MISS JANA CHARGES HOME TO VICTORY IN THE $60,000 ACADIANA STAKES

JOCKEY JOSE GUERRERO ABOARD THE FIRST STAKES WINNER OF THE SEASON

 

Miss Jana wins the Acadiana Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Coady Photography.

 

OPELOUSAS, LA –Evangeline Downs kicked off the 2022 stakes calendar with a renewal of the $60,000 Acadiana Stakes on Friday night.  Jerry Cart’s Miss Jana took control on the turn and pulled away for a convincing victory.  The race for three-year-old fillies, formerly restricted to state-bred runners, was absent from the stakes schedule the past couple of seasons.

Sassy Emma was quickest out of the gate and was quickly joined by Brinee and Run Natalie Run in the charge down the backstretch. After a sharp start, jockey Jose Guerrero had Miss Jana well within striking distance, rating in fourth position, as the leaders went the opening quarter-mile in 22.32 seconds.  Miss Jana rushed up to challenge with a four-wide bid midway on the turn, challenging Brinee and Run Natalie Run, as Sassy Emma was the first to bow out.  After a half-mile in a swift 45.74 seconds, Miss Jana surged forward to take a half-length lead.  Run Natalie Run and Brinee were also beginning to tire, while Wholelottamo and Splenda Gail started to commence with their closing rallies.

Miss Jana opened up her lead to a convincing four lengths as they passed the final furlong marker and was in hand nearing the wire a comfortable 3-1/4 lengths in front.  Wholelottamo sustained her bid to finish in the runner-up spot, 1-1/2 lengths in front of Splenda Gail, who finished third.  Miss Jana stopped the timer in 1:11.32 seconds for six furlongs over a track rated fast.

Trained by the owner, Miss Jana earned $36,000 for the victory, her third from nine career starts.  The purse from the first stakes victory increased her lifetime bankroll to $103,640.

The 3-year-old filly was bred in Louisiana by Robert E. Hewlett.  Sired by Ruler’s Court, the bay is out of the Mauk Four mare Jettin Jana.

Miss Jana returned $7.20 to win as the second choice in the wagering, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show.  Favored Wholelottamo paid $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show.  Splenda Gail returned $3.20 to show.

Live racing resumes on Saturday with a 5:30pm first post.  The featured event is the $60,000 Lafayette Stakes.  The Evangeline Downs Thoroughbred season runs on a Wednesday thru Saturday schedule until August 27.

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.

Seaside Amour Prevails to Take Acadiana Stakes

SEASIDE AMOUR The Acadiana Stakes
C.J. Hernandez guides a determined Seaside Amour across the finish line first in the Acadiana Stakes. Coady Photography.

The Acadiana Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 6-22-18, 7 furlongs, $50,000
3 YO Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies

SEASIDE AMOUR
Custom for Carlos – Seaside Affair
Breeder: Stewart M. Madison
Owner: Stewart Mather Madison
Trainer: Al Stall, Jr.
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

2nd
Yes Gorgeous
Mass Media – Isn’t She Gorgeous
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center
Owner: Scott Gelner
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: D. Saenz

3rd
Blue Suade Guitar
Star Guitar – Persuading
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittany Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: T. Thornton

 

The $50,000 Acadiana Stakes for 3-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies featured a field of eight going seven furlongs. The Al Stall, Jr. trainee, Seaside Amour, who was the 5-2 betting favorite, prevailed after a stirring stretch drive with Yes Gorgeous to win by a neck in a final time of 1:24.41.

It is the first career stakes victory for Seaside Amour and her third win overall from five starts. The $30,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $73,790. She was bred in Louisiana by the owner, Stewart Mather Madison, and ridden to victory by Colby Hernandez.

Seaside Amour paid $7.20 to win, $4.40 to place and $3 to show. Yes Gorgeous returned $4 to place and $3 to show, while Blue Suade Guitar paid $3.20 to show.