09/02/2011 8:59PM

Evangeline Saturday card canceled due to expected storm, rescheduled for Thursday

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OPELOUSAS, LA. - Evangeline Downs has canceled Saturday night’s program in anticipation of Tropical Depression 13, which formed earlier this week in the Gulf of Mexico.

The 10-race program, including the $50,000 Opelousas Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, will be brought back in its entirety - as it was drawn - on Thursday. The rescheduled program joins Friday and Saturday of next week as not being on the original calendar of the Evangeline meet as the final two Wednesdays in August were dropped iin order to extend the season an extra week.

"We are expecting several inches of rain with the storm along with quite a bit of wind," said Evangeline racing secretary Coleman Lloyd. "With the season already being extended an extra couple of days, Thursday is a perfect spot to bring Saturday’s card back."

Racing is scheduled to resume this Labor Day Monday with a special holiday first post of 3:05 p.m. Central Time. Post times for next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will return to 5:40 p.m. Central.