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Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds Oaks Logos Released

Official event logos for the 97th Louisiana Derby and the 43rd Fair Grounds Oaks were released Monday by Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.   

Horses are prominently featured in both designs, which present contemporary takes on themes inspired by the tradition and history of each race. The Louisiana Derby logo—inspired by the longtime Fair Grounds coat of arms that was adopted as the first logo for the Mardi Gras Krewe of Endymion—depicts a pair of silhouetted rearing horses flanking a crest adorned with a fleur de lis and topped by a crown.

The history of Endymion is deeply intertwined with that of the Fair Grounds. In 1963, Ed Muniz, who grew up in the shadow of the track, had narrowed the possibilities for his new krewe’s moniker to two mythological figures—Endymion and Bacchus. When George Widener’s horse Endymion won that year’s New Orleans Handicap with Jimmy Nichols aboard, that settled it for Muniz. For its first 10 years, Endymion began its parade at DeSaix Boulevard and Trafalgar Street, just beyond the Fair Grounds stable area.

The Fair Grounds Oaks logo accentuates the feminine for a race restricted to fillies with the outline of an athletic horse’s head in light, flowing pink strokes.

The Louisiana Derby will be run Saturday, March 27 and the Fair Grounds Oaks will be run one day prior to that, on Friday, March 26.

“These new event logos are part of an overall strategy that will place our premier 3-year-old races at the heart of day-long and week-long celebrations of horse racing in New Orleans,” said Fair Grounds President Austin Miller. “The logos will serve as a visual representation of what these race days offer—the premier final prep races for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as two of the best afternoons to experience live racing at Fair Grounds, with extraordinary food and fun.”

Media outlets may obtain high-resolution files of the Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks logos by contacting Communications & Pari-Mutuel Marketing Manager Jim Mulvihill at james.mulvihill@fgno.com.

About the Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks
The Grade II, $750,000 Louisiana Derby at 1 1/8 miles serves as an important final prep race for 3-year-olds pointing to the Kentucky Derby five weeks later. Louisiana Derby winners Black Gold (1924) and Grindstone (1996) went on to win the Kentucky Derby, as did Louisiana Derby runner-up Funny Cide (2003).

The Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks at 1 1/16 miles serves as an important final prep race for 3-year-old fillies pointing to the Kentucky Oaks five weeks later. Four of the last five winners of the Fair Grounds Oaks have gone on to win the Kentucky Oaks (Rachel Alexandra, Proud Spell, Summerly and Ashado; the Fair Grounds Oaks was not run in 2006).