Louisiana Downs (Bossier City, LA)
(Racing Dates: 06/06/2020 - 09/23/2020)
Harrah's Louisiana Downs is a horse racing track and racino located in Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana. It opened in 1974. The casino features 1,300 slot machines. The track specification is a dirt track of 1 mi (1.609 km) & turf course of 0.875 mi (1.408 km).
Louisiana Downs was built by shopping center developer Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., of Cleveland, Ohio, a longtime supporter of horse racing; it was third race track that he developed, along with Thistledown in North Randall, Ohio, and Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In its first year of operation, more than 300,000 wagered in excess of $23 million. In 1983, 1.3 million fans wagered $224 million in the 125-day racing season.
Harrah's Entertainment (now Caesars Entertainment) purchased the track in 2002. In October 2017, ownership of the property was transferred to Vici Properties as part of a corporate spin-off, and it was leased back to Caesars.
The Thoroughbred meet takes place from early May through October. A quarter horse meet is held from January through March.
The track is home to the Grade II Super Derby, a race run each September since 1980 at the classic distance of 1 1⁄4 miles (2,000 m). The race often attracts winners and top finishers from the American Classic Races. It also hosts the Tiznow Handicap.
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