Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans

3.8
Casino · Horse Track
Fair Grounds Race Course, often known as New Orleans Fair Grounds, is a thoroughbred racetrack and racino in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is operated by Churchill Downs Louisiana Horseracing Company, LLC.

As early as 1838 Bernard de Marigny, Julius C Branch and Henry Augustine Tayloe, organized races at the "Louisiana Race Course" laid out on Gentilly Road, making it the second oldest site of horseracing in America still in operation, after Freehold Raceway and before the Saratoga Race Course. It began on March 20 and lasted for five days. In 1852 it was renamed the Union Race Course.

In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America introduced a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Of the top Fifteen, New Orleans Fair Grounds was ranked #12, behind Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana, which was ranked #6.
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  • If you like horse racing, you will like this. This is a very nice race course. We got seats in the club house. They recommend you purchase those in advance and if you want to eat, make reservations....  more »
  • I had not been here in years. Could be close to a decace. My grandfather used to own horses and I would be here all the time. I bet on a few races (no luck) BUT I did win in the casino. Good times...  more »
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  • Liked it a lot better 30 years ago when you could bring a cooler & your own BBQue pit. Jazz Fest is too commercial now. My husband camped out in the rain for Rolling Stones tickets only 2 be cancelled. He had a hard time with long walks to get money refunded. Don't think I'll be doing Jazz Fest anymore. It was great b4 the world attended. Too crowded now4my enjoyment.
  • Great Food,a lot of new machines.Off track racing from many horse racing track.Great free drinks available. Great way to enjoy the day.Excellent security. Live horse racing in November

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