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Fair Grounds Race Course

Contact Info

Fair Grounds Race Course
1751 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Tel: 504.944.5515

Website: www.fairgroundsracecourse.com

Track Info

The sport of kings is alive and well in New Orleans. The Fair Grounds Race Course has provided first class horse racing in New Orleans since 1872. The Fair Grounds, also the site for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, takes on a very different aura in the fall when some of the best race the course.

Originally on the site was the Union Race Course founded in 1852. It closed in 1857 only to be re-opened in 1859 as the Creole Race Course. The course was sacked during the Civil War by Union Troops, and quality horses were confiscated. Nevertheless, horse racing continued. The course became the Mechanics' and Agricultural Fair Grounds and was leased for the duration of the war by several promoters such as the notorious Mississippi riverboat gambler George Devol. The track was the scene for Boxing and baseball games along with bull and bear fights are attractions which accompany Thoroughbred, harness, Quarter Horse, and cavalry races.

The Fairgrounds today is bigger than ever with quality horses, large purses and, as with everything in New Orleans, great food. The traditional opening day for the Fairgrounds Race Course is Thanksgiving day. Make it a point to include a day at the Fair Grounds on your next visit.

Entry Cost

General Admission Prices:
Grandstand - Free
Clubhouse - $5 ($1 off admission with Twin Spires Club card)

No advance sale of general admission tickets.

Parking: General parking free, valet parking $5.00

Directions

From the East (Slidell, Mississippi): Take I-10 West to I-610 West. Exit Paris Avenue and turn left. Turn right at Gentilly Boulevard; Fair Grounds is approximately 1 mile ahead on the right.

From the West (Metairie, Kenner, Baton Rouge): Take I-10 East to I-610 East. Exit St. Bernard Avenue and turn right. Turn right at Gentilly Boulevard; Fair Grounds is approximately 1/2 mile ahead on the right.

From Downtown/French Quarter: Travel northbound on Esplanade Avenue to North Broad Avenue and turn right. Just past the intersection with Bayou Road, enter the left turn lane for Gentilly Boulevard and turn left. Follow the bend on Gentilly; Fair Grounds is approximately 1/2 mile ahead on the left.

From Westbank: Cross the Crescent City Connection and follow signs to I-10 East. Exit Esplanade Avenue and turn left. Travel northbound on Esplanade Avenue to North Broad Avenue and turn right. Just past the intersection with Bayou Road, enter the left turn lane for Gentilly Boulevard and turn left. Follow the bend on Gentilly; Fair Grounds is approximately 1/4 mile ahead on the left.