08/06/2006 11:00PM

Storm disrupts Evangeline card


Evangeline Downs was forced to cancel two of its races Saturday night after storm damage earlier in the day made it impossible to use the new seven-furlong chute, which the track began running races over last month.

The fourth and eighth races, scheduled to be run at 6 1/2 and seven furlongs, respectively, were called off after high winds toppled a fence separating the chute from the barn area.

The storm scattered additional debris around the facility, delaying the start of the card approximately an hour and 40 minutes until 8:20 p.m. Central.