New Season of Live Racing Begins
Reprinted From The Mardi Gras Blog
Thursday December 1st began the 78th season of greyhound racing here at Mardi Gras Casino and it looks like it’ll be a thrill a second! For our opening weekend we were lucky enough to have one of the most recognizable voices in the industry broadcasting live from our very own grandstand, Mr. Randy Birch! A 30-year broadcasting veteran, he and our house announcer Ramon Cadavieco kept the crowd enthralled during their show on Big Jackpot Betting. Live from our brand new announcer’s booth right in the grandstand, all of the show’s regulars were in attendance in the Big Jackpot chat room, as well as a few very special live appearances! (Nice to see you Curlyman, SFRenie & Ecoraider!)
This year we’ve revamped our stakes races a bit, saying goodbye to some oldies (the Hollywoodian and the Futurity) but are pleased to be bringing back a couple of classics: The American Derby and The Floridian. We will start the stakes racing calendar with the $75,000 World Classic, followed by the $10,000 Joe Ryan, Jr. Memorial. Next comes The American Derby (considered the Kentucky Derby of Greyhound Racing) which will be reborn in 2012 at Mardi Gras and run for the first time ever in Florida. The Floridian hasn’t been run in years and we’re eager to have it close our stakes racing schedule this season.
In between races, be sure to check out our wide variety of Greyhound, Harness and Thoroughbred races displayed in our second floor simulcast area, a wide variety offered every day!