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Fair Grounds regulars and other locals share special moments in WYES-TV/Channel 12’s latest documentary, NEW ORLEANS FAIR GROUNDS MEMORIES. The hour-long program premieres Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“While many folks have been to the Fair Grounds at Jazz Fest I do hope our  program will remind them that we have one of the top and most beloved race courses in America. It’s so much fun to bet on the beautiful horses and enjoy corned beef and cabbage  in such an amazing and historic place!” said producer and narrator Peggy Scott Laborde.

NEW ORLEANS FAIR GROUNDS MEMORIES looks at some of the owners, trainers and jockeys that have contributed to the track’s rich history, including Allen “Blackcat” LaCombe. Also profiled are Joe Brown and his wife, Dorothy Dorsett Brown, who had a stable of over forty horses at the Fair Grounds.

Along with rare films and photos, the show will feature interviews with Bryan Krantz, former Fair Grounds owner; Tom Amoss, one of the leading trainers at the Fair Grounds; and Evelyn Benoit, thoroughbred owner and breeder, who has one of the largest stables at the racecourse.

Additional interviews are with former jockeys, Ronnie Lamarque, co-owner of Risen Star; journalists Angus Lind and Ronnie Virgets; and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Executive Director Quint Davis, to name just a few.

Also explored are the hurricanes, fire and bankruptcy that the Fair Grounds withstood. For more information, visit WYES.org.

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