OPELOUSAS, La. � Evangeline Downs held two divisions of the $100,000 D.S. �Shine� Young Futurity, one for colts and geldings and one for fillies, on Saturday night. It was the male division, though, that provided the highlight performer of the evening in Cale�s Gold.
The Karl Broberg trainee was perfectly positioned by jockey Colby Hernandez behind the pacesetting duo of Il Est Beau and Wonder Run through the early fractions of 22.06 for the quarter and 45.54 for the half-mile. When the field made the stretch, Cale�s Gold moved up to take the lead and ran away from his competition to record a seven-length victory in a final time of 1:04.19 for the 5 1/2 furlongs over a fast track.
The victory by Cale�s Gold kept him undefeated through two career starts and upped his career earnings to $76,800. The colt was sent off as the 7-5 betting favorite and returned $4.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show. 31-1 longshot Wonder Run finished second and paid $17.80 to place and $7.60 to show. Our Rapidash was third and paid $3.80 to show.
Cale�s Gold is a Louisiana-bred colt by Gold Tribute out of the Lion Heart mare, Estella Ella. She is owned by Jerry Namy and was bred by Darrell C. Comeaux and Southern Equine Stables LLC.
The fillies division of the $100,000 D.S. �Shine� Young Futurity followed and was won by Cajun Conoseir in a final time of 1:05.52 for 5 1/2 furlongs. This race was unfortunately marred by an incident at the top of the stretch involving betting favorite, Elegant Idea, who unseated her rider, Diego Saenz. There was no immediate official information available of Saenz�s condition in the aftermath. He was taken off in an ambulance and it is believed he had mobility in his extremities. Elegant Idea was vanned off the racetrack following the incident.
Cajun Conoseir tracked the pacesetters, Little Miss Sparky and Social Factor, through a 21.95 quarter and a 45.80 half-mile. The filly then took the lead on the far turn under jockey Gerard Melancon and went on to win by 3 1/2 lengths.
With the victory, Cajun Conoseir maintained a perfect record of two wins in two starts. Her career earnings are now $76,800. She paid $6.40 to win, $4.20 to place and $3.60 to show. 42-1 longshot Aunt Nellie finished second and returned $18.20 to place and $13.60 to show. Halfandtwoquarters was third and paid $4.00 to show.
Cajun Conoseir is owned by Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC, trained by Steve Flint and was bred in Louisiana by Circle H Farms and Carrol J. Castille. She was sired by Closing Argument and is out of the Gone West mare, Midsummer Fun.
Evangeline Downs will resume live racing on Wednesday night with a nine-race program. Post time on Wednesday is 5:40 pm Central Time.