The Fairgrounds

Formally established in 1872, Fair Grounds Race Course is the third-oldest racetrack in
North America.
Live racing at the historic New Orleans venue was conducted as early as 1852 when pre-Civil War Louisiana was considered the Southern center of competitive Thoroughbred Racing.
Located only minutes from the famed French Quarter, the track is situated on 145 acres and features a one-mile dirt course and seven-furlong turf course.

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.

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