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About Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds statistics, track bias and information

 

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is located in New Orleans and is the third-oldest racetrack in North America. It is located in the mid-city area and is approximately 20 miles from New Orleans International Airport.

 

The track regularly hosts thoroughbred racing and also boasts a casino and slots area. It is currently operated by the Churchill Downs Louisiana Horse racing Company, and they have been responsible for the day-to-day running of the venue since 2004. The track is partnered with Arlington Park, which is located in Arlington Heights, Ill.

 

The track also offers simulcasting, which is available all year round at Fair Grounds. This has been in place since 2008.

 

The configuration of the Fair Grounds track is fairly straightforward, with a one-mile dirt track sitting alongside a seven-furlong oval turf course. Other facilities at the track include the clubhouse and the grandstand.

 

The track also holds a number of unrelated events throughout the course of the year, with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival traditionally staged here.

 

The most high-profile race to be staged at the track is the Louisiana Derby, which is a Grade II event and is held in late March. The current prize purse stands at $1 million.

Fair Grounds History

The origins of live racing in the region date back to 1838 when "Louisiana Race Course" was established by Bernard D Marigny, Henry Augustine Taylor, and Jenny Cameron. The first contest was called "The Creole Purse" and came with a prize of $1,000 (a very decent amount at the time). Although some events did take place the following year, it wasn't until 1852 that the course enjoyed a second opening.

 

The track was using the moniker "UnionRace Course" and held live race-days for five years until closing due to competition from a nearby venue. Two years later, the track renamed itself "Creole Racecourse" before finally settling on "FairGrounds" in 1863.

 

In 1871, the "Louisiana Jockey Club" was formed, and they opted to hold meetings at the track. The first official race-day was in 1872.

 

"The Crescent City Jockey Club" was established in 1892 and ran a winter card (December-April) each year until the beginning of the next century. Racing was banned in the state between 1908 and 1915.

 

In 1919, the track suffered another setback with the grandstand catching fire. However, the blaze was quickly dampened, and live racing continued unaffected by the incident.

 

The track was on the verge of destruction in the early 1940s before being saved by a group of investors. It continued to race after the conclusion of World War II.

 

The turf course was installed in 1981, and this allowed a greater number of races to be staged at Fair Grounds. It also helped attract a decent caliber of competitor to the track.

 

Another fire broke out in 1993, destroying theGrandstand. Although the impact was significant, the track continued to race using temporary facilities. The structure officially re-opened in 1997 at the cost of $27 million. It opened to the public on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Shortly after being sold to the Churchill Downs Louisiana Racing Company, the track began to allow race-goers to enjoy affiliated off-track betting and video poker facilities. In 2005, Fair Grounds was damaged by Hurricane Katrina and wasn't able to re-open until November 2006.

Famous names to have competed at the track include Tippity Witchet, Black Gold and Pan Zareta. The latter is buried in the infield part of the venue.

Fair Grounds Track Bias

The turf course at Fair Grounds has always been a handicapper's dream. It has deep roots and differs from the majority of other surfaces in North America. Therefore, horses with previous winning format the track tend to replicate that success time and time again. It is advised to watch out for repeat winners on the grass at this unique track.

 

On the main track, there is a short run until the first turn, which doesn't necessarily allow rail runners to get sufficient speed going into the bend. Therefore, late speed is ideal. The long stretch is ideal for closers, and those who leave it until the final furlong tend to prevail more often at Fair Grounds.

 

It is also worth noting that the track has a unique drainage system, which does benefit horses on the inside rail following a substantial downpour in the Louisiana region.

Post Position Stats at Fair Grounds

According to the stats for 2018-19, sprint races were dominated by horses given an inside draw. Stall 1 had 18.9 percent of winners, while 16.3 percent began the race in stall 2. Stalls 6 and 7 posted the weakest results and were responsible for just 18 percent of winners combined. Just two of the 21 runners who were posted in stall 12 entered the winner's enclosure, while none of the three runners in stall 14 made an impact.

 

Races held over the distance (one mile or greater) produced a fairly even spread. Stalls 1 and 2 were responsible for 15 percent of winners each, with 14 percent of successful horses being drawn install 5. Stalls 8-14 all produced single-figure returns, with stall 10responsible for just 10 percent of all winners in these types of contests.

 

On the turf track, there was a notable decline in the results of stall 4. Just 6.5 percent of winners came from this position.Once again, the inside posts were slightly more profitable, posting 14 percent of winners each. Stalls 5-7 were moderately productive, with figures of 11.6,10.5 and 12.3 percent, respectively. None of the nine runners posted in stall 14 were successful.

Top Trainers at Fair Grounds

There are a number of top horsemen who operate on a regular basis in Louisiana. With a number of tracks in the region, there are several opportunities to produce winners in the state. However, these are the names to watch out for at Fair Grounds:

 

2018-19 Winter Meet

     Ron Faucheux – 31% Strike Rate

     Brad Cox – 26% Strike Rate

     Thomas M Amoss – 24% Strike Rate

     Joe Sharp – 22% Strike Rate

     Mark Casse – 21% Strike Rate

     Steven Asmussen – 20% Strike Rate

     Larry J Jones – 20% Strike Rate

     Wayne Catalano – 20% Strike Rate

Top Jockeys at Fair Grounds

There are plenty of jockeys who ride this track on a regular basis and regularly enter the winner's enclosure. With its unique turf track, Fair Grounds is the perfect venue for local riders to excel.These are the names to look out for:

 

2018-19 Winter Meet

     Florent Geroux – 23% Strike Rate

     Shaun Bridgmohan – 21% Strike Rate

     Joe Bravo – 19% Strike Rate

     Adam Beschizza – 18% Strike Rate

     James Graham – 16% Strike Rate

     Corey J Lanerie – 15% Strike Rate

     Colby Hernandez – 13% Strike Rate

Fair Grounds Racing Calendar and Key Races

Fair Grounds traditionally holds one meet per year, which runs from late November through to early March. The first day tends to take place on Thanksgiving Day. The majority of the stakes races are held towards the end of the meet, with the Louisiana Derby taking place in March, and it is regarded as a major prep race for the prestigious Kentucky Derby.

 

Grade II:

     Louisiana Derby

     Fair Grounds Oaks

     New Orleans Handicap

     Risen Star Stakes

     Rachel Alexandra Stakes

     Mervin H Muniz Jr MemorialHandicap

Grade III:

     Lecomte Stakes

     Fair Grounds Handicap

     Mineshaft Handicap

     Colonel E.R Bradley Handicap

Other notable races:

     Crescent City Oaks

     Crescent City Derby

     Bayou Handicap

     Louisiana Champions Day Classic

     Sugar Bowl Stakes

     Tenacious Stakes

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Address

1751 Gentilly Boulevard

New Orleans, LA 70152