02/12/2015 5:11PM

Turf Sprint highlights Evangeline Downs stakes schedule

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Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., has announced a 21-race, $1.9 million stakes schedule for its Thoroughbred meet that opens on April 8. The highlight is the $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint on May 30. The 84-date meet will run through Aug. 29.

The Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint, a five-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up, will be showcased on a special afternoon card of five stakes worth $640,000. The program’s date has been positioned about three weeks earlier than last season, when the inaugural Turf Sprint won by Heitai was held in the latter part of June.

The other stakes on the program will again be the $100,000 Evangeline Mile for 3-year-olds and up; the $100,000 Opelousas, a 1 1/16- mile turf race for fillies and mares; and a pair of $70,000 stakes at seven furlongs, both restricted to 3-year-olds bred in Louisiana.

Also as part of the card, Evangeline plans to feature a pick four with a minimum guaranteed pool of $100,000.

Evangeline’s other major stakes program during the season will be the Louisiana Legends card of seven divisional stakes for Louisiana-breds on July 4. The races are worth a cumulative $725,000.

Stall applications for the meet are due on Feb. 20.

Fri., April 24 Matron F-M, 3YO & UP 1 mile (T) 60,000
Sat., April 25 John Henry 3YO & Up 1 1/16 miles (T) 60,000
Fri., May 1 Tellike F-M, 3YO & UP 5 furlongs (T) 60,000
Sat., May 2 Need For Speed 3YO & Up 5 furlongs (T) 60,000
Sat., May 30 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint 3YO & Up 5 furlongs (T) 300,000
Sat., May 30 Evangeline Mile 3YO & Up 1 mile 100,000
Sat., May 30 Opelousas F-M, 3YO & Up 1 1/16 miles (T) 100,000
Sat., May 30 Lafayette 3YO* 7 furlongs 70,000
Sat., May 30 Acadiana 3YO* F 7 furlongs 70,000
Sat., July 4 Louisiana Legends Classic 3YO & Up* 1 1/16 miles 125,000
Sat., July 4 Louisiana Legends Distaff F-M, 3YO & Up* 1 1/16 miles 100,000
Sat., July 4 Louisiana Legends Sprint 3YO & Up* 5.5 furlongs 100,000
Sat., July 4 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle F-M, 3YO & Up* 5.5 furlongs 100,000
Sat., July 4 Louisiana Legends Turf 3YO & Up* 1 1/16 miles (T) 100,000
Sat., July 4 Louisiana Legends Cheval 3YO* 1 mile (T) 100,000
Sat., July 4 Louisiana Legends Soiree 3YO* F 1 mile (T) 100,000
Sat., July 11 D.S. “Shine” Young 2YO* F 5.5 furlongs 100,000
Sat., July 11 D.S. “Shine” Young 2YO* C&G 5.5 furlongs 100,000
Sat., Aug. 29 Evangeline Downs Star 2YO** 6 furlongs 75,000
Sat., Aug. 29 Evangeline Downs Starlet 2YO** F 6 furlongs 75,000