SATURDAY NIGHT IS LOUISIANA LEGENDS NIGHT AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

EIGHT LOUISIANA-BRED STAKES RACES WITH PURSES TOTALLING $550,000

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – The best Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds will be in the spotlight at Evangeline Downs this Saturday night for Louisiana Legends Night. The annual celebration will be a 10-race program with the first post time set for 5:50 pm Central Time.

There will be eight stakes races on the card and Evangeline Downs bettors will surely be focused on the $50,000 All-Stakes Pick Four, which will cover races four through seven on the program. The races in the sequence will be the $75,000 Soiree for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on the main track, the $50,000 Distaff Starter for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs on the main track, the $75,000 Cheval for 3-year-olds at one mile on the main track, and the $75,000 Turf Distaff for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up at one mile on the turf.

The Turf Distaff features 3-1 morning-line favorite, Special Blessing, who has already scored a stakes victory this season in the $75,000 Evangeline Downs Distaff on April 26. Special Blessing is not the only previous stakes winner this season returning for Legends Night. Fortune Got Even won the $75,000 Equine Sales Oaks on May 3 and is 7-2 in the Soiree and Power Jet took the $75,000 Equine Sales Derby on May 4 and is 9-2 in the Cheval.

In addition to the exciting racing action, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to eligible registered college students following the fifth race on Saturday night. Students must be present to win and have their college identification and photo identification with them, be enrolled in college full-time for Fall 2019, and be in good standing with their college or university. For more information on the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, visit www.louisianabred.com.

Here are the eight stakes races that comprise Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs:

 

Race 2- $75,000 Mademoiselle- 3-year-olds and up Fillies & Mares- 5 ½ Furlongs

Race 4- $75,000 Soiree- 3-year-old Fillies- 1 Mile

Race 5- $50,000 Distaff Starter- 3-year-olds and up Fillies & Mares- 7 Furlongs

Race 6- $75,000 Cheval- 3-year-olds- 1 Mile

Race 7- $75,000 Turf Distaff- 3-year-olds and up Fillies & Mares- 1 Mile (TURF)

Race 8- $75,000 Sprint- 3-year-olds and up- 5 ½ Furlongs

Race 9- $75,000 Turf- 3-year-olds and up- 1 1/16 Miles (TURF)

Race 10- $50,000 Starter- 3-year-olds and up- 1 1/16 Miles

 

Evangeline Downs is currently conducting the 2019 Thoroughbred season with racing on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through Saturday, August 24. Post time each live racing night is 5:50 pm Central Time.

 

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

 

 

About Evangeline Downs

Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel is owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation, a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Boyd Gaming press releases are available at www.prnewswire.com.  Additional news and information can be found at www.boydgaming.com, or www.evangelinedowns.com.

 

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Two Scholarships to be Awarded at Louisiana Legends Night

OPELOUSAS, La. – Louisiana Legends Night will take place on Saturday, May 25, at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel in Opelousas, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award a total of two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.
The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2019.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win at the Winner’s Circle when the announcement is made.
  • Must have college ID and government-issued ID.
For Louisiana Legends Night:
  • Registration: 4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. at the designated booth
  • Races begin: 5:50 p.m.
  • Drawing Time: The scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race. The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.
“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in our students and the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “This type of investment is for our future, the state, as well as the organization. Our hope is that these scholarships get the younger generations invested in LTBA so that our organization stays the top breeding incentive program in the United States.”
Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association manages the best incentive program for breeding thoroughbreds in the United States. Since the organization formed, this has led to increased purses, better quality horses, and increased interest in racing and breeding horses. The thoroughbred racing and breeding industry generates over $1 billion and employs over 60,000 people in the state of Louisiana.
For more information about Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association visit louisianabred.com or call (504) 947-4676.
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FORTUNE GOT EVEN WINS THE EQUINE SALES OAKS AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

FILLY SCORES HER FIRST CAREER STAKES VICTORY

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Fortune Got Even wins the 2019 Equine Sales Oaks. Coady Photography.

 

Equine Sales Oaks
Evangeline Downs, 5-3-19, 1 mile
3-Year-Old Fillies, $75,000

FORTUNE GOT EVEN
Stephen Got Even – Fortune in Gold
Breeder: Wendell A. Templet
Owner: Ricky Courville
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

2nd
Snowball
Apriority–Inner Peace
Breeder: 4M Ranch
Owner: Tin Roof Farms LLC
Trainer: Samuel Breaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
Flat Out Flirty
Flat Out–Flirty Fitz, by Seattle Fitz (ARG)
Breeder: Darlene Wahman & Jeff Wahman (KY)
Owner: DW2 Equine, LLC
Trainer: Ronnie P. Ward
Jockey: Alexander Castillo

OPELOUSAS, LA – The $75,000 Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs was won by Fortune Got Even, which continued a steady streak of strong performances for her when Ashley Broussard is given the riding assignment. When Broussard is aboard the 3-year-old filly, she has now recorded two wins and two seconds. This victory came by just a neck over Snowball, who challenged her all the way through the stretch. The final time was 1:40.31 for a mile over the fast track.

The early fractions were set by Cohenscollegefund, who took the lead out of the gate and held control through a quarter-mile of 24.22 seconds and a half of 48.77. Meanwhile, Fortune Got Even was sitting in sixth and it was once the field reached the far turn and Broussard swung her four-wide that she made an aggressive run to the lead. She held on through the lane, repelling Snowball to win by a neck. It was 7-3/4 lengths back to a photo for third, which Flat Out Flirty won over Sweet Amelia.

Fortune Got Even was sent off at 5-2 by the betting public and returned $7 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Snowball paid $5.20 to place and $3.40 to show, while Flat Out Flirty returned $5 to show.

Fortune Got Even was bred in Louisiana by Wendell A. Templet. She is owned and trained by Ricky Courville. Fortune Got Even is by Stephen Got Even and is out of the Secret Romeo mare, Fortune In Gold. She has won three of nine lifetime starts and the $45,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $110,965.

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.

 

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Evangeline Downs Gate Crew (1971-84) Hold Reunion

The Gate Crew
By Charlotte Stemmans Clavier

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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.

 

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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.

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SPECIAL BLESSING PREVAILS IN THE EVANGELINE DOWNS DISTAFF

FILLY WINS HER FIRST STAKES RACE SINCE THE 2018 EQUINE SALES OAKS AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

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Special Blessing wins the Evangeline Downs Distaff Stakes. Coady Photography

Evangeline Downs Distaff Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 4-26-19, 8 furlongs
Four Year Old and Upwards, Fillies and Mares, $75,000

SPECIAL BLESSING
Flat Out–Langsyne
Breeder: J. Adcock
Owner: Coteau Grove Farms LLCV
Trainer: W. Brett Calhoun
Jockey: Roberto Morales

2nd
Tap Dance Star
Star Guitar–Dance by Em
Breeder: Virginia Lazenby
Owner: Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Oscar Modica
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

3rd
Hyper Piper
Old Fashioned–Filaree
Breeder: Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh
Owner: Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh
Trainer: Sam B. David, Jr.
Jockey: Sam B. David, Jr.

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – The $75,000 Evangeline Downs Distaff on Friday night was expected to be a battle between Louisiana heavyweights and old rivals, Hyper Piper and Testing One Two. However, a filly that hadn’t won a stakes race in nearly a year had other plans, as Special Blessing went to the front shortly after the start and never looked back, coasting to a victory by 6-1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:37.58 for the one mile over the fast track.

Special Blessing was able to secure an inside position before the field entered the first turn and used that rail run to her advantage, carving out fractions of 24.06 seconds for the quarter-mile and 47.76 for the half. She really took off entering the far turn and the outcome was never in doubt as the field entered the stretch, as Special Blessing just kept increasing her lead with every stride. Tap Dance Star had been last in the field of six through the early stages, but closed well and beat out Hyper Piper for second. The even-money betting favorite, Testing One Two, was unable to fire after being near the pace early on and faded to finish fifth.

The win in the Evangeline Downs Distaff on Friday night was Special Blessing’s first stakes win since taking the $75,000 Equine Sales Oaks, also at Evangeline Downs on May 4, 2018.

Special Blessing was sent off by the betting public at odds of 9-1 and returned $20.80 to win, $8 to place and $4.60 to show. Tap Dance Star was also 9-1 in the wagering and paid $6.40 to place and $4 to show. Hyper Piper returned $3.40 to show.

Special Blessing was bred in Louisiana by J.Adcock. She is owned by Coteau Grove Farms, LLC, trained by Bret Calhoun and was ridden to victory by Roberto Morales. The 4-year-old filly is by Flat Out and is out of the Langfuhr mare, Langsyne. She has now won five of 12 starts in her career and the $45,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $209,030.

 

Live racing at Evangeline Downs will resume on Saturday night with a nine-race program. The featured event on the program will be the $75,000 Evangeline Downs Classic. Post time on Saturday 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.

 

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EVANGELINE DOWNS CANCELED FRIDAY AND SATURDAY PROGRAMS DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES CAUSED BY WEATHER

RACING SCHEDULED TO RESUME WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – Evangeline Downs Racetrack canceled the live racing programs for Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, as a result of a technical issue with the track’s electrical system caused by the severe heavy rain which fell in the Opelousas area on Thursday afternoon.

Evangeline Downs was forced to cancel Thursday’s racing program after four races were run due to the same issue, which caused several banks of the track’s lighting system to not function properly.

Live racing at Evangeline Downs is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, April 24 with a nine-race program. Post time on Wednesday will be 5:50 pm Central Time.

Evangeline Downs is currently in the midst of the 2019 Thoroughbred season, which will continue on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through Saturday, August 24.

 

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

 

 

About Evangeline Downs

Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel is owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation, a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Boyd Gaming press releases are available at www.prnewswire.com.  Additional news and information can be found at www.boydgaming.com, or www.evangelinedowns.com.

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THOROUGHBRED RACING RETURNS TO EVANGELINE DOWNS FOR 2019 SEASON

LEADING JOCKEY TIM THORNTON AND LEADING TRAINER KARL BROBERG WILL ATTEMPT TO DEFEND THEIR 2018 TITLES

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – The 54th season of Thoroughbred racing will be getting started at Evangeline Downs on Wednesday, April 3. It will be the first of 84 evenings of racing action held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule with a nightly first post time of 5:50 pm Central Time.

The 20-race stakes schedule will feature purses totaling $1,375,000 and will begin the final weekend of April with the $75,000 Evangeline Downs Distaff on Friday, April 26 and the $75,000 Evangeline Downs Classic on Saturday, April 27. The highlight night of the stakes schedule is Louisiana Legends Night on Saturday, May 25. Louisiana Legends Night will feature eight stakes races for Louisiana-breds with purses valued at $550,000.

The richest stakes race of the season will be the $100,000 Evangeline Mile at one mile on the main track for three-year-olds and up to be run on Saturday, June 22. The 2018 edition of the Mile might have produced a 10-1 upset winner in Mocito Rojo, but the colt has gone on to prove that he is one of the best horses running in Louisiana right now. Since his win in the 2018 Mile, Mocito Rojo has captured four more victories, including scores in the $75,000 Delta Mile and the $60,000 Owner Appreciation Cup, both at Delta Downs. Mocito Rojo was bred in Kentucky by Paul and Andrena Van Doren. He is owned by Wayne T. Davis and trained by Shane Wilson.

There were three jockeys that managed to eclipse 100 victories during the 2018 season at Evangeline Downs. Tim Thornton led the way with 141 wins, while Colby Hernandez had 122 wins and Diego Saenz scored 119 times last summer. Thornton then went on to win his first-ever riding title at Delta Downs over the winter as well. His 142 wins at the Vinton, LA track were a stunning 56 wins better than the runner-up, Saenz.

All three of these riders are expected to return to Evangeline Downs for the 2019 season. They will be part of an excellent jockey colony that will also include veteran riders Gerard Melancon, Kerwin “Booboo” Clark, and Thomas Pompell.

As always, there will be a strong influence of female riders at Evangeline Downs in 2019. Ashley Broussard, who finished fourth in standings in 2018 with 45 wins, is returning, and a new face on the scene will be apprentice Paulina Ramirez, who made her mark at Delta over the winter with 31 wins.

The perennial leading trainer at Evangeline Downs, Karl Broberg, is once again poised to have a successful season in 2019. He won the 2018 training title with 59 victories and a winning percentage for the season of 35%. Sam Breaux, who finished as the runner-up last summer with 32 victories. Also returning are other local top trainers Scott Gelner, who posted 28 victories and Brett Brinkman, who had 27 wins in 2018.

Silks Clubhouse will be open for each live racing night this season at Evangeline Downs and will feature an a la carte menu on Wednesday and Thursday nights and a buffet on Friday and Saturday nights. The buffet price will be $18.99 per person and $9.99 for children. Evangeline Downs has also opened The Café seven days a week once again with extended hours to allow racing fans to enjoy their menu before, during and after the racing program. Also, throughout the month of April, the Crawfish Buffet will be available to all patrons for just $29.99 on Wednesday and Friday nights.

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

 

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STALL APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 EVANGELINE DOWNS THOROUGHBRED SEASON DUE FEBRUARY 15

THE 84-DAY SEASON WILL BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – The 2019 Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs will cover 84 days of live racing beginning Wednesday, April 3 and continuing through Saturday, August 24. Racing will be conducted on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule with post time for the 2019 season set at 5:50 pm Central Time.

Stall applications are due by Friday, February 15, 2019. Horsemen interested in an application can visit the website www.evdracing.com and click on the Horsemen’s Info tab on the home page or contact the Evangeline Downs racing office directly by calling 337-594-3000.

Evangeline Downs’ stakes schedule will feature 20 stakes races with purses totaling $1,375,000. Louisiana Legends Night is always one of the highlights of the Thoroughbred season and will take place this year on Saturday, May 25. Legends Night is comprised of eight Louisiana-bred stakes races offering purses of $550,000.

There will be six $75,000 stakes races on Legends Night including: the Turf Distaff for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, the Turf for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, the Mademoiselle for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up at 5 ½ furlongs on the main track, the Sprint for 3-year-olds and up at 5 ½ furlongs on the main track, the Soiree for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on the main track, the Cheval for 3-year-olds at one mile on the main track. Additionally, there will be two $50,000 Starter Stakes on the program, one for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs on the main track and one for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

The $75,000 Evangeline Downs Classic for 4-year-olds and up at one mile on the main track has been moved from Louisiana Legends Night to Saturday, April 27. It will be run on the same weekend as the $75,000 Evangeline Downs Distaff for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up at one mile on the main track on Friday, April 26.

The most valuable race of the season will be the $100,000 Evangeline Mile for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on the main track scheduled for Saturday, June 22.

The full 2019 stakes schedule is pending official approval from the Louisiana Racing Commission.

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.

 

About Evangeline Downs

Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel is owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation, a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Boyd Gaming press releases are available at www.prnewswire.com.  Additional news and information can be found at www.boydgaming.com, or www.evangelinedowns.com.

 

 

 

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KARL BROBERG AND TIM THORNTON REPEAT AS TITLEISTS AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

TOP TRAINER AND JOCKEY COMBINATION WIN THEIR RESPECTIVE DIVISIONS FOR THE 2018 THOROUGHBRED SEASON

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – As it so often is at Evangeline Downs, the main name to know was Karl Broberg. The perennially leading trainer at this racetrack won his eighth training title from 2011-2018 by a wide margin from his competition. His main jockey for much of the summer, Tim Thornton, parlayed that partnership into a second straight riding crown for the season, which concluded on Saturday night.

 

The numbers for Karl Broberg tell the story of a champion trainer. His starters won 59 of 170 starts for a winning percentage of 35%, earning $761,440 in purse money along the way. When you include 49 other top three results for Broberg’s runners, that translates into a 64% in-the-money percentage for the season. Broberg finished 27 victories ahead of Sam Breaux, who was second in the standings with 32 wins. Allen Milligan was third in training victories, finishing just one win out of second with 31 wins.

 

The complete top 10 trainers’ standings were: Broberg (59 wins), Breaux (32), Milligan (31), Scott Gelner (28), Brett Brinkman (27), Brian Huval (25), Sam David, Jr. and Dale White, Sr. (tied at 22), Allen Landry (21) and a three-way tie for 10th between Howard Alonzo, Lee Thomas and Shane Wilson at 18 wins each.

 

Tim Thornton was the jockey used most often by Karl Broberg during the 2018 Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs and that pairing helped Thornton, a Louisiana native, claim his second title in a row here with 141 wins from 555 starts for a winning percentage of 25%, with his mounts earning $1,966,892 in purse money. Former Evangeline Downs riding champion Colby Hernandez posted a solid season as well, finishing second in the standings with 122 wins. Diego Saenz, who won the 2017-18 riding title at Delta Downs this winter, finished third with 121 victories.

 

The complete top 10 jockeys’ standings were: Thornton (141 wins), Hernandez (122), Saenz (121), Ashley Broussard and Gerard Melancon (tied at 44), Roberto Morales and Wallynette Rodriguez (tied at 38), Thomas Pompell (32), Steve Bourque (25) and Luis Negron (23).

 

As a contrast to the trainers’ and jockeys’ standings, the owners’ standings produced a new champion for the 2018 season. Texas-based Keene Thoroughbreds, LLC of Danny Keene came to Evangeline Downs with a strong collection of runners for the first time and took the title with 31 victories from 142 starts for a winning percentage of 22%. Keene’s runners earned $314,545 in purse money for the season. End Zone Athletics, Inc. of Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson, who won the owners’ crown in 2017, finished second this year with 28 wins. Red Rose Racing finished third in the standings with 20 victories.

 

The complete top 10 owners’ standings were: Keene Thoroughbreds, LLC (31 wins), End Zone Athletics, Inc. (28), Red Rose Racing (20), Circle H Farms (13), Elite Thoroughbred Racing, LLC and Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC (tied at 12), Wayne T. Davis and Norman Stables, LLC (tied at 11) and a tie for ninth between Brittlyn Stable, Inc. and Earl and Keith Hernandez and John Duvieilh at nine wins each.

 

Evangeline Downs will resume live racing with the start of the 46-day American Quarter Horse season on Wednesday, October 3. The highlight night of the season will be Saturday, December 15 with four major stakes finals taking place that evening. The finals for the $1,000,000 Louisiana Million (RG1), the $275,000 estimated LQHBA Breeders Derby, the $100,000-added Evangeline Downs Futurity and the $50,000-added Evangeline Downs Derby will all be run that evening. Post time for the American Quarter Horse season at Evangeline Downs will be 5:35 pm Central Time.

 

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

 

 

About Evangeline Downs

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