01/20/2016 3:16PM

Evangeline Downs cancels rich Turf Sprint, adds seven stakes

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Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., has made a host of changes to its 26-race, $2 million stakes schedule for the Thoroughbred meet that opens April 6. The track has discontinued the $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint but added seven new stakes races, including four offerings for 3-year-olds. The 84-date meet runs through Aug. 27.

The Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint, which was introduced in 2014, ended up having just one running after flooding forced the cancellation of the card it anchored in 2015. Evangeline has since restructured its stakes schedule, with this year’s opening weekend ushering in two of the track’s new stakes. The Cajun Miss is for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs April 8, and the Ragin Cajun is for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs April 9. Each race is worth $50,000.

Other new stakes offerings at this meet include the Equine Sales Oaks on May 6 and the Equine Sales Derby on May 7. The races each cover 1 1/16 miles and are worth $75,000. The restricted stakes are being run in partnership with the Equine Sales Co., located near Evangeline.

The $775,000 Louisiana Legends Night program of eight Louisiana-bred stakes is July 2. The $100,000 Evangeline Mile for 3-year-olds and up anchors a card of three stakes June 4.

Purses are projected to average $165,000 a program, according to the track. Stall applications are due Feb. 19.

2015 Evangeline Downs stakes schedule

DATE RACE CONDITIONS DISTANCE PURSE
Fri., Apr. 8 Cajun Miss 3YO Fillies 7F $50,000
Sat., Apr. 9 Ragin Cajun 3YO Open 7F $50,000
Fri., Apr. 22 Opelousas 3YO & UP F&M 1M (T) $60,000
Sat., Apr. 23 John Henry 3YO & UP Open 1 1/16M (T) $60,000
Fri., May 6 Equine Sales Oaks 3YO Fillies** 1 1/16M $75,000
Sat., May 7 Equine Sales Derby 3YO Open** 1 1/16M $75,000
Fri., June 3 Tellike 3YO & UP F&M 5F (T) $60,000
Fri., June 3 Spotted Horse 3YO & UP F&M 1M $75,000
Fri., June 3 Acadiana 3YO Fillies* 7F $70,000
Sat., June 4 Evangeline Mile 3YO & UP 1M $100,000
Sat., June 4 Need For Speed 3YO & UP 5F (T) $60,000
Sat., June 4 Lafayette 3YO Open* 7F $70,000
Sat., July 2 Louisiana Legends Classic 3YO & UP Open* 1 1/16M $125,000
Sat., July 2 Louisiana Legends Distaff 3YO & UP F&M* 1 1/16M  $100,000
Sat., July 2 Louisiana Legends Sprint 3YO & UP Open* 5 1/2F $100,000
Sat., July 2 Louisiana Legends Madamoiselle 3YO & UP F&M* 5 1/2F $100,000
Sat., July 2 Louisiana Legends Turf 3YO & UP Open* 1 1/16M (T) $100,000
Sat., July 2 Louisiana Legends Cheval 3YO Open* 1M (T) $100,000
Sat., July 2 Louisiana Legends Soiree 3YO Fillies* 1M (T) $100,000
Sat., July 16 D.S. "Shine" Young 2YO Fillies* 5 1/2F $100,000
Sat., July 16 D.S. "Shine" Young 2YO C&G* 5 1/2F $100,000
Sat., Aug. 20 Owner's Day Distaff 3YO & UP F&M** 1 1/16M (T) $60,000
Sat., Aug. 20 Owner's Day 3YO & UP** 1 1/16M (T) $60,000
Sat., Aug. 27 Evangeline Downs Prince 2YO Open 6F $75,000
Sat., Aug. 27 Evangeline Downs Starlet 2YO Fillies 6F $75,000

*Louisiana-bred
**Restricted