Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will partner with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise funds for breast cancer research on Fair Grounds Oaks Day, March 31. The racing action will include four stakes restricted to fillies and mares, highlighted by the meet’s richest race for females, now known as the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks Presented by Susan G. Komen (gr. I).
One dollar from each Fair Grounds Oaks Day admission will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with the majority staying in-state for breast cancer outreach in Southeast Louisiana. The rest will go to the national Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.
All guests on Fair Grounds Oaks Day are encouraged to wear pink, which is closely associated with breast cancer causes. Special events throughout the day will include complimentary Chandon sparkling pink champagne, courtesy of Glazer’s, and pink macaroons courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton for the first 250 arrivals in the tent; cooking demonstrations by the new Criollo Restaurant at Hotel Monteleone; makeovers by Dior ($10 donation per person); best hat competition; a book signing with the authors of the "Stable to Table" cookbook that consists of recipes from throughout the equestrian world; face painting; a charity raffle with prizes including autographed New Orleans Saints memorabilia and Fair Grounds gift baskets; and a silent auction featuring two tickets to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
“Fair Grounds is proud to help raise funds for such an important cause,” said Fair Grounds president Tim Bryant in a release. “I’m especially glad we were able to partner with the local affiliate so the proceeds will help save lives right here in Louisiana.”
First post (the first race of the day) on Fair Grounds Oaks Day, March 31, is 12:10 p.m. The Survivors Parade will be at 3:30 p.m. and the featured race, the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, is slated for around 5 p.m.