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The racetrack at Harrah's Louisiana Downs is home of the Super Derby, one of the premiere races for 3 year olds in North America. With thoroughbred racing every May through September and Quarter Horse racing from January through March, there is no shortage of live horse racing action. Throughout the year you can test your handicapping skills as you watch and wager on live horse racing from racetracks around the world in our simulcast facilities.


Louisiana Downs, located on 350 acres near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana opened on October 30, 1974 with approximately 15,000 fans in attendance for the first day of its inaugural meet. Built by the late shopping-center magnate, Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., the track was a success from the start, setting numerous national records for handle and attendance throughout the 1970's and '80's.

In 1980, plans were announced for the first running of the Super Derby, a 1-1/4 mile race to be run in the fall with the hope of attracting the best three-year-olds in the country and to have an impact on the end-of-the year championships. With a $500,000 purse, the race was the richest ever for three-year-old Thoroughbreds. On October 18, 1980, Belmont Stakes winner Temperence Hill won the inaugural Super Derby and became only the third Thoroughbred in history to earn more than $1 million. In its 24 runnings, the Super Derby has attracted four Kentucky Derby winners, four Preakness Stakes winners, five Belmont Stakes winners and seven Travers Stakes winners. Six previous Super Derby entrants have won the prestigious Breeders' Cup Classic and three Super Derby winners, Tiznow, Sunday Silence and Alysheba have been voted the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year, the industry's highest award. The race has rightfully taken its place nationally as one of the most anticipated of the year.

Purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002, the track continues its commitment to presenting the highest quality and most exciting Thoroughbred racing each and every day of the season while attracting some of the country's top trainers and horses year after year. Every winter, Louisiana Downs hosts a quarter horse meet, showcasing the fastest breed of horses on the planet.



To participate make your wager with your Total Rewards Card to receive your Reward Credit multiplier.

  • Play $250 or more to receive a 5X multiplier
  • Play $1,000 or more to receive a 7X multiplier
  • Play $5,000 or more to receive a 10X multiplier

Participant’s multiplier cannot exceed a total balance of more than one hundred thousand (100,000) Reward Credits during one promotional day after the multiplier is applied.

$5.00 FREE BET

  • Saturdays May 7 & 21/ Opt in and receive a ticket at the Racing Kiosks between 11am and 5pm
  • Saturdays May 14 & 28/ Redeem your Free Bet at the Mutuel Counter

$1.00 DAY

Wednesday- $1 Days ($1 hot dog and $1 beer @Paddock, $1 program)


Saturday – Family Four Pack (4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, program, and a box seat for 4 for $16)


Harrah’s Club offers our guests an all-day buffet dining experience for a great price, just $19.99 per person. Harrah’s Club will be open on Saturdays starting on May 7, 2016. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made through Racing Publications. The Buffet offering begins at 12pm and ends each Saturday at 6pm.



Grandstand seating is free everyday of Live Racing. Clubhouse Box seats with a TV monitor $30(includes 4 seats) and w/o $5/seat. However the prices change for Super Derby, with a TV monitor $50(includes 4 seats) and w/o $10/seat. The phone number to make reservations is 800-551-7223 or 318-747-7223.