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9:52 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Photos From the 100th Louisiana Derby

Getting ready to start a race. This was the first year the Fair Grounds included an infield festival along with the Louisiana Derby.
Jason Saul WWNO

This past Saturday marked the 100th running of the Louisiana Derby, the yearly horse race at the Fair Grounds that serves as one of the feeders to the Kentucky Derby.

Thousands of people came out to enjoy the races and the new infield festival, held in an area familiar to many as the home of the Jazz Fest. The festival included live music and a line up of some of the city's most popular food trucks, and helped spur on-track betting to its second-highest total in history, according to information released by the track.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:57 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Fair Grounds declares mandatory evacuation of barns; weekend racing cancelled

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots officials have declared a mandatory evacuation of its barn area in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to become a hurricane as it moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The evacuation applies to about 700 horses currently stabled at Fair Grounds, as well as all workers.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
3:38 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Emergency called in three suburban New Orleans parishes

Plaquemines Parish crews hustled to the levees that protect the low-lying New Orleans suburb and St. Charles Parish closed schools through Wednesday as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moved west.

It's expected to become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall somewhere from east of Morgan City to the Florida Panhandle.

Plaquemines, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes all have declared a state of emergency. St. Charles Parish is stocking all sandbag locations; people will need to bring their own shovels to fill bags.