The thunder and excitement of the race has long drawn visitors to the Fair Grounds, where legendary horses including Risen Star, Black Gold, and Whirlaway have raced to victory. The history of one of America's oldest thoroughbred horseracing tracks is chronicled here through interviews, rare photographs, and archival lithographs. Since 1872, the New Orleans Fair Grounds has been home to exhibitions, boxing matches, baseball games, and even special events like ostrich racing. Now owned by Churchill Downs, Inc., the Fair Grounds has withstood hurricanes, fire, and bankruptcy and stands today as a vibrant sports and festival venue in a historic New Orleans neighborhood.
- Lushly complemented by modern and historic images
- Highlights of past events and races
- Traditions and memories of the Fair Grounds
Peggy Scott Laborde is the producer and host of Steppin' Out, which airs on WYES-TV in New Orleans. Her professional accomplishments have earned her awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, Public Relations Society of America, and American Women in Radio and Television. She has garnered praise for her extensive efforts in conserving the arts and history of New Orleans.
Louis Hodges, Jr. is the official track photographer of the New Orleans Fair Grounds.