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April 18, 2012


 

For Immediate Release

Evangeline Downs Contact:
Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino
Steve Darbonne
(337) 594-3611
 
Public Relations Contact:
Calzone & Associates
Julie Calzone
(337) 235 2924 ext. 3
 
 
2012 Evangeline Downs Thoroughbred Racing Season Full of New Events
and Higher Stakes Racing
Cajun Roots in Racing Celebrated in Race Program
 
(Opelousas, La.) - The 2012 Evangeline Downs thoroughbred-racing season begins tonight. Racing Wednesdays through Saturdays; first post time of the night is at 5:40 p.m. All the action kicks off April 18, tonight, and continues through September 8. The Opelousas, Louisiana-based facility has evolved to the entertainment destination that was the vision when the facility was built in 2003 as a casino, live horse racing facility, and simulcast off-track betting facility.
 
“Not only does the Thoroughbred Season feature 84 days of racing excitement, this year Evangeline Downs is hosting events and promotions all season long in their Clubhouse, paddock area and trackside,” said Steve Darbonne, director of racing operations. “The live action of racing has deep roots in the Cajun culture along with a party atmosphere for people of all ages.”
 
Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino is the first “Racino” built in this country from the ground up. It features a state-of-the-art facility with a one-mile oval, 7/8-mile turf course, a 1 1/8-mile chute and nearly 1,000 stalls on the backside. The entire property consists of nearly 750 acres.
 
“Louisiana has the most successful racing and breeding incentive program in North America,” said Darbonne. “We believe our racing program is one of the best entertainment values and something the whole family can enjoy.”
 
Click here to download a copy of the 2012 Thoroughbred Racing Calendar.
 
ADMISSION, PARKING AND MORE
• Clubhouse admission is free with a minimum purchase of food and beverage*.
• Free valet and general parking
• Looking for directions, click here.
 
*Proper attire in clubhouse, reservations recommended. Group Rates are available.
*No age too young or old to attend the races. (Must be 18 or older to bet.)
 
WEEKLY PROMOTIONS:
 
Mares, Martinis & Abita Beer Every Wednesday (Starting April 25)
 
Girls' Night Out! Their version of Ladies' Night that combines the excitement of racing with drink specials in the Clubhouse. The first race starts at 5:40 p.m. with action until the last race. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to bet, they have lots of people around to show you how.
 
$4.99 Cosmopolitans, Chocolate Martinis, Apple Martinis, Cape Cods and Frozen Margaritas.
Featuring Abita Amber, Purple Haze, Abita Light, Abita Golden, Turbodog, Restoration Ale & Jockamo.
 
 
 
Studs, Suds & 50¢ Ponies Every Thursday (Starting April 19)
 
Guys' Night Out! You guessed it, beer and betting on the some of the best horses in racing. The first race starts at 5:40 p.m. with action until the last race. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to bet, they have lots of people around to show you how.
 
50¢ Coors Light and Miller Lite Ponies.
 
 
Date Night Every Friday (Starting April 20)
 
Enjoy a night of racing, dinner and drinks with your sweetheart. Specials available in the Clubhouse. The first race starts at 5:40 p.m. with action until the last race. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to bet, they have lots of people around to show you how.
 
$4.00 House Wine by the glass with 50¢ Coors Light or Miller Lite Ponies.
$19.99 Buffet.
$9.99 Buffet for children 12 and under.
 
Family Night Every Saturday (Starting April 21)
 
Bring the whole family to the Clubhouse for food, fun and racing in the Clubhouse. The first race starts at 5:40 p.m. with action until the last race.
 
$19.99 Buffet.
$7.99 Cheese Pizza for children 12 and under.
$9.99 Buffet for children 12 and under.
 
 
Advertised food and beverage specials run in the Clubhouse from open to close on the nights indicated. (Must be 21 & older for alcohol consumption. Prices exclude tax & gratuity. Government issued photo ID required. Management reserves all rights.)
 
For more information call (337) 594-3000 or go to evangelinedowns.com.
 
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How to Place a Wager on a Horse Race

Betting on horse racing isn’t a complicated procedure. Most often, you place your bet, take your ticket, and tear it up when your bet doesn’t pay off. However, if you’re lucky — or skilled — you get to take your ticket back to the window and collect your winnings. The following list spells out the betting procedure step by step:

  • State the name of the racetrack.
  • State what number race you’re betting.
  • State the dollar unit of your bet.
  • State the type of wager.
  • You can bet on a single horse to win, place, or show or on a combination of horses.
  • State the number of the horse or horses you’re using.

 

 

 

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