Fair Grounds releases racing dates Fair Grounds releases racing dates Advocate news services July 13, 2013 Comments 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. First post will be 1 p.m. most days.