The ponies at Harrah's Lousiana Downs bring more than just fun

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 5:47pm

Racing season kicked off Friday afternoon at Harrah's Louisiana Downs, and even a cold opening day couldn't keep fans, and their wallets away.

While admission to the races is totally free, many people that go to the races buy snacks, drinks, and maybe even place a bet or two, all bringing money to the local economy.

Spectators might spend a little money each time they visit, but racing season also brings new people to the area. Visitors come from east Texas, south Arkansas, even Oklahoma to watch the ponies in action, buying, at the very least, gas while their in the area.

Then, there's the racing staff. Louisiana Downs brings in an additional 1600 horses during the 5 month season, each horse bringing an elaborate team to watch over them. One trainer, from the New Orleans area, estimates his team's weekly expenditures to be about $5,000. That's just one team. Each team that comes to help their pony race at the track helps out the local economy.

All that money infused into the economy, each person hoping their favorite pony will come in first.


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