JOCKEY TIM THORNTON SKIMS RAIL WITH BUNKY RICHARDS RUNNER FOR VICTORY
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.