Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Final Days of the 2012 Quarter Horse Racing Season at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

The races at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino start at 5:40pm on Wednesday & Thursday.

Come out and enjoy the food and drink specials, betting, and excitement at the Racetrack!

 Closing Night Thursday, December 20.

The Fastest Race on Turf, the Au Revoir Stakes.
$35,000 Estimated for 3 year olds and up, going 870 yards.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Four $1,000 College Scholarships to be Awarded at Starlight Racing/ College Night in New Orleans

 For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235- 2924 ext. 18
jcalzone@calzone.com


LTBA Contact:
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 947-4676
roger@louisianabred.com


Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and The New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course Will Award Four Scholarships at Starlight Racing/College Night

(New Orleans, La.) – Starlight Racing/College Night will take place on December 28 at New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event. The Fair Grounds will also donate two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has evolved from a small group of horsemen who united in 1963 to the top thoroughbred breeding program in the United States. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships each valued at $1,000 and The Fair Grounds Race Course also donate two (2) scholarships each valued at $1,000 at the upcoming Starlight Racing/College Night on December 28, 2012. The winners will be announced after the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth races race and photographs will be taken with the winners. The races begin at 5 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 4 p.m. and the last drawing.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
  • Must be a college student that will be enrolled full time for Spring 2013.
  • Must be in good standing with the college.
  • Must be present to win.
The scholarship will be deposited directly to the student's account at the college. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

"The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process," said Roger Heitzmann, Secretary/Treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Registration time: 4 p.m. – last drawing

Drawing time: Beginning approximately 7 p.m.

For more information please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit www.louisianabred.com.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Louisiana Champions Day Salutes the Military

For Immediate Release

LTBA contact:
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 947-4676

Louisiana Champions Day Salutes the Military

(New Orleans, La.) – The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) and The Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots are saluting all branches of the military on Louisiana Champions Day, December 8, 2012.

Representatives from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy will be honored at the Gala on December 7 as well as on Champions Day. They will be presenting all trophies and awards to the winning breeders for each of the Louisiana Champions Day races.

The Louisiana Champions Day Gala celebrates the breeders, owners and people who serve the Louisiana horse industry. It is held the evening before the Louisiana Champions Day racing program. Silent and live auction proceeds benefit Louisiana Horse Rescue.

Louisiana Champions Day features $1.1 million in stakes races for Louisiana bred racehorses. It is one of the richest days in horse racing in Louisiana that rewards the breeders and owners of Louisiana breds.

“A Marine detail will present the colors and Chris Gray will sing the National Anthem,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for LTBA. “We are privileged to honor the men and women who serve our country and secure our freedom. We encourage fans to thank these brave men and women every day.”

LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY December 8, 2012

  • $100,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day QH Juvenile Stakes 22nd 2YO La. bred QH 350 yards
  • $100,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day QH Derby 22nd 3YO La. bred QH 400 yards
  • $100,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day QH Classic Stakes 22nd 4YO/up La. bred QH 440 yards
  • $50,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day Starter Handicap Stakes 22nd 3YO/up La. bred 1 mile 70 yards
  • $100,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day Juvenile Stakes 22nd 2YO La. bred C&G 6 furlongs
  • $100,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day Lassie Stakes 22nd 2YO La. bred fillies 6 furlongs
  • $100,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day Sprint Stakes 22nd 3YO/up La. bred 6 furlongs
  • $100,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day Ladies Sprint Stakes 7th 3YO/up La. bred F&M 6 furlongs
  • $100,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day Turf Stakes 22nd 3YO/up La. bred 1 1/16 miles* (T)
  • $100,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day Ladies Stakes 22nd 3YO/up La. bred F&M 1 1/16 miles
  • $150,000 guaranteed LA Champions Day Classic Stakes 22nd 3YO/up La. bred 1 1/8 miles

For more information go to louisianabred.com or call LTBA at (504) 947-4676.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Will Award Two Scholarships at Louisiana Champions Day at New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 ext. 18
jcalzone@calzone.com

LTBA Contact:
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 847-4676
roger@louisianabred.com

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Will Award Two Scholarships at Louisiana Champions Day at New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course

(New Orleans, La.) - Louisiana Champions Day will take place on December 8 at New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has evolved from a small group of horsemen who united in 1963 to the top thoroughbred breeding program in the United States. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, at the upcoming Louisiana Champions Day on December 8, 2012. The winners will be announced after the fifth race and photographs will be taken with the winners. The races begin at 12:10 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. at the designated booth.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
  • Must be a college student that will be enrolled full-time for Spring 2013.
  • Must be in good standing with the college.
  • Must be present to win.
The scholarship will be deposited directly to the student's account at the college. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

"The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process," said Roger Heitzmann, Secretary/Treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Registration time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. CST

Drawing time: Approximately 2:10 p.m.

For more information, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit www.louisianabred.com.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Free Fun for the Whole Family at the Racetrack!

Exciting, fast-paced quarter horse racing continues this week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 5:40pm each night.

It's free to park, free to get in, and tons of fun for everyone who attends and taking advantage of our food and drink specials won't break the bank, either!


Mark your calendars for the EVD Futurity on Saturday, December 15.

The race is for 2-year-olds going 400 yards and the purse is $100,000 added, approximately $180,000-$190,000! The buffet will be open in the Clubhouse; don't miss this exciting night! More details coming soon.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Adjusted Thanksgiving Racing Schedule and $1 Million Futurity Results from Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

Racing continues Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. (No live racing on Thanksgiving Day.) First post time of 5:40 p.m. Central Time each evening.

Join us for food and drink specials.
Free admission, free parking, and tons of fun!

$1,000,000 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Futurity Recap:


(Opelousas, La.)– Open Me a Corona ($8.00) broke on top and never looked back en route to a clear-cut victory in the $1,000,000 LQHBA Breeders Futurity, a Restricted Grade I event for Louisiana Bred two-year-olds and the first ever million-dollar race for Quarter Horses in the state of Louisiana at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino on Saturday evening. Breaking from post position five in the nine-horse field, the son of Coronas Leaving You was the quickest away from the starting gate and was able to establish a clear lead in the first 150 yards which he never relinquished. The winning margin was ¾’s of a length and the running time for the 400 yards on a track labeled fast was 19.660 and the speed index figure was 102.
Winning jockey David Alvarez stated “He warmed up perfectly and never turned a hair despite the delayed start, he stayed focused and when the bell rang he blasted out, I hit him a few times left-handed in mid-stretch and he pulled clear and then I just hand-rode him to the wire.” For Alvarez, a 35-year-old native of Austin, TX this was far and away the biggest win of his ten-year riding career. A former leading rider in Texas at Sam Houston Race Track and the now shuttered Manor Downs, Alvarez is currently second in the rider standings behind five-time defending champion Alfonso Lujan at the fall meet.  
Logans Mountain chased the winner the entire way and was able to nab the runner-up spot finishing just in front of Perrys Runaway. T Boy C, the fastest qualifier for this event and the betting choice of the public at odds of 2.50 to 1, was next across the finish line in 4th, followed by Heza Lucky Crown and Dashin Gage. Heza Fast Snow was 7th, with Cougar Hill and Special Fine Corona rounding out the complete order of finish. Bigtime Beau injured himself in the starting gate and was scratched by the Board of Stewards.
Owned by Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays, Open Me a Corona earned $445,000 from the record purse and is now a perfect three-for-three in his career. Trained by Bobby Martinez, he was bred in Louisiana by Natalie Montgomery DVM.
In the $40,000 Invitational Breeders Stake, the consolation for the LQHBA Breeders Futurity, Beer and Peanuts accelerated past Coltins Fast Dash and Lets Play Yacht Sea to post the victory under jockey G. R. Carter Jr. The Heath Taylor charge covered the 400 yards in 19.880 and earned $24,000 for the win, his second in five career starts for owner Lionel Zapata. As the third choice in the betting, he returned $9.60 to his backers. Jethro Almitey and Jcs Who checked in 4th and 5th respectively after
Also on the 10-race program Saturday evening was the Evd Derby for three-year-olds at the distance of 400 yards. As in past years the entry box was oversubscribed, necessitating the race being split into two divisions each worth $50,000 guaranteed with $30,000 to the winner. The first division went to Fast Prize Mike under jockey Jarrod Deschamp. Sent off the 2.60 to 1 favorite off a runner-up effort in the Dash for Cash Derby at Lone Star Park, Fast Prize Mike was an easy winner over Jumpn Beau Chick, Lil Jess Oak, Jessalittlecourage, and Disonecandash despite bearing out badly thru the final 200 yards. The Oklahoma bred covered the distance in 19.713 and earned a speed index figure of 101. In the second division, 11.50 to 1 outsider The Lizzard King was able to grab the early lead and pull off the upset under jockey John Hamilton. The Heath Taylor charge bested runner-up Coors Select by a neck in a time of 19.68. Painted Desires was next across the finish line in 3rd, followed by Sure Shot B and Tee Cos. The win was the fourth from seven starts this year for the Texas bred son of Valiant Hero. The gelding also earned a speed index figure of 101 and is owned by his breeder Brett Nennen.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Q-Racing Aces Will Be At Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino for the LQHBA $1 Million Breeders' Futurity


MARTHA CLAUSSEN OF THE Q-RACING ACES TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE AT EVANGELINE DOWNS RACETRACK AND CASINO ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino will host a big night of racing on Saturday, November 17. Q-Racing Ace, Martha Claussen will be onsite to offer fan education for the evening card, which gets underway at 5:40 p.m. (CT).

The Q-Racing Aces is a program initiated by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Since 2010, the Q-Racing Aces have traveled to racetracks across the country to promote the sport, provide fan education services and create excitement for "America's Fastest Athletes".

Claussen will join track announcer John McGary for his nightly racing preview show. They will offer their analysis of the ten-race card including the $1 million LQHBA Breeders Futurity (RG1) and the $50,000 EVD Derby, which has been split into two divisions. She will greet fans throughout the evening with free wagering information and will offer complimentary $2.00 betting vouchers, courtesy of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association.

"I am looking forward to returning to Evangeline Downs," said Claussen, who serves as coordinator for the Q-Racing Aces. "Both the LQHBA and Evangeline have been working diligently to promote their million dollar Futurity with an exceptional group of finalists. The fans are in for a treat!"

For more information on the Q-Racing Aces, visit the American Quarter Horse Association website at aqharacing.com or like them on Facebook.


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Q-Racing Aces Will Be At Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino for the LQHBA $1 Million Breeders' Futurity

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Historic Night of Racing on November 17 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino will host a historic night of racing on Saturday, November 17, 2012. The $1 Million Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Futurity, the Invitational Breeders' Stake, and the Evangeline Downs Derby will take place during the evening, with the first post time being at 5:40pm.

Admission and parking is free for all who attend. 

The jockeys will toss T-shirts as well as signed goggles into the crowd near the track, which can be very fun for fans of all ages.

The Clubhouse will be open with a buffet that will be available for $29.94 (includes tax and 15% gratuity) and for kids 12 and under for $16.94. The buffet will include Caesar Salad, Snow Crab, Prime Rib, Fried Chicken, Potatoes Au Gratin, Rice Dressing, Sweet Corn, Green Beans, Rolls, and Bread Pudding. Cocktails will also be served in the Clubhouse.

The Q-Racing Aces will also be in attendance. The Q-Racing Aces is an American Quarter Horse Association program that assists racetracks with fan education for quarter horse racing. The “Aces” consist of quarter horse industry experts who travel to different facilities to promote quarter horse racing.

If you can't make it to Evangeline Downs for live racing, join us at BetLouisiana.com.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Field is set for the $1,000,000 LQHBA Breeders Futurity at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino

 Opelousas, Louisiana –A deep and talented field of ten is ready to square off in the $1,000,000 Grade I (Res) LQHBA Breeders Futurity, the first ever seven-figure race for Quarter Horses in the state of Louisiana at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Saturday, November 17.

The LQHBA Breeders Futurity, for two-year-olds bred in Louisiana, will be run at the distance of 400 yards and features a field of ten juveniles who earned their way into this rich event by recording the ten fastest running times during the 11 trials contested on Friday, October 26. Traditionally the richest race offered annually at Evangeline Downs, the LQHBA Breeders Futurity has offered a purse of more than $500,000 for the past half-dozen years but with the backing of the LQHBA the purse has been increased to this historic level for the 2012 running of the Restricted Grade I event. In addition to the LQHBA Breeders Futurity, there are three other stakes races on the rich ten-race program (the stakes races will be run as the 6th,  7th, 8th, & 9th races) each to be run at the same distance of 400 yards. They are the $40,000 Invitational Breeders Stake (the consolation for the LQHBA Futurity featuring the second ten fastest qualifiers) and the EVD Derby for three-year-olds going the distance of 400 yards which after being oversubscribed has been split into two divisions each featuring a purse of $50,000.

T Boy C, who recorded the fastest qualifying time of 19.639 of the more than 100 youngsters who participated in the trials has been tabbed as the 4/1 lukewarm favorite in the morning-line. Conditioned by Miguel Rodriguez, who won this event last year with Rapid Transit, T Boy C’s speed index figure of 95 in his trial is the highest recorded by any runner in the field. Raul Ramirez Jr., who has ridden the gelded son of Sir Runaway Dash in all five of his career starts, will ride. Owned by Jose Guzman, T Boy C has drawn post position #3 in the ten-horse field.
Open Me a Corona & Cougar Hill, who finished noses apart in their trial, recorded the second and third fastest qualifying times of 19.667 & 19.674 and are listed at odds of 9/2 & 5/1 in the morning-line odds and will leave the starting gate side-by-side with regular riders David Alvarez & Jerry Lee Yoakum as they have drawn post positions #6 & #5 respectively. Others who are expected to have a say in the outcome include trial winners Heza Fast Snow, Perrys Runaway, and Dashin Gage, who are all listed at odds of 6/1 in the opening odds.

Carded as the 9th race on Saturday’s ten-race program, the approximate post time for the LQHBA Breeders Futurity is 9:00 pm. The Invitational Breeders Stake is the 8th race on the card and is set to run at 8:35 pm. The two divisions of the EVD Derby are carded as the 6th and 7th races on the program and are set to run at 7:45 pm and 8:10 pm, respectively. All post times are Central.

Here is the field in program order with odds for the $1,000,000 LQHBA Futurity to be run at Evangeline Downs on Saturday, November 19, 2011
  1.       Perrys Runaway                   Donald Watson                       6/1
  2.       Bigtime Beau                         G R Carter Jr.                         8/1
  3.       T Boy C                                  Raul Ramirez Jr.                     4/1
  4.       Heza Lucky Charm              Alfonso Lujan                       20/1
  5.       Cougar Hill                            Jerry Lee Yoakum                  5/1
  6.       Open Me a Corona               David Alvarez                          9/2
  7.       Logans Mountain                 John Hamilton                      10/1
  8.       Dashin Gage                          Stevie Gillum                           6/1
  9.       Heza Fast Snow                     Danny Lavergne                     6/1
10.       Special Fine Corona              Floriberto Maldonado          20/1

For more information contact Evangeline Downs at 337-594-3000.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Evangeline Downs is the place
For the final Futurity chase.
With a million dollar purse
You surely to curse
If you miss the action of this race.

Post position draw tomorrow for the LQHBA Breeders' $1 million Futurity set for November 17.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Free Parking and Free Admission at the Races Every Night!

Come out and enjoy FREE parking, FREE admission and TONS of fun for the whole family at the Quarter Horse races at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino. Lots of "quarters" food and beverage specials on our patio and in our concession stands. Racing continues every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning at 5:40 p.m. through December 20.

We're also getting ready for the $1 Million Quarter Breeders Futurity on Saturday, November 17. We're drawing for post positions this Saturday. Ten horses have qualified. Which post position do you think the winner will be in for the big race?


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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Media Advisory: Luncheon and Media Event on November 10 for $1 Million Breeders' Futurity

Media Advisory
 Evangeline Downs Contact:
Steve Darbonne
(337) 594-3000
Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 ext. 18
 Post Position Draw Luncheon and Media Event on November 10 for $1 Million Breeders' Futurity at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino


(Opelousas, La.) - Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino will host a luncheon and media event to draw for post positions for the $1 Million Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Futurity. The only Restricted Grade I $1,000,000 race will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

Connections of the qualifiers for the Futurity Finals will be present along with members of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, the Louisiana Quarter Horse Association, racing staff from Evangeline Downs and local dignitaries and representatives.
The quarter horse industry is booming in Louisiana with some economic indicators showing an 83% increase post slots at the racetrack.

WHAT:
Post Position Draw Luncheon and Media Event for the $1 Million Breeders' Futurity, Invitational Breeders Stake and Evangeline Downs Derby
WHEN:
Saturday, November 10, 11:30am - 1pm
WHERE:
Silks Dining Room 3rd floor Clubhouse
Evangeline Down's Racetrack & Casino
2235 Creswell Lane Extension
Opelousas, LA 70570
RSVP:
Madison Barras: madison@calzone.com or call (337) 235-2924 ext. 12.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

$1 million post position draw on Saturday.

This gate will fill up. Which horse will win the $1 million race at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Quarter Specials at the Quarter Horse Races!

Join us this weekend at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino for great specials, food and fun!






The highlight of the meet is the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association $1 million Breeders' Futurity on Saturday, November 17.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Monroe native's "Outdoor Shopper" program goes nationwide on the Pursuit Channel

This article was written by Greg Hilburn of thenewsstar.com.

Monroe native Speed Bancroft Jr. knew there had to be a way to combine his love for the outdoors with business, and as he began researching Bancroft learned it’s a $120 billion retail industry.

Bancroft wanted to connect directly with those consumers, so he founded “The Outdoor Shopper”, which he describes “as QVC for the outdoors industry."

After four years of laying the foundation, Bancroft launched his home shopping concept on Cox Sports Television , a sports broadcasting network with about 2.4 million viewers in the South.

“We went small to test the waters,” said Bancroft, 31, who graduated from St. Frederick High School and attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe before moving to Baton Rouge. “We wanted to get the model right.”

But this fall, “The Outdoor Shopper” went nationwide on the Pursuit Channel, which is available on Direct TV and Dish Network, reaching 38 million customers on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 11 p.m.

“It’s been a dream for more than four years, and to see it materialize is extremely exciting,” Bancroft said. “It’s a good business to be in, and we’re the first entry into the market.”

“The Outdoor Shopper” features products used in fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, cooking and anything else related to the outdoors.

The products are all demonstrated during “The Outdoor Shopper” shows.

Once “The Outdoor Shopper” gains traction, Bancroft said he plans to return to Ouachita Parish to grow the company.

“I grew up in Monroe and all of my friends are there,” he said. “We intend to eventually move back and establish the headquarters there.”

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Meet Us at the Racetrack!

Quarter horse racing continues at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning at 5:40 p.m. through December 20.

Here are the nightly promotions you can look forward to in the concession areas of the Grandstand:


The highlight of the meet is the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association $1 million Breeders' Futurity on Saturday, November 17.
If you can't make it to Evangeline Downs for live racing, join us at BetLouisiana.com.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

And They're Off! Quarter Horse Races and Promotions Running at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

Quarter horse racing continues every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning at 5:40 p.m. through December 20.

Here are the nightly promotions you can look forward to in the concession areas of the Grandstand:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Nights:
Three Quarters (75¢) Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser and Bud Light Ponies &
Six Quarters ($1.50) for a Hot Dog
Saturday Nights:
Three Quarters (75¢) Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser and Bud Light Ponies &
Sixteen Quarters ($4.00) for EITHER:
Soft Drink
Two (2) Hot Dogs
Chips
OR
Soft Drink
Hamburger
Chips

The highlight of the meet is the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association $1 million Breeders' Futurity on Saturday, November 17.
If you can't make it to Evangeline Downs for live racing, join us at BetLouisiana.com.
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

K.I.S.S.

Most of us know what K.I.S.S. means: Keep It Simple, Stupid.
That's something that we tell ourselves every day here at Calzone. We may do complicated code or multi-faceted campaigns, but our main goal is to keep everything simple. We don't want our clients or their audiences to get frustrated or confused. 
It's really not that hard to get people excited about a message. You just have to know what it is, who you're talking to, and how to KEEP IT SIMPLE. 

K.I.S.S. also means something else at the Calzone office: Keep It Super Silly.
Okay, I just made that up. We do like to laugh here, though. This video had us pressing replay over and over again. A couple of us cry-laughed. It's called "Work Hard, Nap Hard." We completely agree.
Hope you enjoy it!


Monday, September 24, 2012

The Tereson Way is a good way to go.

http://teresonsway.blogspot.com/ Never Giving UP Today an article came out in The Idependent about my appearance on Shark Tank, tomorrow the local news KATC is interviewing me for their segment "What's Right in Acadiana" and I expect there will be many more like these to come after the actual air date passes. But I was wondering what do I want my message to be when doing these interviews? What do I want to leave people with after watching a news story? I have been in business for almost 13 years, and the honest truth is that it has never been easy! I think that holds true for many people that bring new ideas to market - especially on a next to nothing budget. My story is interesting of a mom who thought of something different and made it a successful product, but it is a similar story that we all hear very often - the "Mother of Invention" right? What I want to leave people with after either hearing my story or reading an article is the perseverance that it has taken to get to this point because that is part of the story that is often left out. The dedication and courage that it takes to stay in business when you would rather throw in the towel. And the motivation and the drive that it takes to jump over just about every hurdle put in your way and keep on going. That is what I have done despite one thing after another being thrown in my direction. I did not go looking for Shark Tank, Shark Tank found me and I am so glad they did. Had I given up long ago after the first hiccup in my business, this opportunity would have never presented itself. Key lesson - NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS - BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THEY MAY LEAD TO!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Success! Evangeline Down Handle Increases For 2012 Thoroughbred Season

(Opelousas, La.)–Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino recently concluded spring/summer thoroughbred horse racing season and recorded solid numbers including increases in average nightly handle, average nightly on-track handle, and total on-track handle for the 84-night season. The season, which ended on Saturday, September 8, posted a nightly average handle of $1.389 million, an increase of 4.3% from 2011’s average of $1.331 million. Nightly average on-track handle rose sharply, up 9% to $62,751 from last year’s $57,551. Total on-track handle was $5,208,405, up from $5,064,557, despite a total of five less racing nights compared to 2011. Total handle for the season was $115,291,118, compared to last year’s $117,202,645. Evangeline Downs, known as the “Home of the Biggest Fields” continued to live up to that moniker as average field size was once again one of the highest in the nation. A total of 8,145 horses started during the 877 races, an average of 9.29 per race. Steve Darbonne, director of racing operations at Evangeline Downs stated, “We set the bar high here at Evangeline Downs, and I’m proud but not content with our results. Like everyone else, we are facing difficult economic times here in Louisiana, but we continue to offer an exciting and varied product featuring full fields, often producing big payoffs that horse racing fans and bettors across the United States have come to embrace and expect from us.” “This year, Evangeline Downs hosted events and promotions all season long in our Clubhouse, paddock area and trackside,” said Darbonne. “The live action of racing with its roots in the Cajun culture created a party atmosphere for people of all ages. We definitely saw lots of families every night.” Plenty of money was also available to horsemen, as a total of $15.831 million was paid out over the season, an average of more than $190,000 a program. Live racing will return to the Opelousas, La. oval on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 with the start of the fall quarter horse season. The 46-night season will primarily have a four-evening-a-week schedule, Wednesday-Saturday and runs through Thursday, December 20. Full-card simulcast wagering continues daily on-track, at Off Track Betting facilities and via betlouisiana.com. For more information contact Evangeline Downs at 337-594-3000.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Evangeline Downs Resumes Live Racing Tonight

(Opelousas, La.) – After weathering Hurricane Isaac, Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino resumes live racing tonight,, August 30, 2012.   Steve Darbonne, director of racing operations for Evangeline Downs stated, “we will be conducting business as usual. The track is in great shape and we are ready to get back to live racing.”   On Friday August 31, 2012, the Racing Office will conduct a double draw. Racing Secretary Coleman Lloyd stated entries will be

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Guys, Bring Your Crew to the Racetrack Tonight!

Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino's version of Guys' Night continues tonight with great specials along with the live action of racing. Racing starts at 5:40 p.m., so it's the perfect place to get together after work.


If you can't make it to Evangeline Downs for live racing, join us at BetLouisiana.com.
The site that supports Louisiana horsemen.

Must be 18 or older to wager. Must be 21 or older for the consumption of alcohol. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Government issued photo ID required. Management reserves all rights.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Message for our Sponsors and Restaurants




Now that the official campaign is over, we'd like to take a short pause to thank EVERYONE involved in making this campaign such a success. Our sponsors and our restaurants really stepped up their participation this year. We had a record number of promotions and giveaways and had SO MUCH FUN doing it!

We'd also like to thank all of the support staff that took everything complicated and made it simple. Interns, family, friends, and anyone else on your team that made something happen for you. This community got together and stood for our locally-owned restaurants in support of great service, delicious food, and good times. We think the campaign was a huge success. 

We're not done, though! The website and social media stay up and running all year long, just as your businesses do. We're here to help spread the word about how amazing you all are - so if you have something special going on, let us know! We'd be happy to share with our fans.

7,000 Facebook Fan Giveaway
Once we reach 7,000 fans on Facebook, we'll give away a World's Best Chicken Cooker from Bruce FoodsVisit our tab on Facebook - you have to Like our page to be able to enter. We'll draw at random from the entries we receive and contact the winner via the contact information provided. So get everyone you know to Like us on Facebook and you could win the Chicken Cooker!

Again, thank you all for an amazing campaign, once again! Let's encourage Acadiana to EatLafayette all year long. 

Allons manger!

The EatLafayette Team

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Join us for Date Night at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

If you're looking for something to do on Friday night, join us at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino for Date Night. Wine and dinner specials make an exciting night of racing that much more special.

Live racing begins at 5:40 p.m. every Friday throughout the racing season.


If you can't make it to Evangeline Downs for live racing, join us at BetLouisiana.com.
The site that supports Louisiana horsemen.

Must be 18 or older to wager. Must be 21 or older for the consumption of alcohol. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Government issued photo ID required. Management reserves all rights.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Saturday T-Shirt Toss and Jockeys Giving Away Signed Goggles.

We are celebrating Saturday night's $125,000 Evangeline Mile race with lots of fun for the whole family.

We will be tossing t-shirts and goggles signed by the jockeys to our racing fans. The fun starts after the first race (post time 5:40 p.m.) and will happen between every race until the last race of the evening.
Every Saturday through September 8, bring the whole family to the Racetrack at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino for food, fun and racing!

Join us in the Clubhouse on Saturday nights to take advantage of special deals:

For the adults:
  • Buffet for $19.99
For the kids 12 and under:
  • Cheese Pizza for $7.99
  • Kids Buffet for $9.99
Outside under the Patio:
  • Two hot dogs, a bag of chips and a soft drink for $4
  • Hamburger, bag of chips and a soft drink for $4
  • 50¢ Coors Light and Miller Lite Ponies
Check out the entries for Saturday night's Evangeline Mile.

 
If you can't make it to Evangeline Downs for live racing, join us at BetLouisiana.com.
The site that supports Louisiana horsemen.

Must be 18 or older to wager. Must be 21 or older for the consumption of alcohol. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Government issued photo ID required. Management reserves all rights.

Monday, August 6, 2012

FREE Camping August 10

For Immediate Release
Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino Contact:
Steve Darbonne
(337) 594-3611
Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 ext. 3
Evangeline Downs Announces RV Tailgating Night at the Races
RVers to Spend a Night with Free Camping

(Opelousas, La.) – Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino announced that it will host its first RV tailgating night on August 10. Southern RV Super Center, the number one RV dealer in the tri-state region, will sponsor the first night. Southern RV Super Center is located locally in Lafayette near the intersection of I-49 and Gloria Switch Road.

“Our partnership with Southern RV is the perfect way to celebrate Evangeline Downs’ first tailgating night,” said Steve Darbonne, director of racing operations. “We are pleased to honor them with a named race and are looking forward to a fun-filled event for everyone.”

“There is no doubt that love of racing is deep-rooted in the region’s history. This year, we’ve been inviting people back to enjoy the sport many of them enjoyed as children,” said Darbonne. “Our on-track attendance and handle have increased over last year and we are enjoying all of the new racing fans. It is great seeing the apron full at the finish line every night. ”

On August 10, each RVer will receive a racing voucher at check in with Evangeline Downs. The voucher is valid for up to four gate admissions and free overnight camping for each RV. “Special events like RV Tailgaiting Night bring in new racing fans too,” said Darbonne. “RVers and race fans have a lot in common. They enjoy the lifestyle and make new friends every time they get together.”

RVers are invited to park their RVs for free camping in the North Parking Lot at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino. Parking and set up is from 2-5 p.m. on the day of the event and the races begin at 5:40PM. RVers are encouraged to call (337) 235-2924 ext. 12 to reserve a spot.

Live thoroughbred racing is held every Wednesday – Saturday through September 8, 2012. Races begin at 5:40 p.m. each night.


FREE ADMISSION, PARKING AND MORE
• Clubhouse admission is FREE with a minimum purchase of food and beverage*.
• FREE general admission
• FREE valet and general parking
• Looking for directions, click here.

*Proper attire in clubhouse, reservations recommended. Group Rates are available.
*No age too young or old to attend the races.  Must be 18 or older to wager.

Must be 21 & older for alcohol consumption. Government issued photo ID required. Management reserves all rights.

For more information call (337) 594-3000 or go to evangelinedowns.com.

About Southern RV Super Centers
With locations in Bossier City and Lafayette, Louisiana and Tyler, Texas, Southern RV Super Centers are able to buy New RVs and Used RVs in volume, sell at the lowest price, and always provide the best service. It's why they are the number one RV dealer in the tri-state region. Their professional RV Sales team and RV Parts & RV Service department work together to make Southern RV a one-stop RV shopping headquarters. Learn more at southernrvsupercenter.com.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

What's your inspiration?

Any creative profession requires inspiration. I happen to be a graphic designer, so my inspiration is mostly visual (although a clever phrase can get me going too). Everyone has their own creative process, but here is a little insight into mine.

There are a million sources to look at for inspiration, especially because the internet brings the world to my doorstep (it sure is a small world now). So the question becomes, where do I start?

I look at images (duh) of things done before, the same type of project done by someone else, or done by many someone elses. I love design books, and there are so many to choose from. Bookstores and libraries have great selections I enjoy skimming through. If I am working on a stationary design, there's a book for that, like: Stationery Design Now! by Taschen Books. There are countless logo design books as well, like Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler or  the Logo Lounge collection. Sometimes I just look at layout books or illustrations to find a style I want to go with.  The books are great because they show you example of what has been done before in that specific category.

But, there's also my lazy side's guilty source. Enter technology...

Google search is great, but in a different way from books. Ever notice, when you search for something on Google, there are often links and images included in the results that seem to have nothing to do with what you were looking for? Most of the time that can be frustrating, but when I am looking for inspiration to be creative, out of the box is what I want. Those seemingly random results can be the little gems I look for, so I don't discount them.

Whether it is in books or online that I start searching, I always start narrow and widen as I go. That way, in what ever genre I'm in, I start out knowing what has been done before, what works and of what I should steer clear.

Once I have a few interesting and hopefully informative sources and images, I can start putting something together. Further down the road to fruition!

Even that process has its own form of inspiration built in. All those accidental discoveries through time have happened while someone was trying to do something else. The same happens to me. While sketching, or even further into the process of creating my vision, a mistake will happen. My hand will slip and the graphite or mouse will go where I didn't want it. Nine times out of ten I will correct the mistake and move on. However, that once out of ten times, I will sit back and be amazed at what I discovered. More often than not, it is something that is completely useless to the project at hand, but I will file it away because it was so interesting. That mistake has now become a part of my personal library of inspiration.

I find my inspiration comes best when I actively look for it, I just have to recognize it.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

FREE ADMISSION

FREE Admission. Yes, that's right! It's FREE to attend our thoroughbred horse racing every Wednesday - Saturday at Evangeline Down Racetrack and Casino. The first race starts at 5:40 p.m. and we give you a full night of action. That makes it the best entertainment value in Acadiana.

We are also adding another FREE event on Friday, August 10. It's tailgating Southern RV Style. There will be a display of RVs and lots of FREE parking for you and your RV.
If you can't make it to Evangeline Downs for live racing, join us at BetLouisiana.com.
The site that supports Louisiana horsemen.
Must be 18 or older to wager. Must be 21 or older for the consumption of alcohol. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Government issued photo ID required. Management reserves all rights.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Protect Data During Hurricanes and Other Potential Disasters

 For Immediate Release


Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235 -2924 ext. 18
jcalzone@calzone.com

SkyNet Data Solutions Contact:
Josh Reed
(337) 889-0606
jreed@skynetdatasolutions.com

Protect Data During Hurricanes and Other Potential Disasters
SkyNet Data Solutions Provides Computing Services in Preparation for Hurricane Season

(Lafayette, La.) – Hurricane season is here and with Tropical Storm Debby's recent affect on the Gulf Coast, some are wondering what they can do to prepare and protect their belongings. SkyNet Data Solutions (SkyNet) has the answer for those who want to protect their digital data and business computing.

Preparation is key to minimizing loss, residentially and commercially. SkyNet provides services for disaster preparation and recovery. Services like off-site backup, co-location, cloud computing and virtualization of machines provide clients with seamless, hassle-free solutions. More importantly, businesses can stay in operation even if they have to evacuate offices.

Off-site backup is the most commonly used service at SkyNet. To install off-site backup, SkyNet installs a piece of software on the user’s computer that will backup the user’s files to SkyNet’s secure servers in the Oil Center. Backup is recommended nightly and is configured to be most efficient and effective for the user. The data center in the Oil Center has a 99+% uptime rate, redundant internet connections, multiple UPS power backups and a redundant backup power grid. The storage servers are then backed up to a third party secure data center in another state.

In the case that a hurricane did affect Acadiana and the user’s in-house data was destroyed, the user would still be able to remotely access files with the services provided by SkyNet.

Ready.gov is a website dedicated to educating and empowering Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. Visit ready.gov/hurricanes for information on how to best prepare for a hurricane in multiple settings.

SkyNet also provides a service in which SkyNet technicians can retrieve data machines, safely store them in SkyNet’s facility and bring them back in the case of a natural disaster, remodeling or moving, all without the user losing access to information.

SkyNet Data Solutions is based in Lafayette, Louisiana. For more information about the services provided by SkyNet Data Solutions, call Josh Reed at (337) 889-0606, or email jreed@skynetdatasolutions.com.
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Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Will Award Two Scholarships at Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs


For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235- 2924 ext. 18
jcalzone@calzone.com

LTBA Contact:
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 947-4676
roger@louisianabred.com

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Will Award Two Scholarships at Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs

(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Cup Day will take place on Saturday, August 18 at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City and the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has evolved from a small group of horsemen who united in 1963 to the top thoroughbred breeding program in the United States. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships each valued at $1,000 at the upcoming Louisiana Cup Day on August 18, 2012. The winners will be announced after the fifth race and photographs will be taken with the winners. The races begin at 1:25 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 12:25 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. at the designated booth.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

* Must be a college student that will be enrolled full time for Fall 2012 Semester.
* Must be in good standing with the college.
* Must be present to win.

The scholarship will be deposited directly to the student's account at the college. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

Registration time: 12:25 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. CT
Drawing time: Approximately 3:25 p.m.

For more information please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit www.louisianabred.com.

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D.S. "Shine" Young Futurity Features Top Two-Year Olds and Lots of History

For Immediate Release

Evangeline Downs Contact:
Steve Darbonne
(337) 594-3000

Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235 2924 ext 18

D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity Features Top Two-Year Olds and Lots of History

(Opelousas, La.) – The top 2-year old thoroughbred colts, geldings and fillies will be racing in two divisions for a purse of $100,000 each. The pair of $100,000-added 2-year-old events stands alone on the evening of July 28 as part of a retooled stakes schedule.

“We moved them back a few weeks to give horsemen a little more time to get their 2-year-olds ready,” said Evangeline racing secretary Coleman Lloyd. “In years past, when the Jean Lafitte at Delta was still run early in the year and some other races for 2-year-olds were in the spring, everybody had their babies ready early. Nowadays it seems, everyone is waiting longer and longer.”

The “Shine,” formerly run as both the Cajun Futurity and the Southwest Futurity, has been held every year during the history of racing at Evangeline Downs. The race gained even more prominence when a Filly Division was created to compliment its male counterpart division. The “Shine” annually attracts more than 100 nominees.

A reinvigorated turf course, a host of new promotions, and its ability to attract large field sizes has yielded a 9% increase in the on track handle. “We have definitely attracted a new fan base,” said Steve Darbonne, director of racing operations. “We are seeing families and friends coming out more often. Friday and Saturday nights are huge for us.”

The racing operation host nightly promotions and has reconnected to its Cajun roots. “Fans tell us they are having a lot of fun at the track,” said Darbonne. “We have lots in store for Saturday night for the futurity stakes event.”

Admission and parking is free,” said Darbonne. “Lots of great food and beverage specials are available nightly on the patio and our Clubhouse buffet pricing on Friday and Saturday night are a good value. We have lots of kid-friendly options as well.”

Here are the entries.
Race 8
(Post Time: 8:35)
Surface: Dirt


D. S. Shine Young Memorial Futurity
5 Furlongs | State Bred | Fillies | 2 Year Olds |  STAKES |  Purse: $100,000
PP
HORSE
JOCKEY
TRAINER
1
Dawn's Cherokee
D. Meche
120 Lbs
J. Meaux
2
Suitefriendsofmine
D. Saenz
120 Lbs
J. Delhomme
3
Stellar Saint
K. Clark
120 Lbs
R. Rockwell
4
She's the Shot
D. Bourque
120 Lbs
K. Broberg
5
Graustarkian
R. Zimmerman
120 Lbs
J. Lara
6
Abajo Sky
J. Melancon
120 Lbs
B. Brinkman
7
Tujuacagofast
C. Hernandez
120 Lbs
A. Stall, Jr.
8
Boogie N Again
T. Hebert
120 Lbs
A. Klanfer
9
I Dare U Em
G. Melancon
120 Lbs
B. Brinkman
10
Impulsive Bet
C. McMahon
120 Lbs
M. McEachern
11
Tracas
E. Martin, Jr.
120 Lbs
T. Vance
12
Gotta Gut Feelin'
R. Stokes, III
120 Lbs
M. McEachern
Race 10
(Post Time: 9:25)
Surface: Dirt


D. S. Shine Young Memorial Futurity
5 Furlongs | State Bred | Open | 2 Year Olds |  STAKES |  Purse: $100,000
PP
HORSE
JOCKEY
TRAINER
1
Klozer
T. Hebert
120 Lbs
S. Gelner
2
Fishin Frank
K. Clark
120 Lbs
A. Agilar
3
Whispering Charm
D. Meche
120 Lbs
M. McEachern
4
Senorita's Sorce
R. Stokes, III
120 Lbs
M. McEachern
5
Gutsy
C. Fusilier
120 Lbs
E. Nelson, Jr.
6
Mr. Politico
C. Hernandez
120 Lbs
R. Granger
7
Proust
T. Agilar
120 Lbs
A. Agilar
8
Go Lil Tiger
D. Bourque
120 Lbs
K. Broberg
9
Mr. Bandini's Band
K. Smith
120 Lbs
E. Nelson, Jr.
10
Desert Ransom
D. Saenz
120 Lbs
K. Broberg
11
Boston Boss
G. Melancon
120 Lbs
A. Landry

For more information call (337) 594-3000 or go to evangelinedowns.com.

If you can't make it to Evangeline Downs for live racing, join us at BetLouisiana.com.
The site that supports Louisiana horsemen.
Must be 18 or older to wager. Must be 21 or older for the consumption of alcohol. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Government issued photo ID required. Management reserves all rights.