Evangeline Downs Horse Racing Track in Louisiana
Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana, is well-known as the first "Racino" built from scratch. Created by Peninsula Gaming, LLC, Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino offers exciting horse racing as well as 80,000 square feet of casino entertainment. Open 24 hours a day, Evangeline Casino is a popular venue with both locals and travelers.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack hosts two racing seasons a year. The thoroughbred season runs from March through to September and the quarter horse events are held from September to October. Races are typically held on Mondays and Thursdays to Saturdays. Evangeline Downs’ main dirt track is 7 furlongs and oval shaped. The final stretch is 400 yards. A turf course is planned for the future. Post times are around 6:45pm. On the 750 acre property of Evangeline Downs in Opelousas are 1,000 stables for race horses. A pond in the infield adds to the beauty of the environment. Evangeline Downs horse racing facilities provide more than enough space for patrons with 1,450 seats at the grandstand and clubhouse as well as 3,000 seats at the patio and apron.
Evangeline Downs race track has been called the “Birthplace of Legends” by many. This is a well-earned name as many of Louisiana’s top jockeys began their careers at this fantastic establishment. Among these remarkable jockeys are names such as Kent Desormeaux, Randy Romero, Ronald Ardoin, Ray Sibille, Mark Guidry, Robbie Albarado, Shane Sellers and others.
Also on Evangeline Downs impressive property is a world-class casino. Evangeline Casino boasts some 1,627 slots. A great selection of dining venues is available for hungry patrons, these include Evangeline’s, The Cajun Buffet, Zydeco’s, Mojo’s Sports Bar and Lagniappe Food Court. Off-Track betting is available throughout the year. OTB venues for simulcasting owned by Evangeline Downs are located in Port Allen, New Iberia, Henderson and Eunice. For the ultimate horse racing experience and endless good times, head to Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino.