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Reservations Line Opens Oct. 24

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will begin accepting reservations for its 140th Thoroughbred Racing Season on October 24, one month prior to the traditional opening on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations can only be made by phone weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at (504) 943-2200 or toll-free at (800) 262-7983.

Reservations for Louisiana Derby Day (April 1) will not be accepted until January 2. All other dates will be open Oct. 24.

Major stakes days this season include Claiming Crown Day (Dec. 3), Louisiana Champions Day (Dec. 10), Road to the Derby Kickoff Day (Jan. 21), Louisiana Derby Preview Day (Feb. 25), Fair Grounds Oaks Day (March 31) and Louisiana Derby Day (April 1).

The popular Starlight Racing series with live music, DJs, drink specials and racing under the lights returns for six dates: Jan. 6 & 20, Feb. 10 & 24 and March 16 & 30.

Clubhouse admission will be $10 on Major Stakes Days and Starlight Racing nights after Jan. 1. All other programs throughout the 84-day season will carry a $7 Clubhouse admission.

Other live racing dates that traditionally fill up early are opening weekend (Nov. 24-27), the day after Christmas (Dec. 26), New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) and Mardi Gras Day (Feb. 21).