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Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino is a Racino (horse-racing track and Casino) in Opelousas, Louisiana, United States. It opened in 1966, at Carencro, Louisiana.

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.

History

The history of the Evangeline Downs all began on April 28, 1966, when it was opened for business in its original location along U.S. Highway 167 (also known as the Evangeline Thruway, and today as Interstate Highway 49) at Carencro, Louisiana, just north of the city limits of Lafayette, Louisiana. It is also the first pari-mutuel racetrack in Louisiana not located around New Orleans

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino was the first “racino” built in America. In 1982, it was purchased for $12.4 million by Rodney Verret, Ted Haik, Sam Rankin, and Joe Jones. In 1985, they sold it to Norman Denny and Larry Willis for $16.5 million.

However, Denny and Willis soon had financial problems. The Louisiana Racing Commission threatened to shut down the track when they just missed a payment of purse money. They were forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and in October 1986 was closed. Since they could not negotiate a reorganization, Denny and Willis shifted to Chapter 7 liquidation, requesting the court to sell the track. The Louisiana Savings Association purchased it at auction for the minimum bid of $333,335, and the races were resumed in April 1987.

In 1992, the track added video poker machines, but in a 1996 election, Lafayette Parish voters enacted a parish-wide ban on video poker. Hence, the track plans to shift to St. Landry Parish, whose voters had rejected a similar ban.

It is located on St. Landry’s Parish, a few miles up the road where voters had approved casino gaming and opened for racing in April 2005, owned by Boyd Gaming. If you drive north on I-49 from Lafayette to Opelousas, you will see the original Evangeline Downs in the town of Carencro, where it still exists as a training facility.

Track Details

The racing types are the thoroughbred and quarter horse. Its main track is a one-mile oval with a length of stretch of 1,035 ft. The turf course is a seven-furlong oval, while the chute is seven furlongs and 1 and ¼ miles. It also has free Parking Lot/Valet Parking, restaurant features with take-outs.

History

The history of the Evangeline Downs all began on April 28, 1966, when it was opened for business in its original location along U.S. Highway 167 (also known as the Evangeline Thruway, and today as Interstate Highway 49) at Carencro, Louisiana, just north of the city limits of Lafayette, Louisiana. It is also the first pari-mutuel racetrack in Louisiana not located around New Orleans

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino was the first “racino” built in America. In 1982, it was purchased for $12.4 million by Rodney Verret, Ted Haik, Sam Rankin, and Joe Jones. In 1985, they sold it to Norman Denny and Larry Willis for $16.5 million.

However, Denny and Willis soon had financial problems. The Louisiana Racing Commission threatened to shut down the track when they just missed a payment of purse money. They were forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and in October 1986 was closed. Since they could not negotiate a reorganization, Denny and Willis shifted to Chapter 7 liquidation, requesting the court to sell the track. The Louisiana Savings Association purchased it at auction for the minimum bid of $333,335, and the races were resumed in April 1987.

In 1992, the track added video poker machines, but in a 1996 election, Lafayette Parish voters enacted a parish-wide ban on video poker. Hence, the track plans to shift to St. Landry Parish, whose voters had rejected a similar ban.

It is located on St. Landry’s Parish, a few miles up the road where voters had approved casino gaming and opened for racing in April 2005, owned by Boyd Gaming. If you drive north on I-49 from Lafayette to Opelousas, you will see the original Evangeline Downs in the town of Carencro, where it still exists as a training facility.

Track Details

The racing types are the thoroughbred and quarter horse. Its main track is a one-mile oval with a length of stretch of 1,035 ft. The turf course is a seven-furlong oval, while the chute is seven furlongs and 1 and ¼ miles. It also has free Parking Lot/Valet Parking, restaurant features with take-outs.

History

John Hunter, who became the first chairman of The Jockey Club, and William R. Travers built Saratoga Race Course. The original track was built across Union Avenue from the present Saratoga Race Course at the current location of the Oklahoma Track (training track), which opened the following year. Since 1864 the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States, which is the main draw of the annual summer race meeting. The Saratoga meet originally consisted of only four days, but over time was lengthened, and for many years, the meet lasted for four weeks. In the 1990’s it was lengthened to five weeks. Today it is a six-week meeting ending on Labor Day. In 2009, NYRA extended the 2010 racing meet by 4 days. From 1943 to 1945, racing was not held at Saratoga Race Course due to travel restrictions during the war. During those years, the stakes races that would have been run at Saratoga Race Course were contested at Belmont Park instead.

Saratoga Race Course has two well-known nicknames — The Spa (for the nearby mineral springs), and the “Graveyard of Champions” (for the upsets that have occurred there). Man o’ War suffered his only defeat in 21 starts while racing at Saratoga Race Course; Secretariat was defeated at Saratoga Race Course by Onion after winning the Triple Crown; and Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 long shot Jim Dandy in the 1930 Travers Stakes. In 1999, Saratoga Race Course was rated as Sports Illustrated’s #10 sports venue of the 20th Century.

As is the case with the other two tracks operated by the New York Racing Association – Aqueduct and Belmont Park – there are three separate tracks in the main course at Saratoga Race Course.

Contact

  • 2235 Creswell Ln, Opelousas, LA 70570, United States

  • Phone: +1 866-472-2466

  • https://www.evangelinedowns.com/

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Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

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