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Reservations Line is Open

Once again, the mainstay “see and be seen” event, Starlight Racing, kicks off opening week of live thoroughbred racing at the nation’s third-oldest racetrack.  This year marks the addition of two Saturday installments of the ever popular event with 3 p.m. post-times, as well as the three of the accustomed 5 p.m. Friday night programs over the Meet. The initial Saturday event on November 19 brings the return of thoroughbred racing at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, which will begin accepting Clubhouse and box seat reservations for the 145th Thoroughbred Racing Season on October 17.

The Thanksgiving Day card on November 24 will once again celebrate the New Orleans local past-time of racing on the fall holiday at the venerable track. Reservations for Louisiana Derby Day (April 1, 2017) will not be accepted until January 2nd. All other dates, including Thanksgiving, will be available on October 17.

Reservations can only be made by phone on weekdays through November 16 or on any live racing day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling (504) 943-2200.

Thanksgiving Day Clubhouse Dining reservations start at $75 per person – at tables of four or six only – and go up to $130 per person, depending on the row and vantage point. Reservations include a traditional meal of Thanksgiving fare and a bottle of champagne, as well as soft drinks or iced tea. Additional Thanksgiving dining options include the Black Gold Room for $85 per person and the Pan Zareta Buffet priced at $36 per person and $12 for children. There will be a special early first post on Thanksgiving of 11 a.m. Clubhouse Dining opens at 12PM and the Pan Zareta Buffet opens at 11:30AM.

In addition to Thanksgiving Clubhouse dining, fans can reserve Clubhouse or Grandstand boxes for any day of the meet except Louisiana Derby Day. Live racing dates that traditionally fill up early are Thanksgiving weekend (November 24-27), the day after Christmas (December 26), New Year’s Eve (December 31), Mardi Gras Day (February 28) and Weiner Dog Racing Day (March 4).

A limited number of Clubhouse boxes are available daily for $35 (for six) or $17.50 (for three), except Starlight Racing and selected stakes days when the cost is $95 (for six) or $47.50 (for three). Box seat prices include the standard Clubhouse admission charge.

Grandstand boxes by the day go for $20 (for six) or $10 (for three), except for Starlight Racing and Special Events when they are priced at $80 (for six) or $40 (for three). Grandstand box seat prices include Clubhouse admission.

Clubhouse general admission on all programs throughout the 81-day season will be $10. General Grandstand admission is free with the exception of Starlight Racing and selected stakes days, when admission is $5. Children 12 and under are always admitted free. Please note: The Clubhouse dress code is strictly enforced. No shorts, t-shirts or sandals permitted. Formal and festive attire is encouraged on big stakes days, Thanksgiving and Louisiana Derby Day.

Other Key Dates

Clubhouse reservations will also open on October 17 for a host of other important stakes days and Starlight Racing nights.

Major stakes days this season include Louisiana Champions Day presented by Acadian Ambulance Service on December 10, Road to the Derby Kickoff Day presented by Hotel Monteleone on January 21, Louisiana Derby Preview Day presented by twinspires.com on February 25, and Louisiana Derby Day presented by twinspires.com on April 1.

The popular Starlight Racing presented by Miller Lite and Redd’s Apple Ale series with live music in the clubhouse, DJs in the Miller Time Beer Garden, popular local restaurant fare, drink specials and racing under the lights returns, but with a twist to the program.  The evening event will return with five dates, however two of those will be on Saturdays with a twilight post-time of 3 p.m. Saturday dates with 3 p.m. post-time are:  November 19 featuring The Topcats and DJ Hyphee and January 28 – The Wise Guys and DJ G.  Friday dates with 5 p.m. post-time are: January 13 – The Phunkey Monkeys and DJ TAF, February 10 – Groovy 7 and DJ San-D, and March 10 – The Mixed Nuts and DJ Crush.

 Other specialty days include: Santa Super Saturday with Holiday Family Day presented by Coca-Cola to be held December 10 with a 12:30 p.m. first post time; Wiener Dog Racing - March 4 and Spring Family Day to be held March 25 – each with 1:25 p.m. post-times.

Private parties and events can be booked through Group Sales by calling (504) 948-1285.

View our calendar for a list of all race days and post times.