Starlight Racing Kicks Off Friday with The Wise Guys, Drago's and More

Starlight Racing—a new upscale night racing experience with specialty drinks in the trackside Miller Beer Garden chalet, live music by The Wise Guys, world famous charbroiled oysters from Drago’s and more—comes to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the first of three Friday evenings this season on January 15 at 5 p.m.

“Starlight Racing marks a complete reimagining of the racetrack experience in New Orleans,” said Fair Grounds President Austin Miller. “Live racing remains the centerpiece, but on our three Starlight Racing dates we will complement the on-track action with upscale entertainment to make for a complete night on the town. We’re excited to show the city a new side of horse racing where young professionals who have never been to the track and casual fans who aren’t gamblers will have as much fun here as our loyal regulars. Based on the tremendous response to our most popular annual programs, like Thanksgiving and Louisiana Derby Day, we are eager to offer additional opportunities for fans to ‘see and be seen’ at the races.”

Starlight racing will offer two distinct experiences—a high-energy club atmosphere in the heated Miller Beer Garden chalet and patio with track views along the rail and a more sophisticated vibe in the Clubhouse with semi-private cabana-style lounge seating and live music from The Wise Guys.  

The Miller Beer Garden chalet and patio, outfitted with space heaters in the event of cold weather, will incorporate the charbroiled oysters from Drago’s, specialty fare from Messina’s, lounge seating, cabana-style seating, premium martinis and cosmopolitans, themed lighting and high-definition plasma monitors.

The Clubhouse, levels 4 and 5, will offer the first-come, first-served semi-private cabana-style seating with elegant drapery, themed decor by Mardi Gras Productions, premium martinis and cosmopolitans, and an enhanced Starlight Racing clubhouse menu by Chef Ray Derderian. The Wise Guys, one of the city’s most popular party bands, will take the Clubhouse bandstand (4th floor East) at 6 p.m. Please call (504) 943-2200 for Clubhouse dining reservations.

Admission and Dress Code
General admission for the Miller Beer Garden chalet and patio is $5. Clubhouse admission is $10. Standard dress code rules apply for the Clubhouse (collared shirts required; no shorts, windsuits or sandals permitted). There is no dress code for the Miller Beer Garden chalet and patio but Fair Grounds urges all Starlight Racing guests to “dress to impress.”

Presenting Partners and Future Starlight Racing Dates
Starlight Racing is presented by Miller Beer, Where Y’At, Drago’s and Messina’s Catering. Additional Starlight Racing dates are set for February 19 and March 19.