The 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season
at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
will encompass 84 live racing days, from Nov. 22, 2012 to
March 31, 2013. The dates were approved at Monday’s quarterly meeting of
the Louisiana State Racing Commission.
Thoroughbred Racing Season again starts with the traditional
Thanksgiving Day opener on Nov. 22. In the only significant change from
season’s schedule, racing will be conducted four days per week (except
holiday weeks), Thursdays to Sundays, through February. In March racing
expands to five days per week, Wednesdays to Sundays. In recent years
the season started with five-day weeks before
shifting to four-day weeks.
more dates toward the end of the season allows us to take advantage of
historically better weather in March, which we anticipate
will result in a net increase in turf races,” said Fair Grounds
President Tim Bryant. “We also have found, for a number of reasons, that it’s easier to attract large and competitive fields later in the meet. This
shift should improve the quality of our product from day one.”
of the normal weekly schedule, special holiday cards will be presented
on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31, a Monday), Martin Luther King Jr.
Day (Jan. 21, a Monday), Mardi Gras (February 12, a Tuesday) and
Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents Day (Feb. 18, a Monday).
There will be no live racing on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, when Super Bowl XLVII will be hosted in
New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The milestone 100th Louisiana Derby will be run as part of the meet’s penultimate card on March 30, a Saturday, five weeks prior
to the Kentucky Derby. Closing Day, March 31, coincides with Easter Sunday.