Net A Bear edges Lady Valentine to take the Opelousas Stakes. Coady Photography.


OPELOUSAS, LA –Racegoers enjoying the Family Night activities at Evangeline Downs witnessed Net a Bear pick up another stakes victory in the $60,000 Opelousas Stakes on Friday night.  The Allen Landry trainee was a winner of the Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff in her most recent start.  The one-mile race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, originally scheduled for the turf, was contested over a main track rendered sloppy by persistent afternoon rains.

Lady Valentine was away sharpest from her inside post and set out to an early lead, with Splenda Gail and favored Quin Ella in close pursuit.  Net a Bear and jockey Tim Thornton were away in good order and settled into stride towards the back of the field of seven runners.  Lady Valentine was allowed to set comfortable fractions of an opening quarter-mile in 24.07 and a half-mile in 47.81.  Moving into the far turn Quinn Ella edged forward past Splenda Gail to put some pressure on Lady Valentine, while Net a Bear was steadily gaining on the leaders while saving ground with an inside trip.

Through six furlongs in 1:12.92, Quinn Ella moved to the lead at the top of the lane outside of Lady Valentine.  Net a Bear was angled out from the rail to the middle of the track to commence her stretch winning drive.  In the final sixteenth of a mile, Lady Valentine had battled back to retake the lead from Quinn Ella but was not able to hold off Net a Bear in the final yards.  Net a Bear’s winning margin was a neck over Lady Valentine, with Quinn Ella another 1-1/2 lengths back in third.  The running time for the mile was 1:39.52.

Owned by Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro, Net a Bear earned $36,000 for the victory.  The win is the 13th from 35 career starts and increased her lifetime earnings to $651,970.

The 6-year-old mare was bred in Louisiana by Lora Pitre and Elaine Carroll.  Sired by Awesome Bet, the bay mare is out of the Eddington mare Edacious Reality.

Net a Bear returned $6.10 as the slight second-choice in the wagering to win, $3.80 to place and $2.20 to show.  Lady Valentine was worth $8.20 to place and $3.40 to show.  Quinn Ella paid $2.60 to show.

Live racing resumes on Saturday with a 5:30pm first post.  The featured event is the $60,000 John Henry Stakes.  The Evangeline Downs Thoroughbred season runs on a Wednesday thru Saturday schedule until August 27.




OPELOUSAS, LA –Full fields and plenty of fan festivities are highlights of the Louisiana Legends card at Evangeline Downs Saturday night.  Six stakes races, each with a purse of $75,000 for Louisiana-bred runners, are the featured events on a nine-race program that drew a total of 88 entries.  The card also includes a maiden special weight race for 2-year-old Louisiana-bred runners.

In addition to the excellent card that was drawn, Evangeline Downs has many other attractions for race fans.  Prior to the races, jockeys will be available for pictures and autographs in a meet and greet from 4:30-5:00pm and jockeys will be tossing t-shirts from the winner’s circle after each stakes race.  A Legends Night dance party with an 80’s theme will take place in Mojo’s after the races.  There will be many food vendors with specialty foods and treats in the paddock area as well.

The stakes action kicks off with the $75,000 Soiree in the third race of the card.  Multiple-stakes winner Free Like a Girl is the morning line favorite in race for 3-year-old fillies going one mile. She returns to face state-bred runners after finishing fourth behind Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath in her most recent start.  Wholelottamo merits consideration after her runner-up finish in the Acadiana Stakes earlier in the meet.

The $75,000 Cheval, for 3-year-olds at the distance of one mile, brings together a competitive field of eight runners.    Vodka Gimlet, Cosmic Train and More Memories have traded decisions in recent stakes races at Delta Downs and the Fair Grounds and all look to have big chances in the Cheval.  But perhaps the most intriguing runner in the field is the recent maiden winner Touchuponastar, who was less than a second off the track record in a 21 ¼-length win at seven furlongs last out.

Net a Bear is the 2-1 morning line favorite over eight rivals in the $75,000 Turf Distaff at one mile on the turf.  The Allen Landry trainee has won her last four races over turf courses and has a field topping seven career turf victories.  Offspring, the defending champ of the Distaff,  will be one of the runners looking to turn the tables on the favorite, as she has finished behind Net a Bear in her last four matchups.

Ova Charged has been installed as a solid 6/5 favorite over seven other runners in the $75,000 Mademoiselle over 5-1/2 furlongs for 3-year-old and up fillies and mares.  A winner of four of five career starts, Ova Charged suffered her only defeat in a runner-up effort in the Grade 3 Victory Ride stakes at Belmont last summer.  Strong Beauty brings a two-race winning streak into the Mademoiselle and Snowball, cross-entered in the Distaff, will be looking to upset the potential heavy favorite.

A full field of 12 runners will fill the gate for the $75,000 Sprint over the 5-1/2 furlong distance.  Yankee Seven, the moderate 5/2 morning line favorite, brings a four-race winning streak into the race.  Alterana, a winner of six of his last seven races, and Bertie’s Galaxy, winner of five of his last eight, are both accomplished runners that have terrific chances.

A very competitive field of 12 will line up in the $75,000 Turf over the 1-1/16 mile distance.  Recent stakes winner Mangelsen has drawn the rail and is the morning line favorite at 5/2.  Forestdungone and Jaci’s Royalty have both won at the track this season, while a return to the turf could help wake up Treys Midnite Moon.  Jax Man and Behemah Star are among the many runners that could take the Turf.

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships during the evening.  Students are encouraged to attend the races and enter the drawing, with the winners to be selected after the fifth race.  First post time Saturday will be 5:30pm Central Time.

For more information on racing at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website and on Twitter @evdracing.  The racing calendar for 2022 is a Wednesday through Saturday schedule until the end of the meet on August 27.

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.




Who Took The Money wins the $60,000 EVD Classic. Coady Photography.


OPELOUSAS, LA –Deshawn Parker capped off a big weekend stakes sweep with a victory aboard Who Took the Money in the $60,000 EVD Classic at Evangeline Downs on Saturday night.   The race for 4-year-old and up Louisiana-bred runners was contested at the distance of one mile over a track rated fast.


Father Goose and Maga Man both broke sharply and set off in a spirited duel into the clubhouse turn.  Highland Creek and Drewhustle were on the chase, while Who Took the Money was allowed to relax near the back of the field.  The opening quarter-mile was covered in a swift 23.36 seconds, and the early battle continued through a half-mile in 46.55 seconds.  As the field moved through the far turn, Highland Creek, the other Allied Racing Stables, LLC (Chester Thomas) runner in the field, was in a striking position just behind the leaders, while Relentless Dancer ranged up with a wide bid.  Deshawn Parker and Who Took the Money were just starting to begin their run but were still seventh as the field move past six furlongs in 1:12.00 seconds.


As the field moved to the top of the lane, Highland Creek surged to the lead, Venn was moving through some traffic, while Who Took the Money was gaining with a six-wide move.  At the furlong marker Highland Creek was 1-1/2 lengths in front, but stablemate Who Took the Money was moving fastest in the center of the racetrack.  The two Bret Calhoun trainees were well clear of the field in the final yards, with Who Took the Money rushing past for a ½-length victory.  Runner-up Highland Creek was 3-1/2 lengths clear of the third-place finisher Venn.  The final time for the mile was 1:37.90 seconds.


Who Took the Money earned $36,000 for the victory, his seventh from 11 career starts.  The winning purse increased his lifetime earnings to $286,677.


The 4-year-old gelding was bred in Louisiana by Allied Racing Stable, LLC.  Sired by Street Boss, the chestnut is out of the Speightstown mare Speights’ Colony.


Who Took the Money, sent off as the wagering favorite, rewarded backers with a $4.40 win price, $2.60 to place and $2.40 to show.  Highland Creek paid $3.60 to place and $2.60 to show.  Venn, the longest shot on the board at 41-1, paid $7.80 to show.


Live racing resumes on Wednesday with a 5:30pm first post.  The Evangeline Downs Thoroughbred season runs on a Wednesday thru Saturday schedule until August 27.





Winning Romance takes the EVD Distaff S. Coady Photography


OPELOUSAS, LA –A derby weekend crowd was treated to a skillful ride by jockey Deshawn Parker aboard Winning Romance in the $60,000 EVD Distaff at Evangeline Downs on Saturday night.   The race for Louisiana-bred older fillies and mares was contested at the distance of one mile over a track rated fast.


Winning Romance tossed her head slightly just as the gates opened and was away a step slower than her rivals but was able to make it to the lead heading into the clubhouse turn.  She’s Gone d’Wild and Offspring were away quickest but settled into tracking positions behind the Bret Calhoun trainee.  After making the lead, Winning Romance was able to set very moderate fractions early, with an opening quarter-mile in 25.72 seconds and a half-mile in a pedestrian 50.96 seconds.  Offspring was tracking the leader from a half-length back, while She’s Gone d’Wild, Snowball and Net a Bear were closely grouped in the compact field.


The Allied Racing Stable, LLC (Chester Thomas) runner was traveling comfortably moving into the turn as She’s Gone d’Wild turned up the pressure with a bid along the rail.  Snowball had maneuvered through some traffic and was angling for a three-wide bid as the leaders passed six furlongs in 1:15.53 seconds.  As the field turned for home, Winning Romance maintained a slim advantage, and responded when called upon by Parker nearing the furlong marker.  She was able to edge clear in the final yards, with the winning margin 1-3/4 lengths.  She’s Gone d’Wild, also trained by Calhoun, was able to hold second 2-1/4 lengths clear of Snowball and Net a Bear, who finished in a dead-heat for third.  The final running time for the mile was 1:39.65 seconds.


Winning Romance earned $36,000 for the victory, her fifth from 15 career starts.  The winner’s share of the purse increased her lifetime earnings to $253,446.


The 4-year-old filly was bred in Louisiana by Allied Racing Stable, LLC.  Sired by First Samurai, the chestnut is out of the Flatter mare Lipstick Junky.


Winning Romance, sent off as the wagering favorite, returned $3.60 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show.  She’s Gone d’Wild paid $5 to place and $2.40 to show.  Snowball and Net a Bear each paid $2.10 to show.




OPELOUSAS, LA. – Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel has announced the hiring of Rob Tuel as its new full-time track announcer replacing Michael Chamberlain, who had spent the last six years behind the microphone in Opelousas, Louisiana.


Tuel’s race calling experience began in 2004 at Eureka Downs in Kansas, where he called both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. Over the years he has also called races in his home state of Nebraska at FairPlay Park, Lincoln Race Course and Atokad Park.


“I am honored and thrilled to be selected as the new track announcer at Evangeline Downs,” said Tuel. “It has been a lifelong dream to the announcer at such a prestigious racetrack and I cannot wait to begin.”


Tuel will also have the responsibility of handicapping each program at Evangeline Downs while also hosting the track’s daily simulcast show. His experience in front of the camera along with a lifetime of handicapping horse races will provide fans with valuable insights and plenty of winning picks nightly. From 2010 – 2012 he served as paddock host and handicapper at Lincoln Race Course while working with Chamberlain, who was the announcer at that time.


“We are very exciting to have Rob join our racing team here at Evangeline Downs,” said Carol Core, Vice President and General Manager. “He brings plenty of excitement and enthusiasm to the position of track announcer and I’m sure he will be well received by race fans both locally and across the nation via simulcast.”


Tuel’s first full season at Evangeline Downs will run from April 28 through September 18. The track will host live programs each Wednesday through Saturday night beginning at 5:50 pm Central Time.


For more information on racing at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at


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