For the first time in its 39-year history, Evangeline Downs will conduct a 2-year-olds in-training sale on March 16. As an incentive to breeders and owners, the $75,000 (estimated purse) Evangeline Down's Sales Stakes has been added to the racing calendar on Aug. 2. All 2-year-olds participating in the sale will be eligible to run in the race.
"It's a great way to kickoff to our upcoming 2003 meet," said David Yount, Evangeline Downs' general manager. "We wanted to make a commitment to the owners and breeders in this area, and those who have supported us over the years, that we believe racing and breeding in Louisiana is an investment worth making. Our expectations are that this will become an important event on the sales calendar."
Evangeline Downs has partnered with Don Stemmans to handle the sales portion of the event. Stemmans has been in the sales business since 1967 and started his own sales company nearly 15 years ago. Additionally, the Carencro, La. native and owner of Traders' Rest Farm and holds an annual sale, in January, and currently has 135 stalls at his facility. The farm bred 225 mares last year alone and is home to 13 stallions.
Stemmans said he hoped to have 35-40 2-year-olds go through the sale with an additional 20 horses of racing age.
Workouts will be held on March 15 beginning at noon. That evening a gala will be held in the newly renovated Evangeline Downs clubhouse beginning at 7:30 p.m. The sale itself will be conducted the following day beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Those wishing to consign a horse may do so by contacting Don Stemmans at (337) 232-0631. For more information contact Sean D. Beirne at (337) 896-7223.