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FG to Offer 18-Race Card March 30
To make up for races cancelled due to heavy rains Thursday, Fair Grounds announced today it will expand the March 30 racing program to include a record 18 live Thoroughbred races, with first post at 12:40 p.m. The Starlight Racing events on that date – a college sports-themed party with music by Groovy 7 and DJ Kemistry – will begin as originally scheduled at 5 p.m. and the Starlight party will carry on in the Clubhouse until 11 p.m.
Standard admission prices – free Grandstand General Admission and $7 Clubhouse General Admission – will be in effect during the early afternoon races, until 3:30 p.m. The Starlight Racing pricing – $5 Grandstand General Admission and $10 Clubhouse/Miller Lite Beer Garden admission – will be charged for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Clubhouse dining will not be available during the afternoon, as the staff will be busy preparing for Starlight Racing. Reservations for Clubhouse dining during Starlight Racing are sold out. Concession stands will be open throughout the day.
Thursday’s 10-race program at Fair Grounds was cancelled due to torrential rain, necessitating the makeup races.
The prodigious March 30 card will kick off a historic Closing Weekend, with 11 stakes to be run. Fair Grounds Oaks Day with the Susan G. Komen “Pink Out” on March 31 will feature four stakes restricted to fillies and mares, while Louisiana Derby Day with the annual “Fillies, Fashion & Fizz” party on April 1 will feature seven stakes, including three Grade II events, topped by the $1 million Louisiana Derby.