OPELOUSAS, La. &ndash; Evangeline Downs will begin its 2010 Quarter Horse season on Tuesday with a nine&#45;race program that gets under way at 12:40 p.m. Central. The 46&#45;day stand runs through Dec. 18 and will operate on a mostly Wednesday&#45;through&#45;Sunday schedule with Tuesdays added the first two and last two weeks of the season. There will be no racing on Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, or Saturday, Dec. 11.Traditionally a night track, Evangeline will conduct racing during daylight hours this fall with the exception of a twilight card on Nov. 13 that begins at 5:40 p.m. local time.&ldquo;It fits well in the simulcasting schedule that&rsquo;s out there,&rdquo; Evangeline racing secretary Coleman Lloyd said of the new post time. &ldquo;Plus we don&rsquo;t have to pay a light bill, which is no small expense over the course of an entire season.&rdquo;Lloyd went on to say that response from horsemen has been positive thus far for the meeting, which will average $80,000 in daily purses, excluding stakes races. &ldquo;We had about 400 more stall applications than we have actual stalls,&rdquo; said Lloyd. &ldquo;Entries the first couple of days have gone well considering that it is a little bit of a culture shock for a lot of horsemen coming from the Fair Grounds meeting.&rdquo;Coleman was referring to the 10&#45;day boutique&#45;like Quarter Horse season that concluded at Fair Grounds Sept. 25. That meeting offered upwards of $200,000 a day in purses.Top outfits who are expected to compete for the Evangeline training title include perennial powerhouse Kenny Roberts Sr., winner of the Fair Grounds training crown; Danny Eldridge, second to Roberts at Fair Grounds; 2008 Evangeline champ Janet Van Bebber, as well as Ray Robbins. Darrel Soileau, who sent out All American Futurity favorite Jls Mr Bigtime last month at Ruidoso Downs, also has a local string.Jockeys Alfonso Lujan and John Hamilton, first and second, respectively, in the final standings at Fair Grounds, are set to renew their rivalry and will be part of a competitive colony.Highlights of the stakes schedule include the $150,000 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Sales Futurity on Oct. 23; the $200,000 LQHBA Breeders Futurity Dec. 4, a restricted Grade 1; and the Evangeline Downs Futurity on closing day.