LEADING RIDER DIEGO SAENZ BRINGS HOME SAM BREAUX TRAINEE
OPELOUSAS, LA – Evangeline Downs kicked off the 2021 stakes schedule as Diego Saenz booted home Tin Roof Farms LLC’s Snowball to win the $60,000 Evangeline Downs Distaff.
Snowball broke smoothly in the one-mile test for older Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. After being allowed to settle off the early pace set by Saber Cut and Distractor Factor, under steady fractions of 24.84 for the opening quarter-mile and 48.72 for the half mile. As the field entered the far turn, Snowball commenced with a three-wide rally to collar the leaders at the top of the lane after six furlongs went in 1:13.17.
After taking the lead inside the final furlong, Snowball, who is trained by Sam Breaux, drew clear over a stubborn Distractor Factor to win by three-quarters of a length. Saber Cut wound up third another half-length behind the top pair. The final running time for the distance was 1:38.35 over a track listed fast.
The win by Snowball was the sixth of her 28-race career. She earned $36,000 for the victory, running her career earnings to $296, 680.
A 5-year-old mare, Snowball was bred in Louisiana by 4M Ranch. The gray, or roan, mare is by Apriority, out of the Value Plus mare Inner Peace.
Sent off as the 8.5 favorite, Snowball paid $5.40 to win, $3.00 to place and $2.40 to show. Distractor Factor returned $5.00 to place and $4.20 to show. Saber Cut paid $5.60 to show.
Evangeline Downs finishes up the third week of racing with another nine-race card Saturday, featuring the $60,000 Evangeline Downs Classic. A field of seven set to travel the one-mile distance.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Evangeline Downs is located in Opelousas, Louisiana, off I-49 on Cresswell Lane at Exit 18.