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July 08, 2004


(Carencro, Louisiana)--Kent Desormeaux, world-class jockey and winner of two Kentucky Derbies (1998, 2000) and more than 4,400 other wins, will donate a saddle from the late Bill Shoemaker. The saddle was used by Shoemaker while riding Ferdinand when he won the Kentucky Derby in 1986. Shoemaker also won the Breeder's Cup on Ferdinand in 1987. Shoemaker rode in a record 40,350 races and was inducted to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 1958. Desormeaux, a native of Maurice, Louisiana, will also be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame on August 9, 2004.

Below you will find a press release with information regarding A Night at the Races. The event is scheduled for Monday, July 12, 2004 at the Original Evangeline Downs.

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Julie Calzone
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July 8, 2004

Bill Shoemaker's Winning Saddle to be Auctioned at A Night at the Races
Kent Desormeaux Donates Saddle-Proceeds to Benefit Women's Center of Lafayette

(Carencro, Louisiana)--Kent Desormeaux, world-class jockey and winner of two Kentucky Derbies (1998, 2000) and more than 4,400 other wins, will donate a saddle from the late Bill Shoemaker. The saddle was used by Shoemaker while riding Ferdinand when he won the Kentucky Derby in 1986. Shoemaker also won the Breeder's Cup on Ferdinand in 1987. Shoemaker rode in a record 40,350 races and was inducted to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 1958. Desormeaux, a native of Maurice, Louisiana, will also be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame on August 9, 2004.

The saddle will be on display to Acadiana racing fans at the silent auction area during A Night at the Races, July 12, 2004. The event will be held in Carencro, at the original Evangeline Downs Racetrack. Advanced tickets are available for $100.00 per person and include general parking, clubhouse admission, a racing program, dinner, open bar, a silent auction, and plenty of fun. Tickets purchased at the door will be $125.00. Individuals purchasing tickets before July 9th will receive an autographed picture of Kent Desormeaux.

Silent auction items will be made available for purchase in the main clubhouse for both supporters and the general public. Desormeaux will be on hand to meet with racing fans near the silent auction tables.

Following a race dedicated to The Women's Center of Lafayette, Desormeaux will present a special trophy to the owner of the winning horse. All proceeds of A Night at the Races will benefit The Women's Center of Lafayette.

For ticket information, contact Leroy Abshire at the Women's Center of Lafayette at 337.289.9367.

About Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino
Peninsula Gaming Company, LLC, the parent company of Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino in Opelousas, LA, owns Evangeline Downs Racetrack in Carencro, LA. The "Racino" development is the first new facility of its kind in the United States to be built from the ground up and was completed ahead of schedule. The Casino opened December 19, 2003.

The racing operation is expected to move to a totally new facility next to the Casino and begin racing by April 2005. Evangeline Downs opened for its final live racing at its current Carencro location in 2004 on April 1 and will race a 92-day thoroughbred meet through Labor Day, September 6, 2004. Racing will be held on a Thursday through Saturday format and also Mondays with a post time of 6:45 p.m. A Quarter Horse race meet returns to the track on September 16 through October 31 (including a special quarter horse date on Sunday August 22) with racing on a Thursday through Sunday schedule. Post time for all quarter horse evenings will be at 6:45 p.m.

Contact:
Julie Calzone, CEO/Calzone & Associates
337.235.2924 ext. 3, jcalzone@calzone.com

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