A new track for a new season

Evangeline Downs kicks off the racing season with a new look

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 1:45pm

For the first time in 2009, it's time to pony-up at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas. This year when you head out to the track, you'll get a chance to see big time horse racing on a brand new state-of-the-art turf track.

The new seven furlong course has been named "David A. Yount Turf" after the Downs' former executive director that passed away last year after a year long battle with cancer.

The track is 80 feet wide with Bermuda grass and senors in the railings to help aid in scoring. The first race on the new track will be Wednesday, April 8th at 6:20 p.m.

That race kicks off what officials hope will be a new chapter in Evangeline Downs racing. The turf track has been in the plans for a few years but because of hurricanes in recent summers, hoofs never saw the course. 89 nights of racing kicks off on Wednesday and officials hope that this new track will have them galloping towards success.

To hear from Evangeline Downs representative Steve Darbonne and Louisiana Thoroughbreds Breeders Association CEO, Tom Early, click above.