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.
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.