By Bill Finley
While no horses or people suffered major injuries as a result of Hurricane Laura, the storm produced serious damage to Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana, leaving the facility in such bad shape that its director of racing operations Chris Warren said there was no chance the track would be able to begin its Thoroughbred meet on time.
“This meet is supposed to start Oct. 6. That isn’t going to happen,” Warren said. “There’s no way. When it will happen, I have no idea.”
“There’s debris and sheet metal everywhere,” he said. “The tote board got demolished. It collapsed and is completely gone. Our camera towers are gone, so is our holding barn. The starting gates got completely turned over and the light poles are torn up. The whole backside rail is pretty much ruined. There’s just a lot of damage and it is everywhere.”
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AUGUST 28 AND 29 WILL BE ADDED TO THE 2019 SEASON
OPELOUSAS, LA – Evangeline Downs is announcing that the 2019 Thoroughbred season will be extended by two additional days. Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 29 will now be the final two days of the meeting. The regular 5:50 pm Central Time post time will be in effect for both of those dates.
Evangeline Downs has suffered several weather-related cancellations since the season started on April 3. Hurricane Barry is the most recent cause of this happening with the Saturday, July 13 program being cancelled in anticipation of the storm’s impact on the Louisiana area.
Evangeline Downs’ Director of Racing Chris Warren says that this was a decision made in conjunction with the track’s horsemen, “Boyd Gaming has agreed to work with the HBPA to add two additional race days to offset some of the days that were lost during the season.”
Live racing at Evangeline Downs will resume on Wednesday night with a nine-race program. Post time on Wednesday will be 5:50 pm Central Time.
For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website atwww.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.
About Evangeline Downs
Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel is owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation, a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Boyd Gaming press releases are available at www.prnewswire.com. Additional news and information can be found at www.boydgaming.com, or www.evangelinedowns.com.
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