VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted a pair of $100,000 stakes races on Friday night. The Delta Mile featured of field of nine 3-year-olds and up competing at eight furlongs and the Treasure Chest was a one-mile test for fillies and mares, also for 3-year-olds and up.
The Delta Mile showcased the talents of Set Hut LLC’s Touchuponastar, who was challenged early by Five Star General. The pair hooked up in a spirited speed dual while setting snappy fractional times of 22.88 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 46.33 for the half mile, and 1:11.17 for three quarters. As the field hit the top of the homestretch, Five Star General gave way as Touchuponastar began to open a lead inside the sixteenth pole, but it wasn’t over yet.
In the final strides Miles D, under leading jockey Vicente Del Cid, rallied stoutly and took aim at Touchuponastar and his pilot Tim Thornton. But it wasn’t to be as the rally came up ¾ of a length short under the wire. Five Star General held onto third, another ¾ of a length behind the runner-up. The final time for the Delta Mile was 1:38.19, which was accomplished over a fast racetrack.
The win by Touchuponastar, who is conditioned by Jeff Delhomme, was his second of the season as he also scored a win in the $100,000 Gold Cup on opening weekend. Overall, the bay runner has won nine of 12 career starts and has earned $528,100 after taking home the $60,000 first place prize on Friday night. Most of his bankroll has been earned while facing Louisiana-bred horses but the Delta Mile was an open-bred stakes event.
Bred in Louisiana by Coteau Grove Farms, Touchuponastar is a 4-year-old gelding by Star Guitar, out of the Lion Heart mare Touch Magic. He was purchased at sale for just $15,000 as a yearling in Texas.
Sent off as the heavy favorite by the betting public, Touchuponastar paid $2.60 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Miles D was worth $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Five Star General returned $3 to show.
Just like the Delta Mile, the Treasure Chest was won by an odds-on favorite. Jerry Caroom’s Adaline Julia won the race under jockey Harry Hernandez while make her route debut for trainer Robertino Diodoro.
The Treasure Chest field was narrowed to five horses after the scratching of Fannie and Freddie. At the break Yuki went to the front and challenged Adaline Julia for the pace setting duties as the pair traveled the opening quarter mile in 23.72 seconds. As they approached the half-mile mark of the race Yuki began to back up and would eventually finish a distant last.
Meanwhile, Adaline Julia recorded a half-mile split time of 48.09 before she was joined on the lead by Tiz a Macho Girl. That pair ran together through ¾ of a mile in 1:12.54 before hitting the top of the homestretch. In the lane Adaline Julia was put to the test but prevailed over Tiz a Macho Girl in a time of 1:39.36. Tiz a Macho Girl hit the finish line a neck behind the winner while Clay’s Moon Stone was another 3-1/2 lengths back in third.
The win was the fifth of Adaline Julia’s nine-race career and her second in stakes company. She earned $60,000 for the effort and now has a bankroll of $360,135.
Adaline Julia is a 4-year-old bay filly by Oxbow, out of the Orientate mare Daedal. She was bred in Kentucky by Ikhana Farm.
– NONEYA UPSETS FREE LIKE A GIRL TO WIN THE $100,000 MAGNOLIA STAKES –
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs opened the 2023-24 Thoroughbred race season on Friday night with a nine-race program that featured a pair of $100,000 stakes races. Fans were treated to the Gold Cup and the Magnolia Stakes. Both events were for Louisiana-bred runners going seven furlongs. The Magnolia featured fillies and mares.
The Gold Cup featured heavily favored Touchuponastar, who was gunning for third win in as many starts at Delta Downs. His last appearance in Vinton resulted in a rousing victory in the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship back in February.
Touchuponastar did not disappoint by coming through with a 5 ½-length victory and it could have been even more. After breaking sharply under jockey Tim Thornton, the eventual winner cruised to an easy lead and carved out fractional times of 23.75 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.61 for the half-mile. As the field of eight made the turn for home Thornton shook the reins and his mount responded, going on to a dominant win over Big Chopper while Autumns Strong Man finished another 3-3/4 lengths behind the runner-up.
The final time for Touchuponastar, who is trained by Jeff Delhomme, was 1:24.64. Each race on the program was contest over a fast track and with near perfect weather conditions.
Touchuponastar has now won eight of 11 career starts and has banked a total of $468,100 for his owner, Set-Hut LLC (Jake Delhomme). His win in the Gold Cup was worth $60,000.
Bred in Louisiana by Coteau Grove Farms, Touchuponastar is a 4-year-old bay gelding by Star Guitar, out of the Quiet American mare Touch Magic.
Leaving the starting gate at odds of 1-5, Touchuponastar paid $2.60 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Big Chopper returned $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Longshot Autumns Strong Man was worth $11 to show.
All eyes were on Free Like a Girl in the $100,000 Magnolia Stakes as the 4-year-old filly was attempting to the race for the second year in a row and become a millionaire at the same time. But it wasn’t to be as Noneya pulled the upset under jockey Vicente Del Cid, who was riding for owner/trainer Ronnie Ward. Free Like a Girl made a late bid but came up short finishing third behind the winner and Norah G who wound up second.
As the seven-furlong race for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares began it was Norah G who showed early speed by setting fractional times of 23.71 seconds for the quarter mile and 48.21 for the half. Meanwhile, Noneya sat patiently off the leader while stalking the pace before digging in for a sustained rally turning for home.
At the wire Noneya was 2-1/4 lengths clear of Norah G while Free Like a girl was another ¾ of a length behind in third. The winner covered the distance in 1:25.97.
Noneya has now won six-of-18 career starts. Her $60,000 winner’s share in the Magnolia raised her lifetime bankroll to $202,340.
Bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock & Hume Warnall, Noneya is a 5-year-old mare by Palace, out of the Quiet American mare American Placed.
Dispatched at odds of 6-1, Noneya paid $15 to win, $5.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Norah G was worth $4.80 to place and $2.80 to show. Free Like a Girl, who went off heavily favored at even money, returned $2.10 to show.
For more information about racing at Delta Downs this season, including a detailed schedule and stakes dates, visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information throughout the season with our social media accounts. The Facebook page is found at ‘Delta Downs Racing’, and the track’s Twitter (X) handle is @deltaracing.
Amerman Racing’s Tumbarumba thundered down the center of the Ellis Park track to score his first stakes victory in the Aug. 13 $250,000 Ellis Park Derby.
Tumbarumba was ridden to victory by Rafael Bejarano for trainer Brian Lynch. Tumbarumba covered the one-mile distance in 1:36.02.
The field of eight 3-year-olds broke well in the Ellis Park Derby as longshot Olazabal was hustled to the early lead under jockey Alex Achard. Tumbarumba broke from the rail but Bejarano moved the Louisiana-bred in the two-path and settled in fourth. Following a strong half-mile in :46.33, Olazabal began to tire as Transect and Blue Light dueled on the lead. At the quarter-pole, Bejarano tipped Tumbarumba to the four-path outside Transect and the closing Loyal Company as he began to show his best stride. Inside the eighth pole, Tumbarumba was able to gain the lead over the battling rivals and pulled clear late for a three-quarters of a length victory.
Tumbarumba’s record now stands at a solid 4-1-1 from nine starts with purse earnings of $254,870. The son of the former Lynch-trained Oscar Performance was bred in Louisiana by Coteau Grove Farms.
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Saturday • July 8 • Mojo’s
Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino
We are presenting the Louisiana Stallion Stakes at Evangeline Downs and hosting a fundraiser for the Racing Employees Assistance Program (REAP). The Coteau Grove Project is a band that provides tight, lively music, great vocals and mesmerizing harmonies and is unique in its mission of supporting nonprofit organizations.
The Mission of REAP (Racing Employees Assistance Program) is to provide relief to those of the licensed member of the Evangeline Downs Racing Community and member of their families. Such relief will include, but not be limited to, financial assistance for medical care, food, housing, clothing and education, and services, such as counseling, care, emergency transportation, recreational activities and job placement and training. We also support the Great Works of our Chaplain Dwight Brown.
We invite you to participate again with us in servicing those in our industry that need our help. We also ask that you help us spread the news of this REAP event. The July 8 event is at Mojo’s at Evangeline Downs.
We have one level of Signature Sponsorships for $1,000 and individual tickets for $25. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Coteau Grove Farms was founded in 2008 by Keith and Ginger Myers. The Myers have a love of horses and established their thoroughbred breeding operation when they purchased eight broodmares in November of 2008. Their objective is to become a top quality breeder of Louisiana bred racehorses to compete in Louisiana and nationally.
From the beginning, the Myers plan was to build their brand through racing while selectively culling and acquiring mares to build a high quality broodmare brand. A decade after its inception, the Myers’ enthusiasm with Coteau Grove Farms remains as strong as ever.
Coteau Grove Farms is staffed with top personnel that breed, foal, and raise our young horses. When you visit, you will notice that each one of the horses has been handled professionally and that they each have their own personalities. The mares, foals and youngsters have individual care and are given all that they need to stay in maximum condition.
Join us for an exclusive fundraiser in partnership with Louisiana Stallion Stakes on July 8 in Mojos at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino!
JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF MUSIC, FUN, DANCING, LOUISIANA BRED RACING AND SUPPORT THE RACING EMPLOYEES ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (REAP)
REAP is excited to announce our upcoming fundraiser in partnership with Louisiana Stallion Stakes! This exclusive event will take place on Saturday, July 8, 2023. The Stallion Stakes is sponsored by Coteau Grove Farms featuring Louisiana accredited three-year-old and up colts & geldings restricted to horses that were sired by a stallion domiciled in Louisiana. This is also the same evening for the D.S. Shine Young Futurity featuring Louisiana accredited two-year-old colts and geldings.
We invite you to join us for an unforgettable day of horse racing, while also supporting our cause to raise funds for our organization. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting our mission to make a positive impact in our community. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to support a great cause and enjoy a day at the races!
BIG FAMILY NIGHT CROWD ON HAND FOR MARQUEE NIGHT OF RACING
OPELOUSAS, LA –Evangeline Downs hosted the annual celebration of the Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds with an exciting Louisiana Legends Night card on Saturday. The card featured six stake races each worth $100,000 for state-bred runners and were contested over courses rated fast and firm.
Evangeline Downs honored some past Louisiana Legends throughout the evening. Race fans were asked to nominate their own legends on Facebook. Merrill Scherer, Ray Sibille, Ron Ardoin, Doris Hebert, Buster Leger and Harold Delahoussaye were the top nominees by the fans and were recognized during the card.
FREE LIKE A GIRL STAYS UNBEATEN AT EVANGELINE DOWNS IN MADEMOISELLE VICTORY
Free Like a Girl again showed her fondness for the local racing strip in her Mademoiselle win. With Jockey Tim Thornton aboard, Free Like a Girl was in midpack running down the backstretch as Wupkar and Beleout sped through early fractions of 22.50 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and a half-mile split in 46.22. Moved outside to produce a four-wide bid, Free Like a Girl was able to collar the leaders nearing the furlong pole and pulled forward in the final 100 yards. The winning margin was 1-3/4 lengths at the wire, with Beleout second and First I’ve Seen another 1-1/4 lengths back in third. The Chasey Deville Pomier trainee moves to a perfect five for five over the local strip. The final time for the 5-1/2 furlongs was 1:05.17.
Bred by Kim Renee Stover and Lisa Osborne, the 4-year-old bay filly was sired by El Deal and is out of the Flashy Bull mare Flashy Prize. Owned by the partnership of Gerald Bruno, Jr., Carl Deville, Chasey Deville Pomier and Jerry Caroom, she wins for the thirteenth time in 27 starts and earns $60,000. Her career bankroll now stands at $930,378.
Free Like a Girl returned $3.80 to win as the wagering favorite, $3 to place and $2.10 to show. Beleout paid $7.60 to place, $6 to show and First I’ve Seen paid $4.40 to show.
CHEAPSKATE DIVA PREVAILS IN TURF DISTAFF
Keith Plaisance’s Cheapskate Diva made a sharp bid for the lead turning for home and held off favored A G’s Charlotte to capture the Turf Distaff. Away in good order under jockey Carlos Marquez, Cheapskate Diva tracked the early lead of Eve’s Delight through fractions of 24.08 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.43 seconds for the half-mile. Cheapskate Diva made a move to take the lead at the top of the stretch and remained clear in the run to the wire to win by 2-1/2 lengths. A G’s Charlotte made a mild bid without threatening the winner and won a photo for second by a nose over a late closing Wholelottamo. The winner stopped the clock in a time of 1:35.80 for the mile distance.
The Joseph Felks trained runner is a 5-year-old bay mare sired by Animal Kingdom and is out of the Candy Ride (ARG) mare Beautiful Liar. Bred by the owner, Cheapskate Diva wins for the fifth time from 15 career starts. Earning $60,000 in the victory, her career bankroll increases to $176,640.
Cheapskate Diva returned $11.40 to win, $4.80 to place and $2.80 to show. A G’s Charlotte returned $2.80 to place, $2.20 to show and Wholelottamo paid $2.40 to show.
ALLNIGHT MOONLIGHT GETS NECK VICTORY OVER MANGUM IN CHEVAL STAKES
Roger Smith’s Allnight Moonlight dug in late to win a spirited stretch battle over Mangum in the Cheval. With Tim Thornton in the irons, Allnight Moonlight broke smoothly but was caught with a wide trip through the clubhouse turn as Calibrachoa Kid set the pace with Macho Beanie and Clear as a Bele the closest pursuers. Mangum made a bid to take the lead at the top of the stretch, as Allnight Moonlight ranged up while still covering extra ground. The pair squared off and battled to the wire with Allnight Moonlight winning by a neck. It was a big gap of ten lengths back to The Boss Soss in third. The running time for the mile was 1:39.59.
Bred by Coteau Grove Farms LLC and trained by David Terre, the winner is a 3-year-old colt sired by Ransom the Moon and out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Gingertini. A winner for the fourth time from eight career starts, the $60,000 winner’s share pushes his career bankroll to $229,000.
Allnight Moonlight rewarded his backers with a $6 win price, $4.80 to place and $3.60 to show. Mangum paid $6.80 to place, $5.20 to show and The Boss Soss returned $6 to show.
LOUISIANA LIBERTY TAKES SOIREE STAKES IN DRAMATIC FASHION
Jockey Gerard Melancon and Louisiana Liberty sustained a wide rally in a last to first move to capture the Soiree. The early fractions were steady as Highly Wicked set the pace with New Destiny and Sixth Anniversary close behind through an opening quarter mile in 24.08 seconds and a half-mile in 48.38 seconds. Louisiana Liberty was wide down the backside at the tail of the field and began to make some headway with a bid entering the far turn, as favored Star Moment also moved into contention. The duo moved in tandem to battle for the lead inside the final furlong, with Louisiana Liberty edging clear in the final yards to win by a half-length. It was another 1-3/4 lengths back to Highly Wicked holding on for the show spot. The final time for the mile was 1:40.79.
Bred by Coteau Grove Farms LLC and owned by Whispering Oaks Farm LLC (Carrol Castille), Louisiana Liberty is a 3-year-old filly sired by Cloud Computing. She is out of the Pleasant Tap mare Pleasantly Blessed. Winning for only the second time in 11 career starts, her career bankroll increases to $135,230.
Louisiana Liberty, trained by Steven Flint, paid $23.20 to win, $6.80 to place and $4 to show. Star Moment returned $2.60 to place, $2.20 to show and Highly Wicked paid $4.60 to show.
WOODS N WATER VICTORIOUS IN TURF STAKES
Jockey Tommy Pompell sent Woods N Water through a narrow opening on the far turn to battle for the lead and edged clear to win the Turf. Always in close attendance to the early pace being set by Carlea’s Dream, Woods N Water was caught in some traffic as longshot Double on the Red made a bid nearest the rail entering the far turn. As the field approached the top of the stretch, Woods N Water kicked into another gear and burst through the pack to take the lead. The Lee Thomas trainee pulled away to win by 1-1/2 lengths in the end, with late closing Budro Talking running second and Deer Crossing another length back in third. The running time for the mile and a sixteenth on the turf was hand timed in 1:42.28.
Owned by Richard Painter and Dewberry Farm (John Kent III), the winner was sired by Palace and is out of the First Samurai mare Said and Done. Bred by Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc. and Richard Painter, Woods N Water is a 4-year-old bay gelding. A winner for the sixth time in 17 starts, his career bankroll increases to $186,255.
Woods N Water returned $5.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Budro Talking paid $4.40 to place, $3.40 to show and Deer Crossing paid $3.80 to show.
DEL-CID PILOTS BLACK SWORD TO SPRINT VICTORY
Black Sword captured his second stakes win of the season in the Sprint. Jockey Vicente Del-Cid was able to work out a trip similar to his triumph in the King Creole last month with a sharp start. Sitting just off the early fractions of 22.27 and 46.15 being set by Grunt, Black Sword ranged up to take the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled away to a convincing two-length margin over Big Chopper. Grunt held on well to finish third just a nose better than Mike J. The final time for the 5-1/2 furlongs was 1:04.84.
Trained by Ronnie Averett and owned by Treanor MD LLC (Leonard Treanor, MD), Black Sword is a 6-year-old dark bay or brown gelding. Bred by Margie Averett, he was sired by Awesome Sword and is out of the Devil His Due mare Black Mariah. A winner for the eighth time from 25 starts, his career bankroll increases to $274,705.
Black Sword returned $6.40 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Big Chopper paid $4.80 to place, $3.40 to show and Grunt paid $6.80 to show.
For more information on racing at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website atwww.evdracing.com and on Twitter @evdracing. Live racing resumes Thursday with a 5:30pm Central first post. The racing calendar for the remainder of the 2023 season is Thursday through Saturday schedule until the end of the meet on August 12.
Louisiana Bred Touchuponastar, (Star Guitar-Touch Magic, by Lion Heart), became the fourth Star Guitar progeny to add Graded Stakes placing credentials to his name when he finished second in the Grade III Steve Sexton Mile at Lone Star Park on Memorial Day.
Touchuponastar broke from the far outside and hustled to get position out of the gate. Vying for the lead in the run down the backstretch Touchuponastar took the lead turning for home but could not resist the closing rush of the winner Frosted Grace. Earning a 110 Equibase Speed Figure for his effort Touchuponastar has now earned $408,100 having never been worse than third in ten career efforts.
Touchuponastar is owned by the Set-Hut LLC stable of Jake Delhomme, is trained by Jeff Delhomme and was bred by Coteau Grove Farms of Ginger and Keith Myers.
TOUCHUPONASTAR DAZZLES IN THE $60,000 EVANGELINE CLASSIC
OPELOUSAS, LA – Touchuponastar was brilliant once again with an impressive score in the $60,000 EVD Classic on Saturday night. The race for 3-year-olds and upward was one of three stake races for Louisiana-bred runners on the Derby night card.
Away in good order under jockey Tim Thornton, Touchuponastar was allowed to settle into stride as Calculated sprinted to the lead. The early fractions were solid with an opening quarter-mile in 23.62 seconds and a half-mile in 47.21. As the field headed towards the far turn, it wasn’t a question of who was going to win, but by how wide of a margin. Touchuponastar steadily increased his lead on the turn while Highland Creek and Double Star chased the leader.
With six furlongs covered in 1:12.07, the Jeff Delhomme-trained Touchuponastar spurted away and widened the margin in the run to the wire. The winning margin was a convincing 9-1/4 lengths in the end, with Double Star second and Highland Creek another 1-3/4 lengths back in third. The finishing time for the mile distance was 1:37.87 over a track rated fast for the evening.
Owned by Set Hut LLC (Jake Delhomme), Touchuponastar is a winner for the seventh time in nine career starts. The winning share of $36,000 increased his lifetime earnings to $334,100.
The 4-year-old bay gelding was bred by Coteau Grove Farms and was sired by Star Guitar. He is out of the Lion Heart mare Touch Magic.
Heavily favored in the wagering, Touchuponastar returned $2.60 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Double Star paid $16.60 to place, $13.40 to show and Highland Creek paid $2.80 to show.
LONGSHOT MACHO BEANIE EDGES ALLNIGHT MOONLIGHT TO WIN RAGIN CAJUN
Macho Beanie made a bold bid on the far turn and pulled off a mild upset winning the $60,000 Ragin Cajun. A new addition to the stake calendar for 3-year-olds, the Ragin Cajun was narrowed down to a three-horse field after scratches.
Macho Beanie and jockey C.J. McMahon were last as the trio moved down the backside with Allnight Moonlight and Late September disputing the early lead. The Scott Gelner trainee made a bold bid outside of rivals midway on the turn and the three runners were separated by less than a length at the top of the stretch.
As they straightened away, Macho Beanie edged forward to challenge Allnight Moonlight as Late September backed out of the battle. Inside the final furlong Macho Beanie began to edge clear and hit the wire a neck to the good of Allnight Moonlight. It was 7-3/4 lengths back to Late September. The running time for the seven furlongs was hand timed in 1:23.50.
Owned by Oak Tree Stables LLC (Bennett Powell), Macho Beanie wins for the second time in four starts. The first stakes victory was worth $36,000 and increases his career bankroll to $94,000.
The 3-year-old bay colt was bred by Oak Tree Stables LLC,. Sired by Mucho Macho Man, he is out of the My Pal Charlie mare My Pal Beanie.
Macho Beanie went off as the longest odds in the short field and returned $8.40 to win and $3 to place. Allnight Moonlight returned $2.20 to place. No show wagering was offered on the Ragin Cajun.
BLACK SWORD TAKES FIRST RUNNING OF KING CREOLE
Black Sword proved best in the inaugural running of the $60,000 King Creole under jockey Vicente Del-Cid. Away in good order, Black Sword settled in mid-pack as Bertie’s Galaxy and X Clown battled for the lead through an opening quarter-mile in 23.10 seconds and a half-mile in 46.35.
Black Sword made a four-wide bid at the top of the stretch and wrestled the lead away from a stubborn X Clown nearing the furlong pole. The Ronnie Averett runner pulled away from the field in the final yards and was four lengths clear at the wire. X Clown battled on for second, one length better than a late closing Big Chopper. The final time for the 5-1/2 furlongs for the field of 3-year-olds and upward was 1:04.30.
Owned by Treanor MD LLC (Leonard Treanor, MD), Black Sword is a winner for the seventh time from 24 career starts. The winning purse of $36,000 increases his lifetime earnings to $214,705.
Bred by Margie Averett, Black Sword is a 6-year-old dark bay or brown gelding. Sired by Awesome Sword, he is out of the Devil His Due mare Black Mariah.
Black Sword paid $6 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.40 to show. X Clown returned $6.60 to place, $3.40 to show and Big Chopper paid $2.40 to show.
Live racing resumes on Wednesday with a 5:30pm first post. The Evangeline Downs Thoroughbred season runs until August 12.