Quarter Horse & Exotic Racing

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots hosts the seventh annual Summer Quarter Horse Meet this year, including the return of Exotic animal racing on Aug. 16 with Ostrich and Zebra races. This season’s Quarter Horse meet boasts two additional days of racing bringing the  total to 12 action-packed days of racing with the “World’s Fastest Athletes” and fun for the whole family. The American Quarter Horse retains the impressive title of World’s Fastest Athlete by sprinting 220 to 870 yards at speeds upwards of 55 miles per hour.

First post on August 16 is 4 p.m. The Zebra race is scheduled to post at 5pm and our Ostrich race post time at 6:40pm but are subject to change. All other Quarter Horse racing days’ first post time is 12:30pm and includes August 15, 21-23, 27-30 & September 3-5 (all times Central Daylight Time).

Tickets and Pricing

General Admission for live racing is free except for the exotic animal racing night, Aug. 16, when General Admission is $5. Kids 12 and under get in free for General Admission only. General Admission tickets are currently available for sale at fgno.com/tickets.  Clubhouse Admission is $10 for adults and $10 for kids, ages 5-12.  Kids under age 5 get in for free. All Grandstand and Clubhouse box seats and open seating are first-come, first-served with general admission. 

In addition to Food Truck fare provided by local favorite, Crepes a la Carte and Messina’s, the Clubhouse Dining Room will offer a family-friendly limited menu inclusive of mini-pizza, chicken quesadilla, pulled pork po-boy, Thai chili or BBQ wings, Nathans® chili cheese hot dogs, chili cheese fries, supreme nachos and drunken shrimp cocktail. Concessions stands will also be open. And, to keep cool, you can enjoy delicious snow-balls and frozen margaritas in the Paddock.  The reservation line is now open for dining room tables with purchase of Clubhouse Admission are available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. by calling 504-948-1024. Private Suites and rooms are available and may be reserved by calling Group Sales at 504-948-1285.