RICKY COURVILLE TRAINEE PICKS UP SECOND STAKES VICTORY
OPELOUSAS, LA – The curtain closed on the 2022 Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs with a sharp performance from Anna Guillot’s Bisping in the D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity. The stakes for Louisiana-bred colts and geldings highlighted the card that also recognized the top horsemen of the season.
Breaking smoothly from the center of the starting gate, jockey Devin Magnon and Bisping were out quickly and joined Easy Chance in a battle for the lead down the backstretch. The Boss Soss, Kajun Karma and Ranch Water were all in the early mix as the leaders traveled the opening quarter-mile in 22.18 seconds. As the field moved through the far turn, Bisping assumed command and opened up a one-length lead. The Boss Soss, Kajun Karma and Ranch Water were all giving chase as the field moved to the top of the stretch.
Past the half-mile split in 45.89 seconds, the Ricky Courville trainee was increasing the lead to 3-1/2 lengths with The Boss Soss giving chase, as Kajun Karma and Ranch Water were battling for minor awards. Inside the final 100 yards Bisping had to dig deep as The Boss Soss made a final lunge at the leader. The winning margin was ¾-lengths, with another 3-1/4 lengths back to Kajun Karma in third and a neck to Ranch Water in fourth. The winner stopped the timer in 1:05.54 for 5-1/2 furlongs over a fast track.
The win by Bisping was the second consecutive stakes victory and is the third win from four career starts. The $36,000 winner’s share increased his lifetime bankroll to $94,050.
Bred in Louisiana by the partnership of Adcock’s Red River Farm, LLC & J. Adcock, Bisping is a 2-year-old colt by El Deal, out of the More Than Ready mare Delta Sierra.
Sent off as the solid 3/5 favorite, Bisping returned $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Longshots followed with 40-1 outsider The Boss Soss paying $18 to place and $14.40 to show, with 45-1 Kajun Karma worth $15.20 to show.
Leading horsemen for the 2022 season were honored between races with winner’s circle presentations. Apprentice Vicente Del Cid captured his first career riding title with an impressive 124 wins on the season. Karl Broberg (assisted by Darwin Quevedo) led the trainer standings with 44 wins. The leading owner title went to End Zone Athletics Inc. (Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson) with 37 wins over the 84-day season.
Evangeline Downs kicks off the 2022 American Quarter Horse season on Wednesday, October 5. The highlight of the season will take place on December 17 when the track hosts the Louisiana Million Futurity for 2-year-olds. First post time each Wednesday through Saturday night during the season will be at 5:35pm.