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NEW ORLEANS (January 21, 2022) – Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is welcoming back a fan favorite event with the return of Exotic Animal Racing. Held on Saturday January 29th the popular event features one heat each of camels, ostriches and zebras ran between 9 thoroughbred races. The event is presented by Miller Lite, Fair Grounds Official Presenting Partner.

The event has been a staple at The Fair Grounds since 2012 with sellout crowds each year. The property was unable to host the event last year due to Covid restrictions and are excited to host the family friendly event for the community again this year.

“This year marks our 150th anniversary at the track and the entire team is so proud to be part of such a milestone year. The Fair Grounds is a staple in New Orleans history and we strive to keep tradition alive for the community. We provide the best thoroughbred racing in the state and have had a great start to the season. Our Exotic Animal racing adds to that excitement by providing families and fans with an alternative entertainment experience by cheering Camel, Ostriches and Zebra’s across the finish line,” said Doug Shipley, President, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Three total Exotic Animal races will take place on the 29th. One heat each for Camels, Zebra’s and Ostriches. Doors open at 12 noon with post time taking place at 1:05pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early; the exotic races are currently scheduled to run just after the 2:25, 3:40 and 4:55 races respectively. First post of the 9 thoroughbred races is 1:05pm.

General Admission (GA) and Club House (CH) Admission can be purchased at the door the day of the event for $5 GA and $15 CH for everyone 13 and older. Children 12 and under receive free admission.

All Grandstand and Club House box seats are open seating and on a first-come, first-served basis. Alternatively you can also purchase tables in the Club House dining room in advance. Pricing includes the admission charge and are $100 for a 4-top or $150 for a 6-top. Reservations can be made Wednesday through Sunday, 9am – 3pm by calling 504.943.2200. Several local cuisine food truck and pop-up options will be available for purchase.

Valet options are available at the event at $15 for regular parking and $25 for VIP parking.

Additional information and clubhouse reservations are available by calling the property reservations line at (504) 943-2200.


About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

 Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, one of the nation’s oldest racetracks, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds, which is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN), also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 15 off-track betting parlors throughout Southeast Louisiana. The 150th Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 109th running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 25, 2021 through March 27, 2022. More information is available online at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.

Camels at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots