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Derby Day General Admission to Benefit Children's Hospital

General admission for the March 26 Louisiana Derby Day program at Fair Grounds featuring the first million-dollar horse race in the history of New Orleans will be $5 for the Grandstand and $10 for the Clubhouse, track officials announced today. One dollar of each general admission sold will go to charitable partner Children’s Hospital.

The $1 million Louisiana Derby, to be run for the 98th time, is Fair Grounds’ signature event and a key final “prep” for 3-year-old horses pointing to the world’s most famous horse race, the May 7 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

“We are looking forward to hosting the Hospital’s Sugarplum Ball at Fair Grounds on April 1 and are pleased that they selected us to receive contributions from their upcoming Louisiana Derby Day,” said Brian Landry, Children’s Hospital Vice President of Marketing. “Funds raised from these two events will go towards our transport helicopter, the only dedicated pediatric transport helicopter in the state and Gulf South.”

Louisiana Derby Day features six important stakes races cumulatively worth $2.4 million in purses (or, prize money). The 13-race program starts at 12:10 p.m. CDT and the Louisiana Derby will be run at about 4:45 p.m. CDT.

On-track promotional happenings for the Gulf South’s biggest annual day of racing include “Fillies, Fashion & Fizz,” an upscale “dress to impress” themed Derby Party in the Miller Beer Garden, a Best Derby Hat Contest, the $1,500 “Bet or No Bet” contest, a free pre-race handicapping seminar and two book signings with guest authors.

“As the Louisiana Derby continues to grow in stature as a key Kentucky Derby prep race and a premier social event, Fair Grounds will continue to give back to the people and organizations that make New Orleans such a special place to live and work,” said Fair Grounds President Tim Bryant.

The new admission prices for Louisiana Derby Day apply to General Admission only and will not be applied to Clubhouse dining reservations, which are sold out. The only remaining reserved spots for Louisiana Derby Day are a limited number of dining reservations in the Black Gold Room, which include a buffet lunch and open-air balcony viewing of the races across from the 1/16-mile pole for $100 per person. Call (504) 943-2200 for reservations.

General Admission capacity at Fair Grounds is unlimited and can be purchased at the door on Louisiana Derby Day.