for the Grade 1, $350,000 Challenge Championship, which is the centerpiece of the Challenge Championship program Nov. 19. In all, there will be six championship races on a special Friday night card, and seven supporting stakes. The Challenge Championships will be held about a week before Fair Grounds opens its Thoroughbred meet on Nov. 25. Admission to Fair Grounds, which operates a slots casino, is free. The track will race on a Tuesday&#45;through&#45;Saturday basis, with a daily first post of 12:40 p.m. Central.