Default

Upcoming Events

|

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jul 20 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Amazing Scavenger…

Jul 20, 2017 - Jul 03, 2027
Turn New Orleans into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt… more

Chicken on the Bone…

Jul 20 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jul 20, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jul 20 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Eiffel Society…

Jul 20 - 20, 2017
Join us this Thursday for  an all Female  Pop-Up Art Show and… more

FestiGals

Jul 20, 2017
FestiGals hosts New Orleans Women's Weekend Experience - a celebration of women… more

Heart of the House

Jul 20, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Lilith in Loa…

Jul 20, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 20 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 20 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 20 - Sep 3, 2017
Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans showcases… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 20 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Storyville: Madams…

Jul 20 - Dec 9, 2017
Storyville: Madams and Music revives the sights and sounds of New Orleans's… more

Tales of the Cocktail

Jul 20 - 23, 2017
Join us for the 15th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Festival! Tales of the… more

The Historic New…

Jul 20 - Oct 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

Thursday at Twilight…

Jul 20 - Aug 31, 2017
Live music in a concert setting inside the Pavilion of the Two Sisters at the… more

Thursdays at Twilight…

Jul 20 - 20, 2017
This very popular series with an array of the finest musicians in New Orleans… more

Trinity To Host…

Jul 20 - 20, 2017
With libations flowing in the Crescent City during the annual cocktail… more

Two Rooms by Lee…

Jul 20 - 22, 2017
“Two Rooms” is about Michael Wells, a man kidnapped in Beirut, and… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jul 20 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Zebras, Ostriches to Race at Fair Grounds Jan. 12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Jim Mulvihill
Communications and Pari-Mutuel Marketing Manager
504.948.1233
james.mulvihill@fgno.com

 

ZEBRAS, OSTRICHES TO RACE AT FAIR GROUNDS JAN. 12

 

  • First Post 2 p.m. for Special Twilight Card
  • Mascot Race Will Add to Zaniness

NEW ORLEANS (Friday, December 28, 2012) - Things just keep getting wilder at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, where live zebras will compete in an exhibition race on Jan. 12. The first zebra race ever in the South will be paired with the return of ostrich and mascot racing, which helped to pack the Grandstand with its largest post-Katrina crowd the first time exotic animal racing was presented at Fair Grounds in August. First post (the first race) for the twilight Thoroughbred program will be 2 p.m., with mascots, ostriches and zebras scheduled to race under the lights in the evening hours, after 6 p.m.

General Admission will be $10 at the door. Clubhouse and Miller Time Beer Garden admission will be $15. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. For dining and box seat reservations, call (504) 943-2200. To book a party for groups of 25 or more, contact the Group Sales department at (504) 948-1285.

The Miller Time Beer Garden will serve as a premium viewing area with a stellar vantage point near the start of the exotic animal races, plus DJ Rob Nice and access to some of the area's best food trucks and pop-up food vendors - BBQ and Some, Fry Bar NOLA, La Cocinita and Woody's Fish Tacos.

A mascot race featuring favorite fuzzy friends from the sports world will pit Fair Grounds mascot Gentilly Billy and sister racetrack Churchill Downs mascot Churchill Charlie against the likes of Bones (New Orleans Voodoo), Havoc (Loyola University), Mojo (Voodoo) and Riptide (Tulane University). At the first-ever Fair Grounds mascot race in August, favored Gentilly Billy skipped to an easy victory around the wet paddock walking ring.

The exotic animal races and the mascot race will all be conducted at 140 yards on the main track. A 13-race Thoroughbred program, highlighted by the $75,000 Pan Zareta Stakes for turf-sprinting females, will run from 2 p.m. until about 9 p.m.

Fans are invited to suggest names for the four racing zebras on the Fair Grounds Facebook page at facebook.com/FairGroundsRaceCourseandSlots. Those suggesting the winning names will receive free admission and recognition in that night's track program.

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 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season runs through March 31, 2013, highlighted by the milestone 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby for Kentucky Derby hopefuls on March 30, 2013. More information can be found online at http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/.

-FG-