TUESDAY JUNE 30, 2015
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SPECIAL SATURDAY NIGHT OF RACING SCHEDULED FOR JULY 4TH
OPELOUSAS, La. � Evangeline Downs hosts the Louisiana Legends Festival of Racing on Saturday, July 4. There will be eight Louisiana-bred stakes races on the 12-race program with purses totaling $775,000.
The featured event is the $125,000 Louisiana Legends Classic with a field of seven going 1 1/16 miles. The 5-2 morning line favorite is Stormdriver, who won the $60,000 John Henry Stakes and was runner-up in the $100,000 Evangeline Mile earlier this season at Evangeline Downs. Stormdriver is trained by Patrick Devereux Jr. and will be ridden on Saturday by Diego Saenz.
The program also features the return to Evangeline Downs of 2014 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint winner, Heitai, who is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint at 5 ? furlongs. Since his win in the 2014 Turf Sprint, Heitai has added three more stakes victories to his resume�, which now totals 14 victories from 30 lifetime starts and career earnings of $921,043. Heitai is trained by Tom Amoss and will also have the riding services of Diego Saenz.
There are five other $100,000 stakes races on the Saturday night program at Evangeline Downs. Those races are the Louisiana Legends Soiree for 3-year-olds at one mile on the turf, the Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle for 3-year-old fillies and mares at 5 ? furlongs, the Louisiana Legends Cheval for 3-year-olds at one mile on the turf, the Louisiana Legends Distaff for 3-year-old and up fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles, and the Louisiana Legends Turf for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
Post time for the 12-race Louisiana Legends program at Evangeline Downs on Saturday night is 5:40 pm Central Time.
For more information about the upcoming season at Evangeline Downs visit the track�s website at www.evangelinedownsracing.com<http://www.evangelinedownsracing.com> . For more details regarding this year�s $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint race go to www.evdracing.com/turf-sprint<http://www.evdracing.com/turf-sprint> .
Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Evangeline Downs is located in Opelousas, Louisiana, just off I-49 at exit 18.