Louisiana Downs opened in 1974. It was built by shopping center developer Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., a longtime supporter of horse racing; it was third race track he developed, along with Thistledown and Remington Park. 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 United States stakes distance of 1¼ miles (2,000 m). The race often attracts winners and top finishers from the season's American Classic Races races.
The casino features 1,300 slot machines.
- Jessica Pacheco (2006-2007)
- Jarrod Hurak (2008-present)