EVANGELINE DOWNS BEGINS THOROUGHBRED SEASON ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6; 26 Stakes Races

 

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016

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EVANGELINE DOWNS BEGINS THOROUGHBRED SEASON ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6

 

26 STAKES RACES WORTH OVER $2 MILLION ON THE 2016 DOCKET

 

OPELOUSAS, LA- Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will kick off its 51st season of Thoroughbred racing action on April 6 in Opelousas, Louisiana. The 84-day meeting will run through Saturday, August 27 with live racing each Wednesday through Saturday night. The season will feature a new post time of 5:50 pm CT, which is a change from the former post time at Evangeline Downs of 5:40 pm.

 

There will be 26 stakes races held during the season with total purses in excess of $2 million. The two biggest nights of the season will occur on a pair of Saturdays. The June 4 program will include three stakes races highlighted by the $100,000 Evangeline Mile for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on the main track. Louisiana Legends Night will take place on July 2 offering eight stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and will also include the richest event of the season, the $125,000 Louisiana Legends Classic for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/16 miles. A total of $775,000 in stakes purse money will be offered on Louisiana Legends Night.

Here is the complete 2016 Evangeline Downs Stakes Schedule:

 

DATE                         RACE                                      SEX/AGE                DISTANCE  

Friday, Apr. 8             $50,000 Cajun Miss                  3YO Fillies                7 furlongs

Saturday, Apr. 9         $50,000 Ragin Cajun                3YO                          7 furlongs

Friday, Apr. 22           $60,000 Opelousas                    3YO & Up F&M      1 mile (TURF)

Saturday, Apr. 23       $60,000 John Henry                  3YO & Up                1 1/16 miles (TURF)

Friday, May 6             $75,000 Equine Sales Oaks      3YO Fillies                1 1/16 miles

Saturday, May 7         $75,000 Equine Sales Derby     3YO C&G                1 1/16 miles

Friday, June 3             $60,000 Tellike                         3YO & Up F&M      5 furlongs (TURF)

Friday, June 3             $75,000 Spotted Horse             3YO & Up F&M      1 mile

Friday, June 3             $70,000 Acadiana                     3YO La-bred Fillies  7 furlongs

Saturday, June 4         $100,000 Evangeline Mile        3YO & Up                1 mile

Saturday, June 4         $60,000 Need For Speed          3YO & Up                5 furlongs (TURF)

Saturday, June 4         $70,000 Lafayette                     3YO La-breds           7 furlongs

 

 

LOUISIANA LEGENDS NIGHT-ALL RACES RESTRICTED TO LOUISIANA-BREDS

Saturday, July 2          $125,000 Classic                       3YO & Up                1 1/16 Miles

Saturday, July 2          $100,000 Distaff                       3YO & Up F&M      1 1/16 Miles

Saturday, July 2          $100,000 Sprint                        3YO & Up                5 ½ furlongs

Saturday, July 2          $100,000 Mademoiselle            3YO & Up F&M      5 ½ furlongs

Saturday, July 2          $100,000 Turf                           3YO & Up                1 1/16 miles (TURF)

Saturday, July 2          $100,000 Cheval                       3YO                          1 mile (TURF)

Saturday, July 2          $100,000 Soiree                        3YO Fillies                1 mile (TURF)

Saturday, July 2          $50,000 Starter                         3YO & Up                1 1/16 miles

 

Saturday, July 16        $100,000 D.S. Shine Young     2YO Fillies                5 ½ furlongs

Saturday, July 16        $100,000 D.S. Shine Young     2YO C&G                5 ½ furlongs

Saturday, Aug. 20       $60,000 Owners’ Day Distaff  3YO & Up F&M      1 1/16 Miles (TURF)

Saturday, Aug. 20       $60,000 Owners’ Day Cup       3YO & Up                1 1/16 Miles (TURF)

Saturday, Aug. 27       $60,000 EvD Prince                  2YO                          6 furlongs

Saturday, Aug. 27       $60,000 EvD Princess               2YO Fillies                6 furlongs

 

Improvements have been made to the turf course at Evangeline Downs for the 2016 Thoroughbred season. The racetrack has hired Randall Leger as the new Track Superintendent. Leger has supervised the turf course improvements, with the assistance of consultant Bode Boudreaux and turf specialist Scott Guidry. Turf rye has been planted on the course, which has also been top-dressed with sub-angular sand. This has allowed the course to now have a more solid foundation and root system. It is expected to be at three inches for the start of the racing season. The end goal of the renovations to the Evangeline Downs turf is to make it one of the finest turf courses in the United States.

 

For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

 

 

About Evangeline Downs

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