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Louisiana Derby - 1939
The first race track in New Orleans was laid out in 1820 by Francois Livaudais on his Live Oak Plantation, which was near the intersection of St. Charles & Washington. In 1872, the Louisiana Jockey Club took over the old Creole race course, the present fair grounds. After horse racing was abolished in 1908, it was 1915 before racing was legal again. Changes in management took place in 1926, 1934 & 1940 when the fairgrounds corporation was founded. Today the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival is held there every spring.