TREYS MIDNITE MOON SHINES BRIGHT IN $60,000 EVANGELINE DOWNS CLASSIC

JOCKEY TIM THORNTON SKIMS RAIL WITH BUNKY RICHARDS RUNNER FOR VICTORY

 

Treys Midnite Moon wins the Evangeline Downs Classic. Coady Photography.

 

OPELOUSAS, LA –A thrilling edition of the Evangeline Downs classic delighted a Saturday night crowd as Tim Thornton guided Snake Racing LLC’s Treys Midnite Moon to victory in the $60,000 feature.

 

Treys Midnite  Moon broke alertly in the one-mile test for older Louisiana-breds.  Settling into a perfect stalking trip, the Corale ‘Bunky’ Richards runner tracked a quartet of runners, while in good striking position.  Grand Luwegee, Pound for Pound, Jax Man and Maga Man lined up four across the track in an opening quarter-mile of 24.04 and a half mile in 47.94.  Treys Midnite Moon continued to save ground throughout and remained in contention as the field went through six furlongs in 1:12.01.

 

Thornton urged Treys Midnite Moon through a narrow opening on the rail inside the furlong marker and finished strongly to outrun Pound for Pound by a half-length.  Mageez ran on from far back to finish third.  The final running time for the mile distance over the fast track was 1:37.12.

 

The win by Treys Midnite Moon was the 14th of his outstanding 44-race career.  The winner’s share of $36,000 pushed his career earnings to $340,585.

 

A 6-year-old gelding, Treys Midnite Moon was bred in Louisiana by David Thomas Rogers.  The dark bay or brown gelding is by Neko Bay, out of the Street Cry (IRE) mare Peace Street.

 

Sent off as the fourth choice at 6-1, Treys Midnite Moon returned $14 to win, $4.80 to place  and $3.80 to show.  Favored Pound for Pound returned $2.40 to place and $2.40 to show.  Longshot Mageez paid $10.40 to show.

 

Evangeline Downs begins the fourth week of live racing on Wednesday at 5:50pm. 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.

UNDERPRESSURE RALLIES TO TAKE THE EVANGELINE DOWNS CLASSIC

HORSE GETS THIRD STAKES WIN IN THE LAST FIVE STARTS

 

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Underpressure wins the 2019 Evangeline Downs Classic. Coady Photography

Evangeline Downs Classic Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 4-27-19, 8 furlongs
4-Year-Olds and Upwards, $75,000

UNDERPRESSURE
Birdstone–Charming Colleen
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

Just Stormin
Freud–Crypto Cream
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Craig Drago
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Kerwin D. Clark

Mageez
Musket Man–Spaseeba
Breeder: James A. Mcgehee Jr.
Owner: Double Dam Farm LLC
Trainer: Delmar R. Caldwell
Jockey: Roberto Morales

OPELOUSAS, LA – It wasn’t the easiest of victories in the $75,000 Evangeline Downs Classic for Underpressure on Saturday night. He had to survive both a stewards’ inquiry and a rider’s objection for possible interference in deep stretch, but once both claims were disallowed, then the pressure was truly off. The 5-year-old horse had rallied to pass a game pacesetter in Just Stormin and score a victory by 1-1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:38.39 for one mile over the fast track.

Just Stormin was hustled to the lead off the break and maintained that advantage through moderate early fractions of 24.77 seconds for the quarter-mile and 49.40 for the half. Underpressure was languishing in mid-pack until the field entered the far turn and made an aggressive run into contention that had him on even terms with Just Stormin until taking the lead around the eighth pole. Underpressure then moved down toward the rail, causing Just Stormin to steady in deep stretch, but this action was considered inconsequential to the outcome and the result was allowed to stand.

Underpressure was sent off at 4-1 by the betting public and returned $10.40 to win, $5.40 to place and $3.60 to show. Just Stormin paid $10.80 to place and $7 to show, while Mageez returned $4.20 to show.

Underpressure was bred in Louisiana by James McIngvale. He is owned by Mallory Greiner, trained by Chris Richard and was ridden to victory by Gerard Melancon. Underpressure is by 2004 Belmont Stakes winner, Birdstone, and is out of the Charismatic mare, Charming Colleen. He has now won ten of 29 starts in his career and the $45,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $550,632.

Live racing at Evangeline Downs will resume on Wednesday night with a nine-race program. Post time on Wednesday will be 5:50 pm Central Time.

For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website atwww.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.