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Preview: Louisiana Derby Infield Festival

Will Coviello previews the 100th running of the Louisiana Derby, which features food trucks and live music

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Saturday marks the 100th running of the Louisiana Derby, a race for 3-year-old horses with $1 million in prize money. The top finishers earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby. The Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots also is holding an infield festival, similar to the one held at its Louisville, Ky. Churchill Downs on Derby Day. A music stage and food trucks will fill the infield, which will be accessible to the Grandstand and paddock area via pedestrian bridges over the track. Participating food trucks include BBQ n' Some, Empanada Intifada, La Cocinita, Frencheeze, Fry Bar NOLA, Linda Green the Yakamein Lady, Woody's Fish Tacos and many others. Racing starts at noon, and the nationally televised Louisiana Derby is 2 p.m. Cowboy Mouth plays after the Derby and both racing and music continue through the day. Funk band Flow Tribe also performs. Grandstand admission $10, Clubhouse admission $15, Infield Festival admission $25, Infield VIP $60. — WILL COVIELLO

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