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Fair Grounds Race Course

Fair Grounds Racetrack Information:
Main track (dirt): 1 mile, oval
Distance from last turn to finish line: 1,346 feet
Turf: Approx. 7 furlongs

FREE Fair Grounds Tipsheets and Betting Guides here:

Download the 2018-2019 Fair Grounds Winter Meet Betting Guide
Download the 2019 Lecomte Stakes Tipsheet
Download the 2019 Risen Star Stakes Tipsheet
Download the 2019 Louisiana Derby Tipsheet

Fair Grounds Live Racing Dates 2018-2019

  • Fair Grounds Opens: Thursday, November 15
    • Fair Grounds Live Racing:
      • Tuesday, January 1
      • January 1, 4-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-28, 31
      • February 1-2, 7-10, 14-18, 21-24, 28
      • March 1-3, 5, 7-10, 13-17, 20-24
    • Starlight Racing Dates:
      • Friday, February 1 – 5pm
      • Friday, March 15 – 5pm
    • Twilight Racing Dates:
      • Saturday, January 26
    • Thanksgiving Day Racing:
      • Friday, November 22nd – 11am
    • Road to the Kentucky Derby Kickoff Day
      • Saturday, January 19
  • Fair Grounds Closes: Sunday, March 24

Important Races:

  • Lecomte Stakes: Saturday, January 19
    • Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race
  • Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds: Saturday, January 19
    • Road to the Kentucky Oaks prep race
  • Risen Star Stakes: Saturday, February 16
    • Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race
  • Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds: Saturday, February 16
    • Road to the Kentucky Oaks prep race
  • Louisiana Derby: Saturday, March 23
    • Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race
  • Fair Grounds Oaks: Saturday, March 23
    • Road to the Kentucky Oaks prep race
  • Muniz Memorial handicap at Fair Grounds: Saturday, March 23
  • New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds: Saturday March 23

Fair Grounds Full Stakes Schedule

DATEPURSESTAKESRUNNINGCONDITIONSDISTANCE / SURFACE
NOV 1550,000TOM BENSON OVERNIGHT STAKES 3YO/UP FILLIES & MARES1 MILE* (T)
NOV 1650,000MR. SULU OVERNIGHT STAKES 3YO/UP1 MILE* (T)
NOV 1750,000HEITAI OVERNIGHT STAKES 3YO/UP6 FURLONGS
NOV 1850,000HAPPY TICKET OVERNIGHT STAKES 3YO/UP FILLIES & MARES6 FURLONGS
 NOV 2275,000THANKSGIVING HANDICAP94th3YO/UP6 FURLONGS
DEC 175,000RICHARD R. SCHERER MEMORIAL  STAKES 3YO/UP FILLIES & MARES5 1/2 FURLONGS* (T)
 DEC 740,000THE MAGIC CITY CLASSIC8th3YO/UPONE MILE
 DEC 8 LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY (LA)   
 100,000LA CHAMPIONS DAY QH JUVENILE STAKES – GRADE II28th2YO350 YARDS
 100,000LA CHAMPIONS DAY QH DERBY – GRADE III28th3YO400 YARDS
 100,000LA CHAMPIONS DAY QH CLASSIC  – GRADE II28th4YO/UP440 YARDS
 100,000LA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES TURF28th3YO/UP FILLIES & MARES1 1/16 MILES* (T)
 100,000LA CHAMPIONS DAY JUVENILE28th2YO6 FURLONGS
 100,000LA CHAMPIONS DAY SPRINT28th3YO/UP6 FURLONGS
 100,000LA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES SPRINT13th3YO/UP FILLIES & MARES6 FURLONGS
 100,000LA CHAMPIONS DAY LASSIE28th2YO FILLILES6 FURLONGS
 150,000LA CHAMPIONS DAY CLASSIC28th3YO/UP1 1/8 MILES
 100,000LA CHAMPIONS DAY TURF28th3YO/UP1 1/16 MILES* (T)
 DEC 22 SANTA SUPER SATURDAY   
 75,000TENACIOUS STAKES54th3YO/UP1 MILE 70 YARDS
 75,000BONAPAW13th3YO/UP5 1/2 FURLONGS* (T)
 75,000BLUSHING KD11th3YO/UP FILLIES & MARES1 1/16 MILES* (T)
 75,000BUDDY DILIBERTO13th3YO/UP1 1/16 MILES* (T)
 75,000LETELLIER MEMORIAL STAKES59th2YO FILLILES6 FURLONGS
 75,000SUGAR BOWL STAKES69th2YO6 FURLONGS
DEC 2675,000TIFFANY LASS STAKES54th3YO/UP FILLIES & MARES1 MILE 70 YARDS
DEC 2975,000WOODCHOPPER34th3YO1 MILE* (T)
 75,000PAGO HOP35th3YO FILLILES1 MILE* (T)
 100,000LA FUTURITY (BOYS) (LA)55th2YO COLTS & GELDING6 FURLONGS
 100,000LA FUTURITY (GIRLS) (LA)51st2YO FILLILES6 FURLONGS
JAN 575,000PAN ZARETA STAKES54th4YO/UP FILLIES & MARES5 1/2 FURLONGS* (T)
 JAN 19 ROAD TO THE DERBY KICKOFF DAY   
 200,000LECOMTE STAKES – GRADE III75th3YO1 MILE 70 YARDS
 150,000SILVERBULLETDAY – LISTED27th3YO FILLIES1 MILE 70 YARDS
 75,000DUNCAN F. KENNER STAKES66th4YO/UP6 FURLONGS
 75,000LOUISIANA STAKES – LISTED73rd4YO/UP1 1/16 MILES
 125,000COL E.R. BRADLEY HANDICAP – LISTED33rd4YO/UP1 1/16 MILES* (T)
 75,000MARIE G. KRANTZ MEMORIAL STAKES24th4YO/UP FILLIES & MARES1 1/16 MILES* (T)
FEB 275,000NELSON J.MENARD MEMORIAL STAKES 4YO/UP FILLIES & MARES5 1/2 FURLONGS* (T)
 FEB 16 LOUISIANA DERBY PREVIEW DAY   
 150,000MINESHAFT HANDICAP – GRADE III34th4YO/UP1 1/16 MILES
 400,000RISEN STAR STAKES – GRADE II47th3YO1 1/16 MILES
 200,000RACHEL ALEXANDRA STAKES – GRADE II39th3YO FILLILES1 1/16 MILES
 150,000FAIR GROUNDS HANDICAP – GRADE III33rd4YO/UP1 1/8 MILES* (T)
 75,000COLONEL POWER STAKES29th4YO/UP5 1/2 FURLONGS* (T)
 75,000ALBERT M. STALL MEMORIAL STAKES51st4YO/UP FILLIES & MARES1 1/16 MILES* (T)
MAR 275,000BLACK GOLD STAKES61st3YO1 MILE* (T)
 60,000DIXIE POKER ACE (LA)39th4YO/UP1 MILE* (T)
MAR 575,000MARDI GRAS STAKES75th4YO/UP FILLIES & MARES5 1/2 FURLONGS* (T)
 MAR 975,000ALLEN LACOMBE STAKES12th3YO FILLILES1 MILE* (T)
 MAR 1660,000RED CAMILIA (LA)43rd4YO/UP FILLIES & MARES1 MILE* (T)
 MAR 23 LOUISIANA DERBY DAY   
 75,000NEW ORLEANS LADIES STAKES5th4YO/UP FILLIES & MARES1 1/16 MILES* (T)
 60,000COSTA RISING (LA) 9th4YO/UP5 1/2 FURLONGS* (T)
 300,000MUNIZ MEMORIAL HANDICAP – GRADE II27th4YO/UP1 1/8 MILES* (T)
 400,000NEW ORLEANS HANDICAP – GRADE II94th4YO/UP1 1/8 MILES
 400,000FAIR GROUNDS OAKS – GRADE II52nd3YO FILLILES1 1/16 MILES
 1,000,000LOUISIANA DERBY – GRADE II106th3YO1 1/8 MILES
 75,000CRESCENT CITY DERBY (LA)47th3YO1 1/16 MILES
 75,000CRESCENT CITY OAKS (LA)14th3YO FILLIES1 MILE 70 YARDS
MAR 2460,000STAR GUITAR (LA)10th4YO/UP1 1/16 MILES

Fair Grounds Wagering

Available wagers for Fair Grounds may include Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Daily Daily Double, Pick 3, Pick 4, PIck 5 and Black Gold 5.

The Black Gold 5 requires a bettor to hold the lone successful ticket with the winners of five consecutive races. On cards when there is no single-ticket winner, half of the pool is paid as consolation to tickets with the most correct and half of the pool goes to a carryover. The Black Gold 5 carries a $.50 minimum and is comprised of the final five races daily.

The Black Gold 5 moniker suggests the bonanza of an oil strike (“Black Gold” is slang for oil), while simultaneously paying tribute to the legendary 1924 Louisiana Derby and Kentucky Derby winner buried in the Fair Grounds infield.

To view the complete Black Gold 5 rules, click here.

Wagering minimums:

  • $1 Win, Place, Show, Exacta and Daily Double
  • $0.50 Trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 (Black Gold 5) and Hi-5
  • $0.10 Superfecta

Bets available typically include:

  • Win
  • Place
  • Show
  • Exacta
  • Trifecta
  • Superfecta
  • Daily Double
  • Pick 3, Pick 4, PIck 5 and Black Gold 5.

Key Fair Grounds Racing Details

Opening Night, presented for the third time by East Jefferson General Hospital, will feature a special nine-race Exotic Starlight Racing card that will include two ostrich races and a camel race. First post is 3 p.m. The Starlight Racing series is the place to ‘see and be seen’ while enjoying live racing, great bands, mouth-watering dishes from local restaurants, Tujague’s, Ho Shun and The Munch Factory, and special drink selections.

“From our Opening Night Exotic Starlight Racing through the 101st running of the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, we anticipate another successful meet at the Fair Grounds with top-quality racing and marquee social events in New Orleans,” said Fair Grounds President Tim Bryant.

Miller Lite and Blue Moon are celebrating their fifth season as the Official Presenting Partner of the Starlight Racing Series. Fair Grounds is proud to welcome Absolut and Jameson to the Starlight Racing family as the Official Starlight Spirits Partners for the next two years. Not only will guests enjoy the best in beer offerings from the MillerCoors brand, but they will also enjoy the full-flavored spirits from the Pernod-Ricard portfolio (parent company for Absolut & Jameson). Local Production Company, Royal Productions, also new this year, will ensure the Miller Time Beer Garden tent is hopping with vibrant lights and wild beats as the Official Audio Visual Provider of the Series for the next three years.  For the fifth consecutive season, Where Y’at will be an official media partner of Starlight ensuring local revelers are in the know and ready to party at the track.

The first stakes race of the meet – the sixth running of the $60,000 Mr. Sulu Stakes – will also be contested opening weekend on Saturday. First post is 1 p.m.

Graded Stakes

The Fair Grounds stakes schedule is highlighted by 10 stakes that were graded last season – five Grade 2 and five Grade 3. The Grade 2 events are the Risen Star Stakes and Louisiana Derby for 3-year-olds, the Fair Grounds Oaks for 3-year-old fillies, the New Orleans Handicap for older horses and the Mervin H. Muniz Memorial Handicap for older turf horses.

The Grade 3 events are the Lecomte Stakes for 3-year-olds, the Rachel Alexandra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the Mineshaft Handicap for older horses, and both the Fair Grounds Handicap and the Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap for older turf horses.

The North American Graded Stakes committee will meet in December to determine grades for 2014.

“We continue to hope that the esteemed committee will finally recognize that Fair Grounds deserves a Grade I race,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manger for Racing. “The Louisiana Derby produced two of the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby and the winner of the Belmont Stakes. Our three-race prep series overall featured five of the top six Kentucky Derby finishers plus the Preakness and Belmont winners. A nationally televised, million-dollar race that is now proven as the key final Triple Crown prep has probably earned Grade I status.”

Starlight Dates Announced

Fair Grounds also announced four Starlight Racing dates in addition to Opening Night. The popular social events feature live music, DJs, drink specials and live racing under the lights on select Friday nights. The 2013-2014 Starlight dates are Nov. 22, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 7 and March 14.

Thanksgiving Day

Traditionally set on the racing calendar to begin the meet, Thanksgiving Day (November 28) will once again see fans treated to a festive holiday atmosphere and top-quality racing with a ten-race card highlighted by the 88th running of the $100,000 Thanksgiving Handicap, a six-furlong test for top sprinters.

Louisiana Derby

Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford, The Official Automotive Partner of Fair Grounds, consists of five stakes worth $975,000 on February 22. The 41st running of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford is the second of three preps for Kentucky Derby hopefuls and the final local prep for the Grade II Louisiana Derby. The Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, the Grade III Mineshaft Handicap, and the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap will also be run on Louisiana Derby Preview Day.

Louisiana Derby Day on closing weekend brings the curtain down on the season’s stakes program with seven stakes events worth a combined $2.51 million. Fair Grounds’ marquee event, the Grade II $1 million Louisiana Derby will offer hopeful three-year-olds a final local chance to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. The Grade II $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, a race that has remarkably produced five of the last nine Kentucky Oaks winners, will also be presented on Louisiana Derby day, along with the Grade II New Orleans Handicap and the Grade II Mervin H. Muniz, Jr. Memorial Handicap.

Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Points Systems

A points-based qualifying system for the Kentucky Derby was put into effect for 2013 and renewed for each Derby series since. Thirty-four stakes are included in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” point system.

The qualifiers include all three traditional major Louisiana prep races: the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby was installed as one of the major final preps, given the highest consideration in determining Kentucky Derby eligibility. Under the system, 3-year-old Thoroughbreds earn their way to the Kentucky Derby by earning points in select stakes. The $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2), the signature event at Fair Grounds, is one of only seven races that will offer the maximum 170 points across the globe (100 for first, 40 for second, 20 for third, 10 for fourth).

The Louisiana Derby is preceded by two stakes in Fair Grounds’ 3-year-old three race series The lucrative Grade 2 Risen Star will offer 85 points (50-20-10-5) and the Grade 3 Lecomte will be worth a total of 17 points (10-4-2-1).

A similar point system is used for 3-year-old fillies aspiring to the $1 million Kentucky Oaks. All three of Fair Grounds’ major route stakes for 3-year-old fillies are included in the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks.” The Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks will be one of the premier 170-point (100-40-20-10) stakes, the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra is worth 85 points (50-20-10-5) and the Silverbulletday is worth 17 points (10-4-2-1).


About Fair Grounds Racecourse

The Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is known as the home of the Louisiana Derby, but that’s not the only racing highlight of the year at the the New Orleans track. The 145th annual Thoroughbred Racing Season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is set to begin on Saturday, November 19, and it will feature 60 stakes races with nearly $7 million in purses available.

The opening weekend card of the season will be held over the course of two days, from November 19-20, and features four stakes races each worth $50,000 – The Mr. Sulu Overnight Stakes, the Happy Ticket Overnight Stakes, the Heitai Overnight Stakes, and the Si Cima Overnight stakes. All four of these stakes are Louisiana Champions Day prep races.

Next up on the schedule is the Thanksgiving Day meet, with the yearly highlight being the 92nd running of the $75,000 Thanksgiving Handicap for top sprinters.

The Fair Grounds Race Course will go on a brief hiatus following Thanksgiving and return on December 3rd with the $50,000 Battle of New Orleans Overnight Stakes, followed by the Magic City Classic on December 9. Then it’s all systems go on December 10 for the sixth annual Louisiana Champions Day card, which features 11 races worth a combined $1.1 million in purses. The main attraction of the Louisiana Champions Day card is the $150,000 LA Champions Day Classic.

The rest of the 2016 racing season at Fair Grounds meet will see it host the December 17 Santa Super Saturday card, the Tiffany Lass Overnight Stakes on December 26, and it will close out with a five-card day on December 31, which includes the LA Futurity (Boys) and LA Futurity (Girls).

That concludes the 2017 portion of Fair Grounds’ meet. It will return on January 21 with the Road to the Kentucky Derby Day.

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Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 11 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The sixth Summer Quarter Horse Meet runs Aug. 16 to Sept. 7. The 142nd Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 101st running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby and the accompanying Infield Festival – will run from November 2013 through March 2014. More information can be found online at www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.