LQHBA Futurity Heads EVD Stakes Schedule

Evangeline Downs opens its meet October 1.

Press Release

Evangeline Downs will host the $1 million-est. LQHBA Futurity.

The $1 million-est. LQHBA Futurity (RG1) highlights an expanded and bulked up stakes schedule for the upcoming 46-night 2014 fall Quarter Horse racing season at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel, which is set to begin on Wednesday, October 1.

The LQHBA Futurity, worth $1 million dollars the last two years, is the richest race held annually at Evangeline Downs and just one of three seven-figure races held in the state of Louisiana and the only one open to Quarter Horses. The LQHBA Futurity is restricted to Louisiana bred two-year-olds and will be run at the distance of 400 yards on Saturday, November 29. Trials will be held on Friday, November 7, with the ten fastest qualifying times earning a berth in the rich final, and the second ten fastest qualifying times returning for the LQHBA Invitational, also conducted on Saturday, November 29.  

The total purses for the 2014 stakes schedule is approximately $1.5 million, an increase of more than 7 percent from last year’s total and also features a total of thirteen black type events, up from last year’s total of seven.

“We are excited about the upcoming meet and hope our bulked up stakes program is received by the horsemen," said Chris Warren, the director of racing operations at Evangeline Downs. "We have strengthened both our Louisiana-bred program, along with offering more opportunities for open bred horses this year. Our closing night, December 20th should be a tremendous evening of racing with a total of five stake races including the EVD Futurity & Derby.

"These two very popular events provide horsemen a chance to showcase their late-developing 2-year-olds as well as offering their 3-year-olds one final shot at a big payday.”

Warren added, “Nominations for both the EVD Futurity and the EVD Derby close on September, 26th and each event will feature trials that will be held in late November.”

EVANGELINE DOWNS’ 2014 Fall Quarter Horse Stakes schedule.
            Oct.     4          Billy Montgomery Stakes (La)         F/M 3yo&up  350 yds.          $30,000
            Oct.     25        Amelia Belle Stakes (La)                   3yo&up          350 yds.          $35.000
            Nov.    8          EVD Dash                                          3yo&up          220 yds.          $20,000
            Nov.    15        Opelousas Stakes                               3yo&up          400 yds.          $50,000           
            Nov.    22        Races and Aces Stakes (La)             3yo&up          870 yds.          $35,000
            Nov.    29        Mojo’s Stakes (La)                            3yo&up          300 yds.          $25,000
            Nov.    29        LQHBA FUTURITY (La)               2yo                  400 yds.          $1,000,000
            Nov.    29        LQHBA INVITATIONAL (La)      2yo                  400 yds.          $40,000
            Dec.     20        Blue Chip Starter Stakes (La)          3yo&up          330 yds.          $20,000
            Dec.     20        Sam’s Town Stakes                           3yo&up          350 yds.          $25,000
            Dec.     20        IP 870 Stakes                                     3yo&up          870 yds.          $25,000
            Dec.     20        EVD DERBY                                    3yo                  400 yds.          $75,000
            Dec.     20        EVD FUTURITY                             2yo                  400 yds.          $100,000

Note: Purse for the LQHBA Futurity is estimated. Purses for both the EVD Derby & EVD Futurity are added, all others are guaranteed.

Note: Races with (La) are restricted to horses bred in Louisiana.

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