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Fair Grounds Opens 148th Season

Fair Grounds

Horse racing returns to New Orleans on Thanksgiving Day, featuring the Thanksgiving Classic as the Fair Grounds Racecourse opens the gates for the 148th racing season. Opening day will have a special post time of 12:00 pm. The winter meet at Fair Grounds stretches from November 28-March 29, highlighted by the Fair Grounds Oaks and Louisiana Derby.

Veteran announcer John G. Dooley returns to the Big Easy oval to be the voice of the Fair Grounds, which he has been for over 15 years. John joined Karl Lengel in the WWNO studios to talk about the track and the new season.

Karl Lengel has worked in the lively arts as an actor, announcer, manager, director, administrator and teacher. In broadcast, he has accumulated over two decades of on-air experience and is currently WWNO’s anchor for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a host for “Louisiana Considered”. He holds a BS in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University and an MFA in Film and Theatre from the University of New Orleans.

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