Double Barrel Man Takes LA Bred Premier Night Sprint S.

LA Bred Premier Night Sprint S.
Delta Downs, 2-8-20, 5 furlongs
Four-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds, $100,000

DOUBLE BARREL MAN - La Bred Premier Night Sprint - 02-08-20 - R08 - DED - Finish
Double Barrel Man takes LA Bred Premier Night Sprint S. Coady Photography

Musket Man – Double Points Day
Breeder: Michele Rodriguez
Owner: GK Racing LLC
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: P. Ramirez

Bending Saint
Saint Afleet-Bending Grass
Breeder: Daniel Chicola
Owner: Craig Drago
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: T. Thornton

Songandaprayer-Laughing Saint
Breeder: J.E. Jumonville Jr.  and Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

Evangeline Downs Gate Crew (1971-84) Hold Reunion

The Gate Crew
By Charlotte Stemmans Clavier

evd starters
Seated – Phil Domingue, Melvin Clause, Bill Boudreaux, Alvin Reaux, Mike Creduer. Standing – Joseph “June” Rideaux, Dr. Paul Resweber, Greg Domingue, Richard “Fats” Huval, Russell Comeaux, Don Stemmans, Jerry Griffith, Karlon “Tippy” LeBlanc, Ron Keddy, Darrel Clavelle, Gary Deville, Francis Comeaux

The Starter, the track official that presses the button to start each race, and his Crew assures the safety of both rider and steed for the start of each race. The start of each race is a very dangerous place, but with the Guidance of the Starter and his Crew a calamity at the beginning of the race is unusual.

It seems that everything in South Louisiana is unique. The “Gate Crew” at Evangeline Downs is no exception. With most horse race tracks in the country the “Gate Crew” changes regularly. Evangeline Downs in Carencro La opened in 1966 has only had three Starters to present. The first Starter was Preacher Harold. In 1971 he moved his skills to Jefferson Downs and Don Stemmans became starter. Stemmans was starter from 1971 to 1984, at which time Russell Comeaux took over the duties as Starter. Russell Comeaux made the move to Opelousas with the track and remains in that position today.

Recently the Old Gate Crew of Evangeline Downs from 1971 to 1984 had a reunion. These are True Horsemen.