The 35th annual running of the Super Derby in Bossier City will have a $400,000 purse and is expected to attract horses from around the country - and a "Duck" from just down Hwy. 20.
The entire upcoming week is stocked with events at the racetrack. On Monday, the Downs hosts its annual Wiener Dog Races at noon. Each pooch will race to the finish line, with the winner of each heat later competing for doggie biscuits in the final race of the day.
Spectators can bet on their favorite "hot-dog" for just $1. The human prize for those betting is a Wiener Dog Race T-shirt. All of the proceeds from these races go to Robinson's Rescue. There will also be a kid-friendly area with bounce houses and more.
On Thursday is a two-legged race - the annual 5K Gallop will be held at 7 p.m. on the grass track. It's being held in conjunction with Sports Spectrum.
Last year, a new event was been added to the Super Derby run down: Office Olympics. It's on tap again for this year, but it will be at Louisiana Downs.
Saturday is the big day, and noon is post time. The Super Derby Sky Room will be open for race viewing and a buffet. A day pass costs $39.99. Call 318-742-5555 to make reservations.
There will also be a free kid-friendly area with bounce houses and other events. The Celebrity All You Can Eat Doughnut contest will be held between the races. This year's lineup includes some TV and radio personalities.
There is also the annual Hat Contest, with judging for three categories: Spirit of Louisiana, Classic and Most Original. There is a monetary prize for this contest.
As a fun twist, the Downs and Townsquare Media will let the public choose who will sing the National Anthem at the Super Derby. The winner will receive $500 in cash.
"Uncle" Si Robertson will be taking part in all the Super Derby Day festivities, including calling a race. He's scheduled to be at the microphone during the 7th day of the race on Saturday.
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