OPELOUSAS, LA –El Dinero blew up the toteboard with a 39-1 shocker in the $70,000 D.S. ‘Shine’ Young Futurity at Evangeline Downs contested over a track rated as fast on Saturday night.
Sonofaship and Cunimbus were among the first runners away from the gate in the futurity, with El Dinero away awkwardly near the back of the pack. As the field zipped through an opening quarter-mile in 22.17 seconds, Sonofaship had edged forward to gain control with Cunimbus, Deal With It Daddy and Sounds Like Power the closest pursuers. El Dinero and jockey Juan Vargas were in midpack and had moved to the middle of the track as they began to gain ground on the leaders.
As the field turned into the lane, El Dinero made a sweeping five-wide bid to challenge for the lead. Striking the front inside the final furlong, the Patrick Devereux, Jr. trainee began to clear off from his rivals and was 2-1/2 lengths in front at the wire. Deal With It Daddy held well to finish second, just a neck better than a late closing Good and Stout. Heavily favored Sonofaship, off at odds of 6/5, faded to fourth. The running time for the 5-1/2 furlongs was 1:06.54.
Owned by TAV Enterprises, LLC (John Tavormina and Leslie Rohre), El Dinero earned $42,000 in winning for the first time in his second career start. His bankroll jumps to $45,740 with the stake victory.
The 2-year-old was bred in Louisiana by the partnership of J. Adcock and Hume Wornall. The dark bay, or brown, gelding was sired by El Deal and is out of the Forestry mare Money for Makeup.
El Dinero paid a whopping $80.80 for the $2 win price, $27 to place and $14 to show. Deal With It Daddy returned $7.60 to place, $4.80 to show and Good and Stout paid $8 to show.