Fair Grounds Race Course
The Louisiana Jockey Club composed of prominent New Orleans citizens, opened the Fair Grounds Course on April 13, 1872. They chose this site which previously had been the scene of Agricultural and Industrial fairs. Through the years five racing clubs preceded the Fair Grounds Corporation (Founded in 1941) in operating the course which is the third oldest track still in operation in America.
Buried in the infield are the turf immortals, Black Gold, winner of four derbies including the Louisiana and Kentucky derbies, and Pan Zareta, known as "The Queen of the Turf"
The Fair Grounds gate houses, designed by the noted architect James Gallier, Jr. were built in 1859 for the Mechanics and Agricultural Fair.
Erected by Orleans Parish Landmarks Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Parks & Recreational Areas • Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is April 13, 1872.
Location. 29° 59.013′ N, 90° 4.625′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is on Gentilly Boulevard west
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of All American Veterans (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Croatian Benevolent Association of Louisiana (approx. 0.6 miles away); Our Lady of the Rosary Rectory (approx. 0.6 miles away); Benachi-Torre House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pitot House (approx. Ύ mile away); The Old Portage (approx. Ύ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
More about this marker. Located on the left main entrance gatehouse exterior wall, facing the main entrance. Obstructed by a Sago palm tree.
Also see . . . Wikipedia Article on Fairgrounds Race Course. (Submitted on September 5, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.