Friday, January 23, 2015

MEDIA ALERT: Fair Grounds Carnival Season Dates & Post Time Reminder


1751 Gentilly Blvd.,   New Orleans, LA 70119




Contact: Brian W. Spencer, Racing Analyst/Racing Communications, 504.948.1233,




NEW ORLEANS (January 23, 2015) – With Carnival season in full swing in New Orleans, live racing at Fair Grounds will be conducted on Mardi Gras as well as several other noteworthy days in the coming weeks, some with alternate post times. Regular first post is 1:25 p.m.


First Sunday in February (February 1): First post 12 p.m.
Lundi Gras (February 16): First post 1:25 p.m.
Mardi Gras Day (February 17): First post 12 p.m.

Louisiana Derby Preview Day (February 21): First post 12:30 p.m.

Other programming of note includes jockey trading card giveaways on January 24, February 7 and February 15, Teacher Appreciation Day on February 8, and Bark Week from February 22-28 with Jack Russell Terrier racing on February 22 and wiener dog racing held on February 28.


About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 11 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 143rd Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 102nd running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 2014 through March 2015. More information can be found online at




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