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Fair Grounds Will Have Thanksgiving Opener

The upcoming Thoroughbred meet will begin Nov. 25 and run through March 8, 2011.

(Edited Fair Grounds press release)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in Louisiana will open its 2010-2011 Thoroughbred Racing Season on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. The traditional holiday start will return following two years of early-to-mid-November debuts.

The 84-day Thoroughbred meeting will run through March 27, 2011. There will be five live racing days per week, Thursdays to Mondays (except holiday weeks), until the final month of the season, when racing will be conducted Fridays to Mondays.

A Wednesday program will be offered Dec. 22 before a holiday break with dark days on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25). The traditional Mardi Gras Day program will be the only Tuesday card of the season on March 8, 2011.

Fair Grounds also will offer a 10-day 2010 Quarter Horse Racing Season over two weeks, Sept. 14-18 and 21-25. Two additional days of Quarter Horse racing Nov. 19 and 20 have been reserved for the Bank of America Challenge Championships, the year-end extravaganza that is the Quarter Horse world’s equivalent of Thoroughbred racing’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The Fair Grounds racing calendar was approved by the Louisiana State Racing Commission at its most recent quarterly meeting April 26.