EVANGELINE DOWNS WELCOMES LARGE CROWD FOR LOUISIANA LEGENDS NIGHT

TRAINER RON FAUCHEUX AND JOCKEY JARETH LOVEBERRY TEAM UP FOR TWO STAKES VICTORIES

 

OPELOUSAS, LA –Evangeline Downs hosted the annual celebration of the Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds with an exciting Louisiana Legends Night card on Saturday.  A large crowd was on hand for the night of stakes action that included six stakes races each worth $75,000 for state-bred runners.  Pleasant weather greeted race goers and the races were contested over tracks rated fast and firm.

Maga Man takes the Louisiana Legends Turf Stakes. Coady Photography.

Maga Man displayed a new dimension by sitting off the early speed and rallying to a thrilling victory in the $75,000 Turf.  Normally a runner found battling for the lead, jockey Joe Stokes was able to get Maga Man to settle off the hot early pace being fought by Forestdungone, Mangelsen and Behemah Star through snappy fractions of 23.21, 47.28 and 1:11.63.  Maga Man was ready to launch a four-wide rally at the top of the lane and engaged the leaders as they reached the furlong marker.  While Behemah Star continued to battle on as the only survivor of the early pace, Jaci’s Royalty and City Park were closing from the back of the pack.  Trained by Norman Miller, III, Maga Man was able to dig in and prevailed in a finish that saw the first four finishers separated by less than a combined length.

Maga Man stopped the clock in 1:43.33 over the 1-1/16 mile distance with the official winning margin of ½-length over Jaci’s Royalty.  It was a head back to third place finisher Behemah Star and a nose to City Park in fourth.  Maga Man defends his title in the Legends Turf, although last year’s running was contested over a sloppy main track.

Owned by Norman Miller IV, Maga Man returned $17.20 to his backers, $9.20 to place and $5.60 to show.  Jaci’s Royalty paid $8.20 and $6, with Behemah Star paying $4.60 to show.  The winning purse pushed the career totals for Maga Man to 10 victories in 39 career starts and $369,880 in earnings.

Bred by Steven Renshaw, Maga Man is a 7-year-old gelded gray/roan son of Musket Man, out of the Pulling Punches mare Lew’s Gray.

 

Free Like A Girl adds the Louisiana Legends Soiree to her list of stakes victories. Coady Photography.

Free Like a Girl ran like a solid favorite is expected to do in her victory over 3-year-old fillies in the $75,000 Soiree.  After breaking a little awkwardly, jockey Pedro Cotto, Jr. was able to get Free Like a Girl into a comfortable position just off the early leader Beleout.  Trained by Chasey Deville Pomier, Free Like a Girl ranged up to challenge the leader moving past the quarter-mile pole and opened up a comfortable margin moving past the furlong pole.  Wholelottamo was steadily gaining ground in a runner-up effort but could not threaten the winner.  The winning margin for Free Like a Girl was 1-1/4 lengths, with another 7-3/4 lengths to the third-place finisher First I’ve Seen.  The winner covered the mile distance in a time of 1:39.41

Sired by El Deal, the bay filly is out of the Flashy Bull mare Flashy Prize and was bred by Kim Renee Stover and Lisa Osborne.  The victory was her seventh from 13 career starts and the winning purse pushed her career total to $401,473.

Owned by Gerald Bruno Jr., Carl J. Deville, Chasey Deville Pomier and Jerry Caroom, Free Like a Girl returned $3 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show.  Wholelottamo paid $3 to place, $2.20 to show and First I’ve Seen paid $2.20 to show.

 

 

Big Chopper holds off Vodka Gimlet to win the Louisiana Legends Coeval Stakes. Coady Photography.

Kendel Standlee’s Big Chopper was hustled to the front and never looked back in his victory in the $75,000 Cheval.  Jockey C.J. McMahon had his mount away alertly from the gate and settled into stride setting fractions of 24.01, 47.83 and 1:11.93 before stopping the clock in 1:37.71 for the mile distance.  Vodka Gimlet was in range throughout but could not get past the determined winner.  Favored Touchuponastar, off a very impressive maiden victory, was chasing the eventual victor from the outset and faded to third.  Trained by Scott Gelner, Big Chopper’s winning margin was ½-length, with another length separating the second and third finishers.

Bred by the owner, the 3-year-old is by Shackleford and is out of the Unusual Heat mare Miss Well Molded.  The winning purse pushed his career total to $130,480 with his third victory from eight career starts.

Big Chopper returned $13.80 to his backers for a win ticket, $6.20 to place and $3.80 to show.  Vodka Gimlet returned $4.60 to place and $2.60 to show, with Touchuponastar paying $2.80 to show.

 

 

Net A Bear moves into the lead to take the Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff. Coady Photography.

Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro’s Net a Bear returned to her winning ways on the grass with an impressive victory in the $75,000 Turf Distaff.  Jockey Tim Thornton and Net a Bear were unhurried early sitting in fifth position early as longshot Sumitup raced away to an open lengths lead.  World War and Great in Red were the first to collar the leader moving into the far turn as the leader gave way after fractions of 23.63 and 48.15.  Through six furlongs in 1:12.26, Net a Bear was shuffled back in some traffic and had to wait for some running room.  As the field straightened away in the lane, the Allen Landry trainee found clear running room and rushed past the leaders to win by 1-1/4 lengths.  World War fought on to finish second a head in front of Great in Red.  The winner stopped the timer in 1:36.91.

Bred by Lora Pitre and Elaine Carroll, Net a Bear was sired by Awesome Bet and is out of the Eddington mare Edacious Reality.  Winning for the twelfth time in 33 career starts, the $45,000 winning purse pushed her career earnings to $615,970.

The favorite in the wagering, Net a Bear paid $3.40 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show.  World War paid $2.80 to place and $2.40 to show.  Great in Red returned $2.80 to show.

 

 

Trainer Ron Faucheux and jockey Jareth Loveberry teamed up for their first of two stakes victories as Fame Feather won the $75,000 Mademoiselle.  Winning for the first time over the main track, Fame Feather rallied from off the pace to win the 5-1/2 furlong sprint.  Settling off swift early fractions of 21.90 and 45.58 seconds set by Lady Hopper, the Picard Thoroughbreds Racing Stable LLC (Dawn and Jeffrey Picard) runner commenced a rally two wide on the turn and rallied to pull away for a one length victory over Spirited Beauty, a half-length ahead of Snowball who rallied late for a third-place finish.  The winner stopped the timer in 1:04.49.

Bred by Ramona Pierce, Fame Feather is a 7-year-old chestnut mare sired by Lion Tamer, out of the Indian Charlie mare Pretty Indian.  Winning for the seventh time in 25 career starts, the winner’s share increased her career bankroll to $274,330.

Fame Feather returned a welcome $21.20 to win for her backers, $7.80 to place and $5 to show.  Spirited Beauty paid $4.80 to place and $2.80 to show.  Snowball returned $3 to show.

 

Bertie’s Galaxy wins the Louisiana Legends Sprint Stakes. Coady Photography.

Faucheux and Loveberry found the winner’s circle again as Bertie’s Galaxy defended his title in the $75,000 Sprint.  Sharp away from the gate, Bertie’s Galaxy was quickly in charge leading by a length through an opening quarter in 21.86 seconds with Black Sword and Yankee Seven chasing their familiar rival.  Turning for home in a half-mile in 44.63 seconds, the Allen Cassedy runner extended the lead to two lengths and was clear at the wire.  The winning margin was 2-1/4 lengths over a late closing Creole Charlie and it was another 1-1/2 lengths back to Takes Two to Tango in third.  Bertie’s Galaxy stopped the clock in 1:03.52 for the 5-1/2 furlong distance.

Bertie’s Galaxy was bred by Margie Averett and the 6-year-old chestnut gelding is by Greeley’s Galaxy out of the Wild Rush mare Wild Bertie.

Off as the favorite, Bertie’s Galaxy returned $6.60 as a popular victor, $4.60 to place and $4 to show.  Creole Charlie was worth $12.60 to place and $8 to show.  Takes Two to Tango returned $5.60 to show.  The winning share pushed the career bankroll of Bertie’s Galaxy to $442,850.  The victory was the eleventh from 25 career starts.

For more information on racing at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.comand on Twitter @evdracing.  Live racing resumes Wednesday with a 5:30pm Central first post.  The racing calendar for 2022 is a Wednesday through Saturday schedule until the end of the meet on August 27.

Racehorse Owners and Trainers Prep Classes scheduled for Ocala and Lone Star Park

Three Day Class covering Philosophy & Methods of Training and Rules of Racing

 

Sponsored by The Groom Elite Program, Dr. C. Reid “Mac” McLellan will conduct a 3-day Racehorse Owners and Trainers Prep Class at Showcase Properties of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida March 17-19, 2022 and at Lone Star Park in the Chaplain’s classroom in the Racing Office Building April 7-9. Tuition is $324 with a special $25 discount for members of FTBOA, TTA, or any state breed association.  Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, so early registration is encouraged.

Racehorse Owners and Trainers Prep (ROTP 310) is three days of discussions of Philosophy and Methods of ownership and training of racehorses plus the Rules of Racing that influence decisions made by owners and trainers in their quest for return on investments. 

Rules vary from state to state and are changing every year, sometimes several times a year. This class discusses those variances with emphasis on states in which participants are most likely to own and/or train horses. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) is moving forward with expectation of assuming authority over drug testing and safety issues including continuing education for stable area workers as well as trainers. How this will impact future (and current) owners and trainers is examined. 

Handicappers and “horseplayers” benefit from this class. An anonymous player (“don’t want to give my “edge” to my competitors”) said, “this class helped me see that some decisions by trainers and/or racetracks are because of the rules of racing and not to make it more difficult for me to pick a winner”. 

Owners take this class to facilitate communication with their trainer(s). In the past, trainers have been reluctant to “allow” their owners to even “possess” a condition book. Now, easy access to condition books for anyone with a computer or smartphone, enables owners to communicate with their trainers more effectively (and vice versa). Of particular interest to owners and trainers is a discussion on the importance of written training contracts. 

For participants interested in being licensed as a racehorse trainer (or assistant trainer) this course provides a study guide for the Rules of Racing as covered on the National Trainers’ Exam. Online practice tests and phone support after taking this class improve participants likelihood of passing a trainers’ exam.  From an attendee that failed a trainers’ exam twice before taking this class and then passing the exam: “Dr. Mac’s ‘step-by-step’ approach to putting correct entry weights on horses was worth the price of admission”.  From the recent (December 2021) ROTP class in Lexington, Ky, 100% of the participants passed the Kentucky trainers exam within a month of completing this class. 

For more information and to register for either class, go to  www.purplepowerracing.com or www.groomelite.com Anyone without internet access may call Dr. “Mac” at 318-224-1347 to sign up

 

The Elite Program, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit that provides equine education classes through it’s Groom Elite™ curriculum.  With its initial primary mission (in 2001) to provide education to grooms and hotwalkers or Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racehorses, Groom Elite continually adapts and updates it’s programming that now includes courses for grooms and owners of OTTB show horses and welcomes owners and grooms of any breed. One of its more notable programs is its Second Chances Groom Elite curriculum taught in five adult correctional facilities in partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and its local affiliates in which participants learn life lessons while developing an employable skill working with retired racehorses.  

 

Ballots for LTBA Board of Directors to Mail October 15

Ballots for the 2021 Election of Louisiana Thoroughbred Thoroughbred Breeders Association Board of Directors will be mailing Friday, October 15th.

There are eight (8) nominees vying for five (5) spots on the board.

The affairs of this Association are entrusted to the Board of Directors, which shall have full power to authorize and make contracts, expend funds for the purposes, aims, objectives and operations of this Association.

There are currently thirteen members on the Board. Each board member elected shall serve for three years. The board membership terms are staggered which shall result in approximately 1/3 of the board being subject to election annually.

Ballots are mailing from MK Election Services in New Haven, CT and must be returned via USPS by November 15th. Please make your selections and return as quickly as possible. Ballots received after November 15th will not be counted. Please allow time for mail to reach MK Election Services in New Haven, CT.