Starlight Racing Event Kick Starts Fair Grounds Meet Nov. 18
The nation’s third-oldest track reopens Saturday for the 146th Thoroughbred racing season with a betting program that includes four overnight stakes that work as preps for the Dec. 9 Louisiana Champions Day card. The 81 day meet at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans will run through March 31 with the Louisiana Derby on March 24 the key date as a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby.
Bourbon Street will be busy again this weekend as the popular “see and be seen” Starlight Racing Series at the Fair Grounds features live racing, entertainment and popular local food pop-ups.
“We are excited to kick-off our 146th live thoroughbred racing season with an evening of racing and entertainment Saturday, the eighteenth, followed by what has become a time-honored tradition for locals to enjoy here on Thanksgiving Day. Starlight Racing, now a premiere “see-and-be-seen” event in New Orleans, is evolving into a more traditional beer garden experience and we look forward to entertaining both new and old fans of racing in this enhanced environment,” said Fair Grounds Track President Doug Shipley.
The five Starlight Racing event dates are:
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Opening Day
Friday, December 29, 2017
Friday, January 19, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018
The four Saturday stakes on Nov. 18 feature $50,000 purses and have full fields of 10-14 horses. First post is 3:00pm ET.
Race 3 – Mr Sulu Overnight Stakes for Louisiana-breds. This one will be contested a 1-mile on the Turf for 3-year-olds and up.
Race 4 – Happy Ticket Overnight Stakes for Louisiana-breds. This one will be held over the main dirt track going 6 furlongs. It is for Fillies & Mares 3-years-old and up.
Race 5 – Si Cima Overnight Stakes for Louisiana-breds. This one is a mile event on the Turf for Fillies & Mares 3-years-old
Race 6 – Heitai Overnight Stakes for Louisiana-breds. This is a 6-furlong event on the dirt for 3-year-olds and up.