30th Running of Super Derby This Weekend

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 2:09pm

This Saturday marks the 30th running of the Super Derby at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.

The Super Derby is the 11th race on the ticket, and horses are expected to post at 5:15 p.m.

The purse for that race is $75,000.

That means, combined with the 5 other stakes races on the card, the total purse is more than $1.2 million .

Downs officials say, the horses aren't the only reasons to head out to the track.

"There's lots of big stakes races, we have a super derby star anthem singer, we have a hat contest," said track announcer Travis Stone. "If the ladies have some nice hats and want to enter our hats contest, that's free to enter with cash prizes. And of course great horse racing, the best racing we offer."

The event will also include a grits eating contest, and an autograph signing event.

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