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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 worked at New Orleans Public Radio for more than two decades before leaving the station in 2023.

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