PROGRAM WILL FEATURE EIGHT STAKES RACES WORTH $775,000 IN PURSES
OPELOUSAS, LA- Evangeline Downs will be hosting its marquee night of Thoroughbred racing on Saturday, July 2 with Louisiana Legends Night. The 10-race program will include eight Louisiana-bred stakes races totaling $775,000 in purse money.
The featured event on the Louisiana Legends Night program is the $125,000 Louisiana Legends Classic. The 2-1 morning line favorite in the field of six will be Sunbean, a 6-year-old gelding that has earned $1,059,750 in his career. Sunbean has a perfect three-for-three record at Evangeline Downs, winning the 2013 Louisiana Legends Mile, the 2014 Louisiana Legends Classic and the 2014 Evangeline Mile. He also won his most recent start at Fair Grounds on March 26 in the Star Guitar Stakes. Sunbean was bred in Louisiana by the owner Brittlyn Stable Inc. He is trained by Ron Faucheux and will be ridden on Saturdayby Richard Eramia.
There will be a second million-dollar earning horse on the Louisiana Legends Night program at Evangeline Downs. String King, who has earned $1,011,052 in his 29-race career, has been installed as the 4-1 morning line favorite in the field of 12 for the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf. String King is the defending champion in the Louisiana Legends Turf, having won the 2015 edition of the race that was taken off the turf. String King has been facing graded stakes company in his last three starts at the Fair Grounds. He has not been to the racetrack since finishing eighth in the Grade 2 Mervin Muniz in New Orleans. String King was bred in Louisiana by the owner-trainer, Charles Smith. The 8-year-old gelding will be ridden on Saturday by John Jacinto.
There will be other featured horses on the Louisiana Legends Night program including Painting The Sky, the dual registered Thoroughbred-Paint horse from the Brett Brinkman barn with two wins in five lifetime starts who will be in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Soiree. A two-time stakes winner this season at Evangeline Downs, Couche Couche, will be in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Cheval. The gelding has previously won the $50,000 Ragin Cajun and the $75,000 Equine Sales Derby at Evangeline Downs. He is trained by Karl Broberg, who currently leads the nation in wins, and will be ridden by Colby Hernandez.
Evangeline Downs will conduct live racing on its usual Wednesday–Saturday schedule this week. Post time each night will be 5:50 pm Central Time.
For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.
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