STAKES VICTORY IS ONE OF THREE WINS ON THE CLOSING NIGHT CARD FOR JOCKEY COLBY HERNANDEZ
Evangeline Downs Prince Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 8-25-18, 6 furlongs, $50,000
Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings
Closing Argument–Bronze Abe
Breeder: Chrislin LLC, (LA)
Owner: Darrah Wentworth
Trainer: Harvey Lourd, III
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez
Breeder: Nathan Wallis (TX)
Owner: Jerry Namy
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Timothy Thornton
Unbridledsensation–Holy Vision R. N.
Breeder: Carrol J. Castille (LA)
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Trainer: Steven B. Flint
Jockey: Kerwin D. Clark
OPELOUSAS, LA – Darrah Wentworth’s Fat Clemenza was an impressive maiden-breaking winner at Evangeline Downs on August 3, winning that first start by seven lengths. The gelding made it two in a row here this season by overcoming traffic trouble in the stretch to claim a victory in the $50,000 Evangeline Downs Prince on Saturday night.
The early fractions were carved out nicely by B W P Express, who led through a quarter-mile of 22.02 seconds and a half-mile of 45.68. Fat Clemenza was pinned in at the rail through the early stages and was still fighting for racing room as the field entered the stretch. Meanwhile, the 2-5 betting favorite, Wakefield, had made a nifty move on the far turn while running three-wide and made the lead at the 3/16 pole. Fat Clemenza was angled out by jockey Colby Hernandez and moved to the outside of Wakefield to make a challenge. The grey gelding wore down the leader in the stretch to prevail by one length in a final time of 1:12.07 for six furlongs over the fast track.
Fat Clemenza returned $8 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Wakefield paid $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. A 46-1 longshot, Geauxcro, came in third and paid $8 to show.
Fat Clemenza was bred in Louisiana by Chrislin, LLC and he is trained by Harvey Lourd III. The 2-year-old gelding is by Closing Argument, and is out of the Two Punch mare, Bronze Abe. He is now 2-for-2 in his career and the $30,000 first-place purse increases his lifetime earnings to $45,300.
Live racing at Evangeline Downs will resume on Wednesday, October 3 when the 2018 American Quarter Horse season begins with a 46-night racing season. Post time for that season will be 5:35 pm Central Time.
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