02/16/2005 12:00AM

Louisiana Legends Night main event of new season

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Evangeline Downs has added six new stakes to its schedule for the 2005 season, which will be conducted for the first time at its new site in Opelousas, La., beginning April 7. In all, 17 stakes worth $965,000 will be decided, highlighted by the inaugural Louisiana Legends Night on July 2.

Louisiana Legends Night is a program of eight statebred stakes worth a cumulative $425,000. It is led by the $100,000 D.S. "Shine" Young Memorial Futurity. The five-furlong race for 2-year-olds bred in Louisiana will be run for the 40th time.

Six $50,000 stakes also are on the program, including a one-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and one for 3-year-old fillies.

Jason Boulet, racing secretary at Evangeline, said he wants to add two turf stakes to Legends Night when the track begins grass racing in 2006.

Other major stakes during the meet include the $100,000 Evangeline Mile for 3-year-olds and upward on Aug. 14 and the $75,000 Lafayette for 2-year-olds on Sept. 5. Among the new stakes is the $50,000 Hallowed Dreams for 3-year-old fillies at five and a half furlongs on April 15.

Evangeline will race 88 days through Sept. 5.

2005 stakes schedule

DATEEVENTCONDITIONSDISTANCEPURSE
Thurs. April 7Inaugural Handicap3 YO6 furlongs$50,000
Fri. April 15HALLOWED DREAMS3 YOF5 1/2 furlongs50,000
Fri. May 6John Henry Handicap3YO & Up1 1/16 miles50,000
Fri. May 20Tellike Handicap3YO & Up F&M6 furlongs50,000
Fri. June 17EvD Sprint Championship3YO & Up4 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat. July 2Mervin Muniz Memorial3YO & Up*1 Mile 70 yds25,000
Sat. July 2POLA BENOIT MEMORIAL4YO & Up*1 1/16 miles50,000
Sat. July 2J. ARCHIE SEBASTIEN MEM.4YO & Up F&M*1 1/16 miles50,000
Sat. July 2JUNIUS DELAHOUSSAYE MEM.3YO & Up*5 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sat. July 2PIERRE LeBLANC MEMORIAL3YO & Up F&M*5 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sat. July 2B. B . Rayburn Stakes3 YO*1 Mile50,000
Sat. July 2Frank A. Abadie Memorial3 YOF *1 Mile50,000
Sat. July 2"shine" Young Futurity2 YO*5 furlongs100,000
Sat. July 30John Franks Memorial Sales2 YO5 furlongs75,000
Sat. Aug. 13Evangeline Mile3YO & Up1 Mile100,000
Sat. Sept. 3 Matron HandicapF&M 3 & Up1 Mile50,000
Mon. Sept. 5Lafayette Stakes2 YO6 furlongs75,000

* Denotes accredited Louisiana Bred