The 100th Louisiana Derby will be run on
March 30, 2013, five weeks out from the 139th Kentucky Derby, officials at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced today.
$1 million race will return to a Saturday date after being run on
Sunday this year. The 2012 Louisiana Derby, won by 109-1 longshot
Hero of Order, was situated on the off day during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four hosted in
“The centennial Louisiana Derby will be one to remember,” said Fair Grounds President
“We have already started talking about fun ways to mark the special
occasion and we look forward to welcoming back another record crowd next
Buoyed by out-of-state visitors from
in town for the basketball games, Fair Grounds had one of its largest
crowds in the post-Katrina era for Sunday’s Louisiana Derby Day program.
While the track does not release final
attendance and handle figures, officials said on-track wagering was up
about 33% over the prior Louisiana Derby Day.
Grounds will announce its 2012-203 Thoroughbred racing dates after
receiving formal approval at the next Louisiana State Racing Commission
meeting on April 23.