THE 84-DAY SEASON BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
OPELOUSAS, LA –The 2022 Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs will begin on Wednesday, April 6. The meet will consist of 84 days of racing, running on a Wednesday through Saturday weekly schedule and concluding on August 27. First post each night is scheduled for 5:50pm Central time.
Stall applications are due by Tuesday, February 15. Horsemen interested in an application can visit the track website at www.evdracing.com and click on the Horsemen’s Info tab. The racing office can be contacted directly at 337-594-3000.
The stakes calendar features a couple of new additions with the Acadiana and Lafayette Stakes. The Acadiana, for 3-year-old fillies, will be run on Friday, April 15, with the Lafayette, for 3-year-olds, the following night. The May stakes action features the EVD Distaff, for 4-year-old and up Louisiana-bred filly and mares, on May 6 and the EVD Classic, for Louisiana-bred 4-year-olds and up, on May 7.
The featured night of the Thoroughbred racing season is on Saturday, June 4 with the Louisiana Legends stakes program. Six stakes races for Louisiana-bred runners, each with a purse of $75,000, will highlight the card. Legends Mademoiselle winner Cilla was the star of the 2021 night with her big victory, and subsequent efforts in open stakes company last summer.
July will see the renewals of the Opelousas and John Henry Stakes turf races. The Opelousas, on Friday July 1, is for 3-year-old and up filly and mares. The John Henry, to be run on Saturday, July 2, is for 3-year-olds and up.
The final month of the racing season will have a couple of stakes weekends. The Friday, August 5 card will include the Spotted Horse, a stakes for 3-year-old and up filly and mares. The Evangeline Mile, for 3-year-olds and up, will be contested Saturday, August 6. Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds will take center stage on closing weekend with the D.S “Shine” Young Futurities. The filly division will be run on Friday, August 26, with the colts and geldings division on the final night of the meet, August 27.
For more information on Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs information can also be found on Twitter @EVDracing and on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.