LONGSHOT TAKES ADVANTAGE OF FAST PACE FOR COMEBACK WIN
Rajin Cajun S.
April 9, 2016
7 furlongs, for 3-Year-Olds, $50,000
Pulling Punches-Sassy Belle, by Doc’s Leader
Breeder: Charles Titsworth
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey:S. J. Bourque
Margins: 7 3/4, 3 1/4, nk
2nd: Si Familia
3rd: Bill’s Production
OPELOUSAS, LA- Rodney Verret’s gelding Couche Couche picked a fine time for his first career win over a dirt surface, rolling from off a blistering pace to register a 15-1 upset victory in the $50,000 Ragin’
Cajun Stakes at Evangeline Downs on Saturday night. Steve Bourque was aboard for the win by the Allen Landry trainee.
Couche Couche sat well off the pacesetting Smoothmoney at the rear of the field, as Smoothmoney set torrid fractions of 21.84 seconds for the quarter-mile and 44.46 for the half-mile. Bill’s Production, a 7-1 shot, tried to circle the field on the far turn with an aggressive charge, while the 7-5 favorite, Greeley’s Wish came up the rail into contention. They were noses apart at the top of the stretch, but Couche Couche came storming down the outside and flew past them, drawing away to a crushing 7 3/4 length victory in a final time of 1:23.85 seconds for the seven furlongs over the fast main track.
Couche Couche has now finished in-the-money in all four lifetime starts with two victories, a second and a third. His other career win came in a maiden-breaking turf sprint at the Fair Grounds on February 25.
He earned $30,000 for his victory on Saturday night, increasing his career earnings to $63,230.
Couche Couche paid $32.60 to win, $10.00 to place and $6.80 to show. Si Familia rallied from last on the backstretch to finish second, paying $13.40 to place and $6.20 to show. Bill’s Production held third and returned $4.80 to show.
Couche Couche is a 3-year-old by Pulling Punches out of the Doc’s Leader mare, Sassy Belle. The chestnut gelding was bred in Louisiana by Charles Titsworth.
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