Fair Grounds Race Course
1751 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119


Racing Dates: 2011-01-01 until 2011-03-27
Number of Racing Days: 57

RacetrackTrack Length: 1 mile dirt track and 7 furlong turf oval
Stretch Length: 1 Mile oval
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Fair Grounds Race Course History

Fair Grounds Race Course was established in 1852 as the Union race Course. In 1857, the racetrack was closed down due to tough competition with the Metairie Course. In 1859, the ground was christened – Carole Race Course; that was again changed to Fair Grounds. The first race took place at the Fair Grounds under patronage of Louisiana Jockey Club in 1872. Colonel Matt Winn arrived in New Orleans for establishing racing dates and other matters in the Louisiana horse industry.

Unfortunately, racing was banned in 1908 that again started in 1915. Though a massive fire burnt down the grandstand in 1919, the track was still in good condition to show character at race meetings. During 1940s, the track was sold to developers for construction of a subdivision. A group of investors saved this ground from destruction in 1941 and racing was resumed for a certain period of time due to World War II.

For better performance, a turf course was installed in 1981 but the renovation work of the grandstand and the clubhouse began in 1994. After that, Churchill Downs Incorporation purchased the track. The ground was closed nearly over a year as the racetrack got heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina. Fair Grounds Race Course conducted a 37-day meet at Louisiana Downs replacing the scheduled of 2005-2006 meets.

More About Fair Grounds Race Course

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Stakes GradePurse Date
Lecomte StakesIII$200,000January 17
Risen Star StakesII$400,000February 21
Mervin Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap2$500,000March 10
Louisiana Handicap2$75,000January 10
Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap3$100,000January 10
Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Stakes$75,000January 10
F.W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes$75,000January 10
Tiffany Lass Stakes$75,000January 10
Colonel Power Stakes$75,000February 07
Pan Zareta Stakes$75,000February 07
Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap2$500,000March 14
Duncan F. Kenner Stakes$125,000March 14
Bienville Stakes$75,000March 14

How to get there:

Fair Grounds Race Course is approximately 10 minutes from Central Business District and French Quarter; approximately 20 minutes from New Orleans International Airport; less than five minutes from Interstate 610 which connects with Interstate 10 East and West. From the East (Slidell, Mississippi): Take I-10 West to I-610 West. Exit Paris Avenue and turn left. Turn right at Gentilly Boulevard; Fair Grounds is approximately 1 mile ahead on the right. From the West (Metairie, Kenner, Baton Rouge): Take I-10 East to I-610 East. Exit St. Bernard Avenue and turn right. Turn right at Gentilly Boulevard; Fair Grounds is approximately 1/2 mile ahead on the right. From Downtown/ French Quarter: travel northbound on Esplanade Avenue to north Broad Avenue and turn right. You will have to pass the intersection with Bayou Road, enter the left turn lane for Gentilly Boulevard and turn left. If you follow the bend on Gentilly, you will be ½ mile ahead on the left. From Westbank: Cross the Crescent City connections and follow signs I-10 East. You will have to exit Esplanade Avenue and turn left. Now, you need to travel northbound on Esplanade Avenue to North Broad Avenue and turn right. Just past the crossing with Bayou Road, enter the left turn lane for Gentilly Boulevard and turn left. From this, you will have to follow the bend on Gentilly and you will find Fair Ground nearly ¼ mile ahead on the left.