Is Too Turned the Tables on Defending Champion Bermuda Star in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff

Louisiana Cup Distaff
Louisiana Downs, 8-3-19, 8.5 furlongs (turf)
3YO and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, Fillies and Mares, $50,000

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Is Too with Colby Hernandez aboard outduels Bermuda Star to win the Louisiana Cup Distaff at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Midshipman–Tensas Salt
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center
Owner: Baronne Farms, LLC
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

Bermuda Star
Star Guitar–Bermuda Bride
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Bella Cajun
Bellamy Road–Cajun Candy
Breeder: Cypress Bend Farm
Owner: Ralph Dore and Keith Gautreau
Trainer: Ralph J. Dore
Jockey: Aubrie Green


Seven accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares took to the Franks Turf Course for the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.  It shaped up to be another test between defending champion Bermuda Star and Is Too, and the two talented mares did not disappoint.

The victory went to Is Too, a 4-year-old daughter of Midshipman, owned by Barrone Farms LLC, and rider Colby Hernandez in a final time of 1:42.21.

Assistant trainer Bobby Felks, saddled for trainer Ed Johnston and had tremendous admiration for the talented mare.

“We campaigned Pacific Pink (earner of over $730,000) and she was so easy,” said Felks. ‘This mare can be kind of mean and had never run here before. She’s better on the turf that main track; ran a very good race today.”


Is Too ($3.40) won her sixth race from 15 starts and has now won $187.40. Felks said that she may take a break until Fair Grounds.

Bermuda Star, owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc. completed the exacta with Diego Saenz aboard, followed by Bella Cajun and Thegrayspider.

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Colby Hernandez with Is Too wins the 2019 Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Coady Photography.


Opelousas Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-12-19, One mile* (originally scheduled for turf)
Three-year-olds and upwards, fillies and mares, $50,000

Midshipman–Tensas Salt
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center (LA)
Owner: Baronne Farms, LLC
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Colby J. Hernendez

Mariah’s Galaxy
Greeley’s Galaxy–Black Mariah
Breeder: Margie K. Averett (LA)
Owner: Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith

Breeder: Olympia Star Inc (KY)
Owner: Mark Glover
Trainer: Tracey Glover
Jockey: Aubrie Green

OPELOUSAS, LA – Friday night at Evangeline Downs was a stellar night for one of the perennial leading riders at the track, Colby Hernandez. He won four of the nine races on the card, including an impressive stakes score aboard Is Too in the $50,000 Opelousas Stakes. The race had originally been scheduled for one mile on the turf, but rain throughout the week forced it to be transferred to the main track. Is Too finished the mile in 1:39.67 over the fast track.


The longest shot on the board at 27-1, Mi Copa Rebosa, took the early lead and set a solid pace of 24.98 seconds for the quarter-mile and 49.51 for the half. As the field approached the half-mile mark, Is Too advanced through an opening at the rail and assumed the lead. She eventually built a four-length edge as the field entered the stretch. Mariah’s Galaxy closed strongly but was only able to cut the final margin of victory for Is Too to 1-1/4 lengths. Roussalka finished third while the betting favorite, Bermuda Star, never fired and finished fourth in the field of six.


Is Too was sent off at odds of 2-1 and paid $6 to win, $3 to place and $2.80 to show. Mariah’s Galaxy returned $3.80 to place and $3 to show, while Roussalka paid $4.40 to show.


Is Too was bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock and Montgomery Equine Center, is owned by Baronne Farms, LLC. and is trained by Edward Johnston. The 4-year-old filly is by 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, Midshipman, and is out of the Salt Lake mare, Tensas Salt. She has now won 5-of-13 career starts and the $30,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $157,640.


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.


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