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Louisiana Legends Night Highlights

'Louisiana Legends Night,' showcasing eight Louisiana-bred stakes events, highlights a revamped stakes calendar for the 2005 Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino Thoroughbred Meeting.

Evangeline Slots: $12M for Horsemen in 2004

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Slot machines at the new Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., pulled in nearly $72 million in gross revenue and generated more than $12 million for purses and breed development in their first year of operation, according to statistics from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Handful of Tracks, Bonus Fuel Purse Increase

Total Thoroughbred purses increased 3.42%--mostly from a limited number of sources--in 2004, while total handle on Thoroughbred races run in the United States declined less than 1%, according to a year-end "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" report released Jan. 12.

Evangeline Downs Hires Jason Boulet as Racing Secretary

Officials at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino announced today Jason Boulet has been hired as racing secretary for the 2005 racing season. Boulet, currently working as a racing official at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, will assume his duties immediately. A Lafayette, La., native, Boulet has held numerous positions on both the backside and the frontside during his 14-year career.

Evangeline Holds Own, Prepares for Big Move

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Evangeline Downs reported a gain in total handle but expected decreases in on-track business given the fact live racing and its slot-machine operation weren't located at the same site during its 2004 meet that ended Sept. 6.

Delta Leads Way in Louisiana Racino Purses

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Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino reigned as Louisiana's top moneymaking racino in the first six months of 2004, according to figures from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Overall, the state's three racinos generated more than $19.8 million for purses in the first six months of this year.

REAP to Provide Assistance to Racing Employees

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Members of the Acadiana racing community, along with Officials at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, have joined forces to ensure that people in need, employed in all sectors of the racing industry, will receive assistance in maintaining a good quality of life.

Louisiana Racinos Produce $40M for Purses So Far

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The slot-machine parlor at the Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino reigns as the most profitable racino in Louisiana, having generated more than $33 million in purse money the past two years, according to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. In all, three racinos have produced more than $40 million for horsemen.

Stakes Purses Increased at Evangeline Downs

When Evangeline Downs opens its season April 1, purses for several stakes races will see noticeable increases, thanks to the positive impact of expanded gaming at the Carencro, La., oval. Most notable is the return to prominence of the Evangeline Mile, which received a $25,0000 increase to make the Aug. 14 race now worth $100,000.

Evangeline Downs Gets Early Christmas Present

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The slot machines parlor at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., opened Dec. 19 even though the facility won't offer live horse racing until 2005. The 2004 meet will be held at the existing Evangeline Downs in Carencro, about 10 miles south of the new site.

Jackpot to Return; Similar Races Suggested for State

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The $1-million Delta Jackpot Dec. 5 at Delta Downs generated so much exposure and money for the racetrack that it will return next year, said general manager Jack Bernsmeier, who would like to see similar big-money races at all Louisiana tracks.

Evangeline Downs' Overall Wagering Stable

Evangeline Downs in Carencro, La., concluded its 2003 meet with a nominal decrease in total wagering and a slight increase in attendance. The recently concluded meet was the last at the track before it has the opportunity to supplement purses with income from slot machine gaming. The new Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino is expected to open in St. Landry Parish in March 2004.

Evangeline Holiday Festival Draws Plenty of Interest

The All American Fourth of July Festival, expanded to three days this year, generated business gains for Evangeline Downs, track officials said. Veterans of the local racing scene claimed the crowd on July 4 was one of the largest in the 38-year history of the Carencro, La., racetrack.

Great State Challenge Could Return ... But Where?

The Great State Challenge will return to the calendar in 2003 if agreements are reached between a host site and horsemen's groups, and if "financial and other adjustments" are made, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Feb. 13 after a board of directors meeting in Florida.

Louisiana Downs, Evangeline Projects Progress

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A development group that wants to purchase Louisiana Downs in Bossier City hopes to close on the deal by July and spend $150 million renovating and expanding the facility. Meanwhile, progress has been reported on plans for the new Evangeline Downs.

Delta Downs Slots Bring In $1.4M for Purses in 16 Days

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Louisiana's first "racino" at Delta Downs generated nearly $8 million in revenue in just 16 days of operation in February, and attracted more than 134,000 patrons, according to state police figures released March 20 at the Louisiana Gaming Control Board meeting.

Crackdown: Rider Gerard Melancon Wins Race Against Addiction

Addiction to crack cocaine can cost you your job, your family, and sometimes your life. Just ask jockey Gerard Melancon, who came close to losing the whole package. Melancon, currently vying for the top spot among riders at Fair Grounds, tumbled as far as a man can fall since his heady days of early stardom nearly 20 years ago.

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