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Fair Grounds Race Course, often known as New Orleans Fair Grounds, is a
thoroughbred racetrack and racino in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is operated by
Churchill Downs Louisiana Horseracing Company, LLC. In 1852 Union Race
Course, which today is the site of Fair Grounds, was laid out on Gentilly Road in
New Orleans, thus making it the oldest site of racing in America still in operation.
In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America introduced a rating system
for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Of the top Fifteen, New Orleans
Fair Grounds was ranked #12, behind Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana,
which was ranked #6.
The Fair Grounds New Orleans
Sometimes referred to as the "New Orleans Fair Grounds", the track was initially
opened as the "Union Race Course" in 1852. The track closed in 1857 due to
competition from the Metairie Course. In 1859 the track was renamed the "Creole
Race Course." In 1863, the name was changed again to the "Fair Grounds" and
racing was conducted during the Civil War. The track consists of a one mile dirt
track and a seven furlong turf oval. In addition to the grandstand and clubhouse, an
adjacent building opened and on November 14, 2008, the new slot-machine facility
opened for operation.