Fair Grounds Opens Aug 15

New Orleans racetrack features special events August 18.

July 17, 2012

Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will present the first summer night racing program in track history opening August 18, a Saturday. Fair Grounds’ fifth Summer Quarter Horse Meet opens August 15 and continues Wednesdays through Saturdays through September 1.

First post is 12:40 p.m. every day except August 18, when first post is 4 p.m. That evening, Fair Grounds will present two special events – the inaugural “Tails & Ales” beer tasting featuring scores of offerings from breweries throughout the region and two special races pitting exotic animals not normally associated with racing.

Details on the August 18 events, including ticketing and pricing, will be announced later this week. General admission for live racing is FREE every day except August 18.

Average daily overnight purses of $140,000 are complemented by a rich stakes schedule worth $410,000, with added-money events scheduled on half of the racing days. The stakes action kicks off with the 350-yard Treme Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds on Aug. 16. The meet’s richest day is Closing Day, September 1, with three stakes, topped by the $150,000-est. Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Sales Futurity for 2-year-old Louisiana-breds. The trials for that event will comprise the Opening Day program on August 15.

PDF files of the 2012 Summer Quarter Horse Meet Condition Book, Stakes Schedule and Stall Application can be downloaded from the “Horsemen” page of the Fair Grounds website at FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.

2012 Summer Quarter Horse Meet At a Glance

Aug. 15-Sept. 1, Wednesdays to Saturdays (12 days)
First post 12:40 p.m. daily (except Aug. 18, 4 p.m.), 10 races every day (except Aug. 18, 11 races)
Free Grandstand general admission (except Aug. 18)
Food and beverage specials: $1.75 hamburgers and $1.75 draft beer at Oaks Grill (Grandstand third floor)

For more info, call (504) 944-5515 or visit FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.