Fair Grounds releases racing dates

For the first time in a century-and-a-half of horse racing at the Fair Grounds, a meeting will kick off under the lights with a Starlight Racing party Nov. 22.

Racing will also be held the following Thursday on Thanksgiving Day, continuing a tradition dating to 1898.

The dates and stakes schedule for the 84-day meet were officially announced Tuesday.

Thoroughbred season will until March 30, highlighted by the 101st running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (Grade II) on March 29.

The stakes schedule features 58 races.

A complete 2013-14 calendar can be found online at www.FGNO.com/horsemen.

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