Evangeline Downs Quarter Horse Meet Begins Wednesday, September 28

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September 26th, 2016

The Louisiana Quarter Horse circuit shifts to Evangeline Downs in Opelousas on Wednesday, September 28. The 46-day racing season runs through December 17 with an evening racing schedule of Wednesday -Saturday beginning at 5:35 p.m. (Central).

Evangeline Downs hosts the only seven-figure Quarter Horse race in the state. The $1,000,000 LQHBA Breeders Futurity (RG1) for two-year-old Louisiana-breds will take place on Saturday, November 19, with trials set for Friday, October 28. Last year's champion, Jess A Saint,  a son of Jess Louisiana Blue, sold for $7,200 at the 2015 LQHBA Yearling Sale. He was the tenth-fastest qualifier in trials, but saved his best performance for the final. With rider Raul Ramirez, Jr. aboard, he surged to the wire and collected a check for $445,000 for his overjoyed connections. The previous year's winner, Jls Dashn Zoomn, was purchased for a mere $7,500 at the 2013 LQHBA Yearling Sale. This is one of the latest futurities on the Quarter Horse calendar and always has a tremendous field for the final.

Jess A Saint won the $1 million LQHBA Breeders Futurity last November at Evangeline Downs

In addition to Ramirez, jockeys to watch include David Alvarez, who tied with John Hamilton for top honors last year at Evangeline Downs. Hamilton just clinched the title at Fair Grounds over Labor Day weekend. The very competitive jockey colony will also include Gilbert Ortiz, Alfonso Lujan, Patrick Watson and Damian Martinez.

Trainers to watch include Bobby Touchet, who won the title in 2015; Kenneth Roberts, Sr., the winning conditioner this year at Delta Downs, Michael Taylor, Trey Ellis, Kevin Broussard, Miguel Rodriguez, Lanny Keith and Martin Trejo.

For more information about the upcoming season at Evangeline Downs visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com.