EVANGELINE DOWNS WELCOMES LARGE CROWD FOR LOUISIANA LEGENDS NIGHT

TRAINER RON FAUCHEUX AND JOCKEY JARETH LOVEBERRY TEAM UP FOR TWO STAKES VICTORIES

 

OPELOUSAS, LA –Evangeline Downs hosted the annual celebration of the Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds with an exciting Louisiana Legends Night card on Saturday.  A large crowd was on hand for the night of stakes action that included six stakes races each worth $75,000 for state-bred runners.  Pleasant weather greeted race goers and the races were contested over tracks rated fast and firm.

Maga Man takes the Louisiana Legends Turf Stakes. Coady Photography.

Maga Man displayed a new dimension by sitting off the early speed and rallying to a thrilling victory in the $75,000 Turf.  Normally a runner found battling for the lead, jockey Joe Stokes was able to get Maga Man to settle off the hot early pace being fought by Forestdungone, Mangelsen and Behemah Star through snappy fractions of 23.21, 47.28 and 1:11.63.  Maga Man was ready to launch a four-wide rally at the top of the lane and engaged the leaders as they reached the furlong marker.  While Behemah Star continued to battle on as the only survivor of the early pace, Jaci’s Royalty and City Park were closing from the back of the pack.  Trained by Norman Miller, III, Maga Man was able to dig in and prevailed in a finish that saw the first four finishers separated by less than a combined length.

Maga Man stopped the clock in 1:43.33 over the 1-1/16 mile distance with the official winning margin of ½-length over Jaci’s Royalty.  It was a head back to third place finisher Behemah Star and a nose to City Park in fourth.  Maga Man defends his title in the Legends Turf, although last year’s running was contested over a sloppy main track.

Owned by Norman Miller IV, Maga Man returned $17.20 to his backers, $9.20 to place and $5.60 to show.  Jaci’s Royalty paid $8.20 and $6, with Behemah Star paying $4.60 to show.  The winning purse pushed the career totals for Maga Man to 10 victories in 39 career starts and $369,880 in earnings.

Bred by Steven Renshaw, Maga Man is a 7-year-old gelded gray/roan son of Musket Man, out of the Pulling Punches mare Lew’s Gray.

 

Free Like A Girl adds the Louisiana Legends Soiree to her list of stakes victories. Coady Photography.

Free Like a Girl ran like a solid favorite is expected to do in her victory over 3-year-old fillies in the $75,000 Soiree.  After breaking a little awkwardly, jockey Pedro Cotto, Jr. was able to get Free Like a Girl into a comfortable position just off the early leader Beleout.  Trained by Chasey Deville Pomier, Free Like a Girl ranged up to challenge the leader moving past the quarter-mile pole and opened up a comfortable margin moving past the furlong pole.  Wholelottamo was steadily gaining ground in a runner-up effort but could not threaten the winner.  The winning margin for Free Like a Girl was 1-1/4 lengths, with another 7-3/4 lengths to the third-place finisher First I’ve Seen.  The winner covered the mile distance in a time of 1:39.41

Sired by El Deal, the bay filly is out of the Flashy Bull mare Flashy Prize and was bred by Kim Renee Stover and Lisa Osborne.  The victory was her seventh from 13 career starts and the winning purse pushed her career total to $401,473.

Owned by Gerald Bruno Jr., Carl J. Deville, Chasey Deville Pomier and Jerry Caroom, Free Like a Girl returned $3 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show.  Wholelottamo paid $3 to place, $2.20 to show and First I’ve Seen paid $2.20 to show.

 

 

Big Chopper holds off Vodka Gimlet to win the Louisiana Legends Coeval Stakes. Coady Photography.

Kendel Standlee’s Big Chopper was hustled to the front and never looked back in his victory in the $75,000 Cheval.  Jockey C.J. McMahon had his mount away alertly from the gate and settled into stride setting fractions of 24.01, 47.83 and 1:11.93 before stopping the clock in 1:37.71 for the mile distance.  Vodka Gimlet was in range throughout but could not get past the determined winner.  Favored Touchuponastar, off a very impressive maiden victory, was chasing the eventual victor from the outset and faded to third.  Trained by Scott Gelner, Big Chopper’s winning margin was ½-length, with another length separating the second and third finishers.

Bred by the owner, the 3-year-old is by Shackleford and is out of the Unusual Heat mare Miss Well Molded.  The winning purse pushed his career total to $130,480 with his third victory from eight career starts.

Big Chopper returned $13.80 to his backers for a win ticket, $6.20 to place and $3.80 to show.  Vodka Gimlet returned $4.60 to place and $2.60 to show, with Touchuponastar paying $2.80 to show.

 

 

Net A Bear moves into the lead to take the Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff. Coady Photography.

Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro’s Net a Bear returned to her winning ways on the grass with an impressive victory in the $75,000 Turf Distaff.  Jockey Tim Thornton and Net a Bear were unhurried early sitting in fifth position early as longshot Sumitup raced away to an open lengths lead.  World War and Great in Red were the first to collar the leader moving into the far turn as the leader gave way after fractions of 23.63 and 48.15.  Through six furlongs in 1:12.26, Net a Bear was shuffled back in some traffic and had to wait for some running room.  As the field straightened away in the lane, the Allen Landry trainee found clear running room and rushed past the leaders to win by 1-1/4 lengths.  World War fought on to finish second a head in front of Great in Red.  The winner stopped the timer in 1:36.91.

Bred by Lora Pitre and Elaine Carroll, Net a Bear was sired by Awesome Bet and is out of the Eddington mare Edacious Reality.  Winning for the twelfth time in 33 career starts, the $45,000 winning purse pushed her career earnings to $615,970.

The favorite in the wagering, Net a Bear paid $3.40 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show.  World War paid $2.80 to place and $2.40 to show.  Great in Red returned $2.80 to show.

 

 

Trainer Ron Faucheux and jockey Jareth Loveberry teamed up for their first of two stakes victories as Fame Feather won the $75,000 Mademoiselle.  Winning for the first time over the main track, Fame Feather rallied from off the pace to win the 5-1/2 furlong sprint.  Settling off swift early fractions of 21.90 and 45.58 seconds set by Lady Hopper, the Picard Thoroughbreds Racing Stable LLC (Dawn and Jeffrey Picard) runner commenced a rally two wide on the turn and rallied to pull away for a one length victory over Spirited Beauty, a half-length ahead of Snowball who rallied late for a third-place finish.  The winner stopped the timer in 1:04.49.

Bred by Ramona Pierce, Fame Feather is a 7-year-old chestnut mare sired by Lion Tamer, out of the Indian Charlie mare Pretty Indian.  Winning for the seventh time in 25 career starts, the winner’s share increased her career bankroll to $274,330.

Fame Feather returned a welcome $21.20 to win for her backers, $7.80 to place and $5 to show.  Spirited Beauty paid $4.80 to place and $2.80 to show.  Snowball returned $3 to show.

 

Bertie’s Galaxy wins the Louisiana Legends Sprint Stakes. Coady Photography.

Faucheux and Loveberry found the winner’s circle again as Bertie’s Galaxy defended his title in the $75,000 Sprint.  Sharp away from the gate, Bertie’s Galaxy was quickly in charge leading by a length through an opening quarter in 21.86 seconds with Black Sword and Yankee Seven chasing their familiar rival.  Turning for home in a half-mile in 44.63 seconds, the Allen Cassedy runner extended the lead to two lengths and was clear at the wire.  The winning margin was 2-1/4 lengths over a late closing Creole Charlie and it was another 1-1/2 lengths back to Takes Two to Tango in third.  Bertie’s Galaxy stopped the clock in 1:03.52 for the 5-1/2 furlong distance.

Bertie’s Galaxy was bred by Margie Averett and the 6-year-old chestnut gelding is by Greeley’s Galaxy out of the Wild Rush mare Wild Bertie.

Off as the favorite, Bertie’s Galaxy returned $6.60 as a popular victor, $4.60 to place and $4 to show.  Creole Charlie was worth $12.60 to place and $8 to show.  Takes Two to Tango returned $5.60 to show.  The winning share pushed the career bankroll of Bertie’s Galaxy to $442,850.  The victory was the eleventh from 25 career starts.

For more information on racing at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.comand on Twitter @evdracing.  Live racing resumes Wednesday with a 5:30pm Central first post.  The racing calendar for 2022 is a Wednesday through Saturday schedule until the end of the meet on August 27.

Clear Skies; Louisiana Premier Stakes

The 19th running of Louisiana Premier Day at Delta Downs on Feb. 5 couldn’t have been scripted out any better. With clear skies and a cool breeze, the 11-race program featured 10 stakes races and more than $900,000 in total purse money for Louisiana-bred horses who were vying for hoof-pounding greatness. Not only was the weather picture perfect, but the betting handle soared to $3,075,587, which was nearly $800,000 more than last year’s soirée.

 

Clear Skies; Louisiana Premier Stakes

Trio of Extremely Competitive Louisiana-Bred Stakes on the Louisiana Derby Day Undercard

Two Stakes Wins in and Thirsty For More: Vodka Gimlet Looks to Extend Perfect 3-Year-Old Season in Crescent City Derby

2021 LTBA 2-year-old colt of the year Unified Report returns to the two-turns question

New Orleans, LA (March 23, 2022) — Not much separates the top contenders in the 50th running of the $75,000 Crescent City Derby. In a field of eleven 3-year-old colts and geldings set to run 1 1/16 mile at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, eight of them are exiting a win, eight of them have earned between $35,000 and $65,000, and seven of them have proven themselves around two turns. But three stand-outs have the accolades, earnings, and resume which will keep the rest of the field in tune to their whereabouts as the race for the top Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds unfolds. Based on their resumes, Vodka Gimlet, Unified Report, and More Memories have earned the targets on their backs.

Ellen Epstein’s Vodka Gimlet has enjoyed a perfect sophomore season to this point, winning Delta Down’s Big Drama and Premier Prince in his two 2022 starts. The son of Goldencents has won three races, earned $147,645, and finished ahead of Rebel (G2) winner Un Ojo as a 2-year-old in the Jean Lafitte. Tabbed as the 3-1 morning line favorite, Vodka Gimlet has never been sent out as public choice in any of his seven races. After piloting in both stakes scores, trainer Allen Landry calls on jockey Tommy Pompell to ride from post seven.

Following a perfect 2021 campaign from three starts, Valene Farms’ Unified Report earned LTBA’s top 2-year-old Louisiana-bred colt honors. Among those tallies was a thrilling Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile score at six furlongs. Trainer Dallas Stewart took a shot against open company with his Unified colt in the Lecomte (G3), but that two-turn, 14-length loss as well as his Premier Prince 16-length defeat begs the obvious question — distance. Winner of his last, a March 12 open company optional claiming sprint at Fair Grounds, Unified Report certainly has form and the two-turn question will be in Brian Hernandez, Jr.’s hands, breaking from post nine.

As a Triple Crown nominee, Maggi Moss’ More Memories has the stamp of a 3-year-old’s loftiest expectations. Winner of three of his last four tries at two turns, trainer Tom Amoss has been patient with this More Than Ready colt, running him through his allowance conditions. Impressively beating older state-breds last out attracted the attention of the 2021 Eclipse award winning jockey Joel Rosario, who will leave from post six to take aim at More Memories’ first stakes score.

The field for the $75,000 Crescent City Derby (race 5 at 2:02 pm CT) with post position, jockey/trainer and morning line odds: Whispering Oaks Farm’s Feisty Fist (post one, Kevin Smith/Steve Flint, 8-1 ML), exits five sprint stakes races, including the September win in Evangeline Downs’ D.S. Shine Young Futurity win in the mud; Set-Hut’s Play Mo (post two, Colby Hernandez/Jeff Delhomme, 12-1 ML), recently won a first-level allowance last out on March 16, his first go at two turns; meet-leading owner Brittlyn Stables’ Tambourine Star (post three, Tyler Gaffalione/Jose Camejo, 12-1 ML), goes for his second win after finishing third in his first two attempts at two turns this spring; C and R Racing’s Its Wild Again (post four, Adam Beschizza/Ron Faucheux, 12-1 ML), broke his maiden going two turns last out on second asking; Delanie Calais Jr.’s Cosmic Train (post five, James Graham/Jerry Delhomme, 10-1 ML), took a big step up beating two in this field in early March’s first-level allowance going 1 mile; Maggi Moss’s Triple Crown nominee More Memories (post six, Joel Rosario/Tom Amoss, 5-1 ML), scored his third win against older company in a second-level allowance early March; Ellen Epstein’s Vodka Gimlet (post seven, Tommy Pompell/Allen Landry, 3-1), exits two stakes victories in a row; Dennis Milligan’s Jack Bob and Larry (post eight, Jorge Guzman/Henry Johnson Jr., 8-1 ML), broke his maiden sprinting last out on second asking; Valene Farms’ Unified Report (post nine, Brian Hernandez Jr./Dallas Stewart, 4-1 ML) was voted LTBA’s 2021 2-year-old Colt of the year and he notched his fourth win in six tries last out against open optional claiming company; Dale Ladner’s Bind Faith (post ten, Emanuel Nieves/Brett Brinkman, 12-1 ML), broke his maiden going two turns two races back, then finished fourth to foes Cosmic Train and Tambourine Star last out; Run Bayou Racing’s Itellyouthefacts (post eleven, Roberto Morales/Shane Wilson, 12-1 ML), will make his first start for Shane Wilson after being claimed for $20,000 from his front-running score last out for trainer Bret Calhoun.

 

Living In the Money: Front Runner Serape Puts It on the Line in Crescent City Oaks

Wholelottamo will look to run the front runner down late to win her thirds stakes

Seven of the nine fillies entered in the 17th running of the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks have their confidences boosted by last-out wins, but none won more impressively than Serape.

Eight-for-eight in the money, Harry Benoit’s Serape made the most of her 3-year-old debut, leading from go to woe to win by 8 ½ lengths. In winning against two of her Crescent City Oaks foes in a second-level allowance, she recorded the highest Brisnet Speed Figure of the field with an 89. With the deja vu rail draw/Brian Hernandez Jr. advantage, arguably Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ top forward rider winning 24% of his last 202 races onboard an “E” type, there’s little doubt that Brett Brinkman’s daughter by Cinco Charlie will send and set the fractions. Tabbed the 5-2 morning line favorite, Serape’s three show finishes all came in her three previous juvenile stakes attempts.

Stakes-tested six times over, including the win in August’s Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies, Thompson Racing’s Wholelottamo beat Jerry Cart’s Miss Jana by a head last out in the Take Charge Brandi. But those two stakes wins plus her maiden opener isn’t enough to earn morning-line favorite status, being designated 3-1 morning line second-favorite, likely because her speed figures fall short of the speed Serape just flashed in her recent win. Tommy Pompell will have his second go aboard the Mo Tom filly breaking from post five.

The field for the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks (race 3 at 1:00 pm CST) with post position, jockey/trainer and morning line odds: Harry Benoit’s Serape (post one, Brian Hernandez Jr./Brett Brinkman, 5-2 ML), is two-for-two going two turns after winning a first-level allowance by 8 ½ lengths last out at Fair Grounds in February; Jerry Cart and Marion Lanasa Jr’s Courtly Doc (post two, Alexander Castillo/Jerry Cart, 12-1 ML), is six-for-six in the money after winning her last two Delta Downs sprints in the mud; the second entry for owner and trainer Jerry Cart, Miss Jana (post three, Jose Guerrero/Jerry Cart, 5-1 ML), was a head short of winner Wholelottamo in the Take Charge Brandi last out; Earl and Keith Hernandez, John Duvieilh, and Steve Landry’s Dreaming of Neany (post four, Marcelino Pedroza, Jr./Sam David Jr., 6-1 ML), recorded her second win going a mile against first-level allowance company last out; Thompson Racing’s Wholelottamo (post five, Tommy Pompell/Jayde Gelner, 3-1 ML), racked up her second stakes victory last out beating Miss Jana by a head in the Take Charge Brandi; Phyllis Hodges’ Bode’s Connection (post six, Emanuel Nieves/James Hodges, 15-1 ML), broke her maiden against $12,500 claimers last out going two turns in her sixth start; William Yarmuth, Susan Yarmuth, and Coteau Grove Farms’ Mishpachah (post seven, Adam Beschizza/Bret Calhoun, 8-1 ML), goes for her second win having won first time out in November and finishing in the top four her next three outings; Billy Lawson and Jeanne Doi’s My Nanny’s a Hoot (post eight, James Graham/Eric Scherer, 8-1 ML), has two turf wins to her resume, including a last-out score in a first-level allowance going a mile; Whispering Oaks Farms’ Buckley Bunny (post nine, Kevin Smith/Steve Flint, 10-1 ML), upset the apple cart winning the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie at 93.20-1 in December.

Bertie’s Galaxy and Alterna Look to Transfer Dirt Hot Streak to the Costa Rising Turf

Majority of connections taking a green stab with their state-bred sprinters

Many of the participants entered in the overflow field of fifteen 3-year-old and up LA-bred turf sprinters for the 12th running of the $75,000 Costa Rising can be similarly summed up in one phrase – unproven on turf. Such uncertainty creates exactly the type of potential chaos that Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ bettors love to feast on, as well as the identity-defining win on which a breeder can hang their sire and dam’s turf-sprint hat. Eight entrants are untried or goose-egged on the turf, five have notched one green win, leaving only two of the fifteen with a trio or more grass scores. With the portable rail down after being set at 8 feet or further since March 3rd, the inside part of the course will be fresh and ready for these sprinters’ rail runs.

They may be unproven on the turf, but many of these sprinters have been scorching hot on the dirt, none more so than Alterana. Owned and trained by Keith Charles, the 5-year-old by Alternation has won seven of his last eight since being claimed by Charles for $5,000 last June. The highlight of the run came two back winning the five furlong Ragin Cajun on Delta Downs Premier night. Gerald “G Money” Melancon, who won his 5,000th race in 2021, has been up for all but one of Alterana’s mounts while in Charles’ barn (post nine, 8-1 ML).

In similar fashion, Allen Cassedy’s Bertie’s Galaxy comes blazing into the Costa Rising having won five of his last seven for Fair Grounds’ leading trainer Ron Faucheux. Though all of these have come on the dirt, the Greeley’s Galaxy 6-year-old did score in one of his two turf tries, back in August of 2020. Breaking from post seven, Jareth Loveberry is up again on the 7-2 morning line favorite after guiding the open length wire-to-wire romp in the Premier Sprint at Delta Downs, where Bertie’s Galaxy received a 98 – the highest career Brisnet Speed Figure of anyone in the field.

Three of Valene Farms’ Classy John’s four wins are stakes victories, including last year’s Costa Rising. The Songandaprayer 6-year-old only boasts one win from nine turf tries, but he is grade 2 placed on turf, having run third in the Turf Sprint at Churchill last April the start after his Costa Rising score. Bred by Tom Curtis and Wayne Simpson, Classy John will make his fourth start from Sturges Ducoing’s barn and star-rider Brian Hernandez Jr. who was aboard for the 2021 Costa Rising victory over X Clown will guide 9-2 morning line second-favorite from post two.

The field for the $75,000 Costa Rising at 5 ½ furlongs on turf with the rails down (race 6 at 2:33 pm CT) with post position, jockey/trainer and morning line odds: Israel Flores Horses’ Custom Deelite (post one, Aubrie Green/Andrea Ali,  30-1 ML), took a major step forward last race, winning a second-level, five furlong dirt allowance at Delta Downs by four lengths; Valene Farms’ Classy John (post two, Brian Hernandez, Jr./Sturges Ducoing, 9-2 ML), finished ½ length short against X Clown in a February state-bred optional claimer at Fair Grounds; Set-Hut’s X Clown (post three, James Graham/Jerry Delhomme, 9-2 ML), beat several in the field last out in a February state-bred optional claimer at Fair Grounds; Allen Cassedy and Winalot Racing’s Half Again (post four, Florent Geroux/Ron Faucheux, 8-1 ML), has been sharp in the mornings but has not raced since September’s 4th place finish in a third-level allowance at Louisiana Downs; Brandon Hebert’s Double Barrel Man (post five, Joel Dominguez/Eduardo Ramirez, 15-1 ML), is a 12-time winning 9-year-old making his second start for trainer Ramirez, having won his last outing at Delta Downs against $20,000 claiming company; Dale White Sr.’s Smooth Colliery (post six, Casey Fusilier/Dale White, Sr., 20-1 ML), a 7-year-old looking for win number ten, but he is 0 for 7 on the turf; Allen Cassedy’s Bertie’s Galaxy (post seven, Jareth Loveberry/Ron Faucheux, 7-2 ML), has won five of his last seven races, including last out’s Premier Sprint stakes score on the Delta Downs dirt track, but is only one for two on turf; Larry and Katherine Menard’s A Song for Arch (post eight, Adam Beschizza/Brett Brinkman, 8-1 ML), a turf specialist who tops the filed with five turf sprint wins, including two-back at Fair Grounds over X Clown and Classy John; owned and trained by Keith Charles, Alterana (post nine, Gerald Melancon, 8-1 ML), has won five in a row including the Premier Ragin Cajun two back on the Delta Downs dirt track, but is 0 for 3 on the turf; World War IV Racing’s Hail State (post ten, Joe Stokes/Allen Landry, 12-1 ML), has performed well on the turf, winning and placing over the summer at Evangeline Downs in his only two attempts; owned and trained by Jonah Fuselier, Jake the Band Man (post eleven, Jose Riquelme, 15-1), adds blinkers going for his fourth turf sprint win after finishing third to X Clown and Classy John in a February state-bred optional claimer at Fair Grounds; Land G Racing Stable’s Yankee Seven (post twelve, Marcelino Pedroza Jr./Eduardo Ramirez, 8-1 ML), won his last outing sprinting on Sam Houston’s turf course against second-level allowance foes. Also eligibles include: Treanor MD’s Black Sword (post thirteen, Vicente Del-Cid/Ronnie Averett, 10-1 ML), makes his second turf start after winning Delta Downs optional claiming dirt contest last out; D.J. Stable, Cash is King and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Swot Analysis (post fourteen, Tyler Gaffalione/Mark Casse, 6-1 ML), took a major step forward winning a state-bred optional claiming dirt sprint at Fair Grounds by open lengths last out; Gulf Heaven Farms’ Slither (post fifteen, Emanuel Nieves/Ronnie Ward, 12-1 ML), looks to try turf for the first time after exiting a game place-finish to Black Sword in a February Delta Downs optional claiming dirt contest.

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LANGS DAY STORMS HOME IN FRONT TO WIN THE $150,000 LOUISIANA PREMIER DAY CHAMPIONSHIP AT DELTA DOWNS

– FREE LIKE A GIRL NOTCHES THIRD STAKES WIN OF THE SEASON IN THE STARLET –

Langs Day wins the 19th Running of the LA Bred Premier Championship Stakes. Coady Photography

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted its richest program of the season on Saturday afternoon as the 19th edition of Louisiana Premier Day took center stage. The 11-race program featured 10 stakes races and more than $900,000 in total purse money for Louisiana-bred horses.

 

The featured race of the day was the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Day Championship, which featured a full field of 10 competing at 1-1/16 miles. The race appeared to be wide open without Underpressure, as the winner of the last two editions of the event was not entered this time around. The morning line favorite and race-time chalk Langs Day did not disappoint, as the Lee Thomas trainee went from last-to-first while scoring his second stakes win of the meet.

 

“He’s a simple horse but a hard horse to ride,” said jockey Ty Kennedy. “You have to let him find himself but once he hits the three-eighths pole he does the rest and I just let the big guy roll. He always runs well at Delta Downs.”

 

Langs Day is known for his strong late kick, and on Saturday he used it well. After dropping back to last in the initial strides he began to pick up momentum racing into the second and final turn while pacesetters Magawildtime and Beauregard carved out fractional times of 23.85 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 48.37 for the half. When the field hit three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.54 it was Speaktomeoflove who had forged a narrow lead.

 

In the homestretch Speaktomeoflove looked to be in for a big payday but Langs Day had other ideas. The pair hooked up at the sixteenth pole and it was a war of wills before Langs Day got the upper hand late to record a half-length win over his tenacious rival. Jimi’s a Star finished well to be third, another 1-1/2 lengths behind the top pair.

 

Langs Day now has six wins from 17 career starts for owner Keith Plaisance. The winner’s prize of $90,000 on Saturday raised Langs Day’s bankroll to $277,040.

 

Bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock & Adcock’s Red River Farm, LLC, Langs Day is a 5-year-old chestnut gelding by New Year’s Day, out of the Langfuhr mare Langsyne.

 

Sent off at odds of 8-5, Langs Day paid $5.40 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Speaktomeoflove returned $4.80 to place and $3.60 to show. Jimi’s a Star was worth $4.60 to show.

 

Net a Bear scored her second stakes win of the season in the $125,000 Distaff on Louisiana Premier Day. The win came in dramatic fashion as jockey Tim Thornton had to angle out from the rail in the upper-stretch and rundown leaders Snowball and Fort Polk to get up just before the wire. The Allen Landry trainee also took the Magnolia Stakes at Delta Downs on October 29.

 

Net a Bear is now 10-for-30 during her career and has earned $523,870 after taking home $75,000 on Saturday afternoon for owners Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro.

 

Trainer Allen Landry did himself one better in the $100,000 Prince as he saddled the first and second-place finishers, Vodka Gimlet and Brian’s Iron Mike. The pair were far in front of the rest of the field at the wire with Vodka Gimlet winning the first stakes race of his career with jockey Thomas Pompell in the saddle. Vodka Gimlet is owned by Ellen Epstein.

 

The win by Vodka Gimlet put another $60,000 into his bankroll which now stands at $102,645. He is a 3-year-old gelding by Goldencents out of the Out of Place mare Shy Baby.

 

The $100,000 Starlet featured Free Like a Girl, who already had two stakes wins under her belt this season. The Chasey Deville Pomier trainee won the Louisiana Jewel in October before taking the My Trusty Cat just one month later. She most recently won a stakes race at Fair Grounds

before her appearance in the Starlet on Saturday where she took the lead early and never looked back under jockey Pedro Cotto, Jr.

 

Free Like a Girl notched her sixth win from just 11 career starts in the Starlet and raised her career bankroll to $341,473. The bay filly by El Deal is owned by Gerald Bruno, Jr., Carl J. Deville, Chasey Deville Pomier and Jerry Caroom. She was bred by former jockey Kim Stover and her sister Lisa Osborne.

 

Bertie’s Galaxy turned in a sharp performance to win this year’s $100,000 sprint under jockey Jareth Loveberry. The Ron Faucheux trainee broke sharp and lead every step of the way in the five-furlong dash for older horses. Bertie’s Galaxy has now won 10-of-23 career starts and earned another $60,000 on Saturday to raise his overall bankroll to $382,850. The son of Greeley’s Galaxy is owned by Allen Cassedy.

 

The $100,000 Matron featured graded stakes winner Cilla, who dazzled the fans with a romping victory in the five-furlong test for older fillies and mares. Cilla is owned by P. Dale Ladner and trained by Brett Brinkman. The daughter of California Chrome was ridden to victory by jockey Thomas Pompell. Cilla has now won seven of 14 starts and owns a bankroll of $476,000.

 

The $60,000 Gentlemen Starter was taken by Greeley’s Dealer. The Dale White, Sr. owned and trained 9-year-old gelding saved his best for last, coming up the rail to snare the win under jockey Jose Guerrero. Greeley’s Dealer has now won 15-of-55 starts during his career.

 

Longshot Girl Thirsty was victorious as a huge longshot in the $50,000 Ladies Starter. Overlooked at odds of 30-1, the Ronnie Ward trainee ran down race favorite Heart That Binds in the stretch to get the win under jockey Alexander Castillo. Girl Thirsty is owned by Claudio Solis.

 

This year’s $50,000 Bon Temps Starter was won by Sandy Badeaux’s Madison’s Place with jockey Joel Dominguez in the saddle. The Eduardo Ramirez trainee overhauled race favorite Wild Mallory in the stretch to record the ninth win of her 32-race career.

 

And finally, it was the Keith Charles owned and trained gelding Alterana who took the $50,000 Ragin Cajun Starter under jockey Gerard Melancon. Alterana has now won nine of 31 career starts and the score on Saturday afternoon extended his current winning streak to four races.

 

Delta Downs will conduct live racing for the next four weeks on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule until the meet comes to a close on March 5. First post time each day is at 12:55 pm.

 

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

 

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LOUISIANA LEGENDS NIGHT EXCITEMENT THRILLS FANS AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

CILLA BECOMES FIRST BLACK-TYPE WINNER FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME

 

OPELOUSAS, LA –Evangeline Downs hosted the annual celebration of the Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds with Louisiana Legends Night on Saturday.  The exciting card featured six stakes races, each with a purse of $70,000 highlighted the card.

 

Persistent rains throughout the week forced all the races to be run on the main track.  The Soiree was contested over a muddy track, but a downpour after that race left the card sloppy for the remaining races.

 

Cilla wins Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle. Coady Photography

The $70,000 Mademoiselle featured what may have been the most impressive performance of the evening as Cilla powered away to victory.  The 3-year-old Brett Brinkman trainee scratched out of the one-mile Soiree to face older fillies and mares in the Mademoiselle.  That decision proved fruitful with the sensational turn of foot produced on the far turn.  Traveling in mid-pack as Strong Beauty and Southern Beauty battled through fractions of 21.64 and 45.05, jockey Joel Dominguez sent Cilla up to challenge with a four-wide move at the top of the lane.  While racing six wide, Cilla stormed away from her rivals to win by 4-1/4 lengths, stopping the timer in 1:03.74.   Evangeline Downs Distaff winner Snowball rallied up the rail to finish second and Strong Beauty held on well for third.

 

Campaigned by P. Dale Ladner, and was bred by the partnership of Brinkman and Ladner.  Sired by California Chrome, she is out of the Into Mischief mare Sittin at the Bar.  The Mademoiselle victory was the second impressive win over a sloppy track, along with a win at Delaware Park last August.

 

Cilla returned $19.60 as the winner, $6.20 to place and $4.20 to show.  Snowball paid $4.20 to place and $2.60 to show.  Strong Beauty paid $4.40 to show.  With the $42,000 winner’s prize, Cilla pushed her career earnings to $143,500.

 

Winning Romance. Coady Photography.

The $70,000 Soiree, for 3-year-old fillies, was contested by a field of just four runners over the one-mile distance.  Winning Romance, trained by W. Bret Calhoun, broke alertly and traveled comfortably in tandem with Half Koo Koo for the first half-mile.  Jockey Diego Saenz asked his runner for more on the far turn, and she quickly responded.  Winning Romance’s lead widened throughout the lane with the winning margin an incredible 20-3/4 lengths.  Inawic, who tracked the leaders down the backside, finished second and Tecate Time was along for third.  The final time was a hand-timed 1:38.75.

 

Winning Romance, sired by First Samurai, and out of the Flatter mare Lipstick Junky, returned $2.60 to win and $2.10 to place.  Inawic returned $4.00 to place.  There was no show wagering in the short field.  The Allied Racing Stables, LLC (Chester Thomas) runner pushed her career earnings to $135,441.

 

Chu Chu’s Legacy. Coady Photography.

The $70,000 Cheval was contested in a torrential rainstorm that arrived shortly before post-time.  Chu Chu’s Legacy was quickly away in the one-mile affair, and was never headed, scoring a front-running six-length victory.  The winner owned and trained by Allen Landry is a son of Bind, out of the Johannesburg mare Bond’s Babe.  Jockey Joe Stokes urged his runner along in splits of 23.59, 47.41 and 1:12.36, before stopping the timer in 1:39.18 for the eight furlongs.

 

Runner-up Wise Verdict made a move inside of rivals on the turn to get in position turning for home, while third-place finisher Beauregard was well placed throughout, but unable to threaten the leader.

 

The winner returned $10.60 to win, $6.40 to place and $4.80 to show.  Wise Verdict rewarded backers with $9.60 to place and $6.00 to show.  Longshot Beauregard paid $13.80 to show.  Chu Chu’s Legacy ran his total earnings to $176,350 with the triumph.

 

Bertie’s Galaxy. Coady Photography

The $70,000 Sprint, over a distance of 5-1/2 furlongs, was a family affair as half-siblings Bertie’s Galaxy and Wild Bert battled from the start and finished one-two.  Both runners are out of the Wild Rush dam, Wild Bertie, with the winner being the younger brother and sired by Greeley’s Galaxy.

 

Wild Bert sped through early fractions of 21.86 and 45.04, with Bertie’s Galaxy in close attendance to the outside of the leader.  Moving to challenge on the far turn, jockey Diego Saenz swept up with the Ron Faucheux runner to take the lead approaching the quarter pole.  The pair steadily drew away through the lane to win by 3-1/4 lengths in a time of 1:03.53.  Wild Bertie was well clear as the runner-up, with Laughingsaintssong another 3-1/2 lengths back in third.

Bertie’s Galaxy’s pushed his career earnings to $225,750.  Owned by Allen Cassedy and trained by Ron Faucheux, Bertie’s Galaxy was sent off as the second choice at 2-1 and paid $6.00 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Wild Bert returned $7.20 to place and $4.60 to show.  Laughingsaintssong returned $5.00 to show.

 

 

Offspring. Coady Photography.

The $70,000 Turf Distaff was the second straight stakes victory for Offspring.  The 5-year-old mare by Into Mischief, out of the Pioneering mare Pioneer Gal, had previously won a stakes at the Fair Grounds.  Away in good order under jockey Roberto Morales, Offspring was allowed to settle off the moderate fractions being set by Distractor Factor, traveling just off the leader through splits of 25.06 and 49.68.  Saber Cut was up to put pressure on Distractor Factor as Offspring moved alongside, while Quikfast N Ahurry ranged up four-wide past 6-furlongs in 1:14.55.  As they straightened away, Offspring surged between rivals to poke her head in front at the top of the lane and fought off her rivals for a 1-3/4 length victory in 1:39.57.  Quikfast N Ahurry battled on for second, 1-1/4 lengths in front of favored Net a Bear in third.

 

Owned by Oak Tree Stable (Bennett E. Powel) and trained by Edward J. Johnston, Offspring rewarded backers with a win price of $7.80, $4.80 to place and $2.60 to show.  Quikfast N Ahurry paid $5.60 to place and $3.20 to show, with Net a Bear at $2.40 to show.  The career bankroll increased to $219,478 with the winning share of the purse.

 

Maga Man. Coady Photography.

The $70,000 Turf was the final stakes race of the night and was won in wire-to-wire fashion by Maga Man.  A quick start from the inside post allowed Maga Man, with jockey Kevin Smith, to set reasonable fractions of 48.17 for a half-mile and 1:12.74 for the six-furlong split.  With Grand Luwegee in close attendance throughout, Maga Man repelled that challenge at the top of the lane and held sway in the final yards to hold off a late rally up the rail from Jax Man in a time of 1:38.36.  The rider of Jax Man, Casey Fusilier, lodged an objection and the stewards also posted the inquiry sign regarding the final yards of the one-mile race.  After reviewing the videotapes, the stewards found there was insufficient evidence to change the order of finish.

 

The 6-year-old son of Musket Man, and out of the Pulling Punches mare Lew’s Gray, runs for the Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC of Carrol Castille.  Trained by Steven B. Flint, the winner returned $11.80 to win, $5.20 to place and $3.20 to show.  Runner-up Jax Man paid $6.20 to place and $2.80 to show.  Grand Luwegee paid $3.20 to show.  With the victory, Maga Man increased his career bankroll to $233,960.

 

For more information on racing at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website atwww.evdracing.com and on Twitter @evdracing.  Racing continues on a Wednesday thru Saturday schedule until the end of the meet on September 18.

 

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.