Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots opens their 150th racing season

The New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots opened their 150th season on Thanksgiving Day.

People dressed in costumes gathered to place their bets for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic.

Jockey newcomers included Jareth Loveberry, who had a 30% win rate during the 2021 Arlington meet. He has won multiple riding titles at Arlington and Canterbury and looking at his mounts for opening day, top trainers are excited to employ his services.

Also, Reylu Gutierrez, in the midst of a career-year by purses earned, came to New Orleans to compete.

Thanksgiving this year also featured the first running of the Joseph R. Peluso Memorial Stakes, named for the longtime racing official who passed away last year.

The 80-day, 2021-2022 Fair Grounds racing season runs through Sunday, March 27.

Regular post time will be 1:05 p.m. CT, but there will be an earlier noon CT first post on Louisiana Champions Day (Dec. 11), Road to the Derby Kickoff Day (Dec. 26), Road to the Derby Day (Jan. 22) Louisiana Derby Preview Day (Feb. 19) and Louisiana Derby Day (March 26).

A complete list of the stakes schedule can be found here.

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