Three individuals and one horse make up the newest induction class of Fair Grounds' Racing Hall of Fame members: Marie G. Krantz, Anthony L. Zuppardo, Francis P. Dunne, and Davona Dale make up this year's inductees.
Fair Grounds chairman Marie G. Krantz will be honored twice at the induction ceremony on March 8, 2003--as a Hall of Fame inductee and as the first recipient of an award which will be named in her honor, the Marie G. Krantz Fair Grounds Lifetime Achievement Award.
Krantz joined the staff at Jefferson Downs in 1958. After Jefferson Downs was destroyed by Hurricane Betsy in 1965, she was instrumental in rebuilding the new facility in Kenner, La., which opene d in 1971. Krantz and son, Bryan, purchased controlling interest in Fair Grounds in 1990.
Zuppardo, 88, is still active in the Thoroughbred industry. His most noteworthy horse is Zuppardo's Prince, who has been a top stallion in the state.
Dunne first worked in New Orleans as an official timer at Jefferson Park in 1922. He was a steward at Fair Grounds for 11 years, 1960-1971. Retired in 1975, Dunne died at the age of 88 in 1987.
Davona Dale was champion 3-year-old filly in 1979, winning eight races including the Debutante Stakes (now the Fair Grounds Oaks). Bred and owned by Calumet Farm, Davona Dale won 10 of 18 starts and earned $641,612. He was elected into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 1985.
The induction ceremonies will be held the night before the Louisiana Derby (gr. II). Ticket information will be announced later.