Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino saw gains in total handle, purse distribution, and average field size for its 92-night meet that ended Monday at the Opelousas, La. TrackThe season produced an all-sources handle of $142,571,255, up $45 million from the previous meet. Included were three cards that produced more than $2 million in handle, including an all-time record handle of $2,182,506 wagered during the July 1 "Louisiana Legends" card. The average nightly handle of $1.55 million was more than 32.5% higher than the 2005 season. Daily purse distribution averaged more than $170,000, a new track record that was about $10,000 more than in 2005. A total of 17 stakes worth $1.5 million were contested during the meet, which averaged almost 10 runners per race over 922 races.
"While we are certainly proud of our season and the success we've enjoyed, we have no plans to rest on our laurels," Executive Director of Racing Operations David A. Yount said. Yount said construction of a seven-furlong turf course is set to begin in the near future.Next year's meet is scheduled to begin on April 4, and concluded on Sept. 3