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Apr 9, 2014 11:44 PM by Kristen Holloway

Opening Race Night at Evangeline Downs

Hundreds of people came out for opening night of racing season at Evangeline Downs as the thoroughbred horses were off to the races.

With the races, come the bets. It was a lucky night for Brad Taylor.

"I was pretty pumped about the horse I bet on, it won, it broke good and held on speed the whole time and it ran a good race," said Brad Taylor.

With large crowds brings in an economic boom in St. Landry Parish.

"Everybody wants to come out and see the horses so its great for the community," said Evangeline Downs Director of Marketing. "Whenever racing rolls around we're able to employ an extra 70 plus employees here at the property to support the races and the food and beverages that we need just for the racing season."

A very suspenseful atmosphere, but fans of the sport say they've done their homework and they're excited for the coming races.

"I know some of the trainers and jockeys that have a lot of success over here, so I try to keep up with them a little bit and see how they're doing," said Taylor.

"I get up early and I watch them work and see how they do and I just enjoy it," said Keagan Delahoussaye.



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