|Harrah's Louisiana Downs|
Louisiana Downs off Interstate 20 in Bossier City
|Location||Bossier City, Louisiana|
|Address||8000 E. Texas St.
Bossier City, Louisiana 71111
|Total gaming space||150,000 square feet (14,000 m2)|
|Notable restaurants||Harrah's Club
Pepper Rose Too
Louisiana Downs was built by shopping center developer Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., of Cleveland, Ohio, a longtime supporter of horse racing; it was third race track that he developed, along with Thistledown in North Randall, Ohio, and Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Harrah's Entertainment purchased the track in 2002.
The track is home to the Grade II Super Derby, a race run each September since 1980 at the classic distance of 1 1⁄4 miles (2,000 m). The race often attracts winners and top finishers from the American Classic Races.
In its first year of operation, more than 300,000 wagered in excess of $23 million. In 1983, 1.3 million fans wagered $224 million in the 125-day racing season.
The casino features 1,300 slot machines.
- "Louisiana Downs is nation's 5th largest track," Minden Press-Herald, February 28, 1984, p. 6C