Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Corporate Name: Harrah’s Bossier City Investment Co., Inc.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5519, Bossier City, Louisiana 71171-5519
Street Address: 8000 East Texas Street, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111 (click for map)
Telephone: (318) 742-5555
Racing Office: (800) 551-2361
Group Sales: (800) 648-0712
Fax: (318) 752-6444; Racing Office: (318) 741-2591
Email:  [email protected]
Website: www.ladowns.com

Louisiana Downs is owned by Las Vegas-based Harrah’s Entertainment, which acquired the track in December 2002. In May 2004, a 150,000 square-foot casino connected to the racing pavilion opened, featuring more than 1,100 slot machines, and a Diamond Lounge and bar.

The highlight of the racing season will be the Grade II Super Derby in September when the nation’s top 3-year-olds will compete. The Super Derby has attracted four Kentucky Derby winners, four Preakness winners, five Belmont winners, and seven Travers winners. Seven winners of the Breeders’ Cup Classic have competed in the Super Derby – Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Unbridled, Concern, Awesome Again, Tiznow (the only two-time winner of the Classic), and Blame.

Senior Vice President and General Manager: Mike Rich
Director of Operations: Trent McIntosh, (318) 752-6980
Racing Secretary: David Heitzmann
Simulcast: Mary Troilo
Track Announcer: John McGary
Track Superintendent: Billy McKeever, (318) 752-6394
Track Caterer: Louisiana Downs
Nearest City: Seven miles east of Shreveport on Interstate 20
Nearest Airport: 12 miles from Shreveport Regional Airport
Track Data: 1-mile, sandy loam; 7-furlong and 1¼-mile chutes; Franks turf course, 7 furlongs and 50 feet; main track distance from last turn to finish, 1,010 feet; turf course distance from last turn to finish, 940 feet; width of stretch and backstretch: main track 80 feet; turf course 70 feet
Price of Admission: Free; Grandstand Clubhouse Box, $30
Dress Requirements: Penthouse Level/Harrah’s Club: appropriate dress required
Minimum Age Admitted: Children admitted with adult during live racing; minors not allowed access to casino
Parking Facilities: 4,000 cars; free general and valet parking
Group discounts: (800) 648-0712