The Fair Grounds conducts a Fall-Winter Meet that traditionally runs from Thanksgiving Day in November through late March.
The track annually offers a series of exciting Kentucky Derby prep races for 3-year-olds, which culminates in the Grade II Louisiana Derby at the end of the meet.
The Fair Grounds was destroyed by fire on Dec. 17, 1993. The blaze leveled the old grandstand. Over a four-year period, the track’s management rebuilt the facility while conducting live race meets from tents, and on Nov. 22, 1997, reopened with a new 217,000-square foot grandstand/clubhouse facility. In August 2005, the track was temporarily closed by Hurricane Katrina and the storm’s aftermath. It reopened for live racing in November 2006, following months of repairs.
The Daily Racing Blog will preview the Thanksgiving Day races, so stop back and have a look at our picks.