REAP Night at the Races

REAP (Racing Employees Assistance Program) held its annual “Night at the Races” benefit program, Thursday, August 3, 2017 in the John Henry Room in the Evangeline Downs Clubhouse.

A healthy crowd of 80 participated in the event which included a reverse drawing and a silent auction.

REAP supports Chaplain Dwight Brown in all his good works as well as horsemen and their families in need.

Signature Sponsors of the event were St. Landry Homestead, DPB Racing LLC, Acadiana Equine Clinic, Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Assn, Louisiana HBPA, and Evangeline Downs.

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READY PROSPECTOR, SHE’SCREATIVE win D.S. “Shine” Young Futurities

READY PROSPECTOR STRIKES GOLD IN THE COLT DIVISION

 SHE’SCREATIVE TRIUMPHANT IN THE FILLIES DIVISION

READY PROSPECTOR
Ready Prospector wins the Colt and Gelding Division of the 2017 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity. Coady Photography

 

D.S. Shine Young Futurity 
Colt and Gelding Division
Evangeline Downs, 7-29-17, 5 1/2 furlongs, dirt
2YO colts and geldings, Purse $75,000

READY PROSPECTOR
Custom for Carlos–Vera Belle, by Not For Love
Breeder: Virginia Lazenby
Owner: Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Oscar Modica
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

2nd
I Want A Picture
Redding Colliery–Bond’s Babe, by Johannesburg
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Flurry Racing Stables LLC
Trainer: J. R. Caldwell
Jockey: Danny Sorenson

3rd
Cajun Creed
Jimmy Creed–Surprise Squall, by Stephen Got Even
Breeder: Danny M. Brown & Donna B. Brown
Owner: Horseplayers Racing Club LLC
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Roberto Morales

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable’s Ready Prospector was able to survive an early speed duel and then withstand a furious charge from the favored I Want a Picture to prevail in the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity for Colts & Geldings on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs.

Ready Prospector was sent right up into the fray by jockey Gerard Melancon at the start and engaged with another longshot in Piranha Tough through solid early fractions of 22.02 for the quarter-mile and 46.04 for the half-mile. When the field entered the stretch, Ready Prospector had put away Piranha Tough, holding a 3-1/2 length lead, but the 9-5 favorite, I Want a Picture came running in the final furlong and just came up a head short. Ready Prospector finished the 5-1/2 furlongs in a final time of 1:05.46 over the wet-fast racetrack.

A 10-1 longshot, Ready Prospector, returned $22.60 to win, $8.40 to place and $5.40 to show. I Want a Picture paid $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show, while Cajun Creed rallied for third and returned $2.80 to show.

Ready Prospector scored the first win of his brief career in the “Shine” Young Futurity. He was bred in Louisiana by Virginia Lazenby and is trained by Oscar Modica. The maiden-breaking win earned Ready Prospector the $45,000 first-place purse and increased his lifetime earnings to $50,200. He is a two-year-old gelding by Custom for Carlos and out of the Not For Love mare, Vera Belle.

 

SHE'SCREATIVE
She’screative wins the Filly Division of the 2017 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity. Coady Photography

 

D.S. Shine Young Futurity 
Filly Division
Evangeline Downs, 7-29-17, 5 1/2 furlongs, dirt
2YO fillies, Purse $75,000

SHE’SCREATIVE
Creative Cause–She’s a Rebel Too
Breeder: T L Holyfield Racing Stable LLC
Owner: Thomas L. Holyfield
Trainer: J. R. Caldwell
Jockey: Dusty Ryder Shepherd

2nd
Eye Craft
Songandaprayer–Ihavemyeyeonyou, by Crafty Prospector
Breeder: Coulee Croche Thoroughbred, LLC
Owner: Brad Raney
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

3rd
Born to D’ Wild
D’wildcat–Jasmine Gardens, by Mineshaft
Breeder: Coteau Grove Farms, LLC
Owner: Brava Stables LLC
Trainer: Patrick Devereux, Jr.
Jockey: Diego Saenz

The fillies division of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity was also run on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. The original field of twelve was scratched down to six and the best of that half-dozen was She’screative. The filly assumed the lead shortly after the start and led through a quarter-mile of 22.31 seconds and a half-mile of 46.19 seconds. She received a challenge from Eye Craft, who briefly took the lead in the stretch. However, She’screative re-rallied on the rail to win by 2-1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:06.53 for the 5-1/2 furlongs.

She’screative was the even-money favorite in the “Shine” Young Futurity and returned $4 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Eye Craft paid $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Born to D’wild paid $2.60 to show.

She’screative is a 2-year-old filly bred in Louisiana by T.L. Holyfield Racing Stable, LLC. She is owned by Thomas L. Holyfield, trained by J.R. Caldwell and was ridden to victory by Dusty Shepherd. Her record is now a perfect two-for-two and the $45,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $60,600. She’screative is by Creative Cause and out of the Two Punch mare, She’s a Rebel Too.

 

 

For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

Jockamo’s Song Wins Louisiana Legends Sprint

JOCKAMO'S SONG Legends Sprint
Jockamo’s Song is victorious in the Louisiana Legends Sprint at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography

 

Louisiana Legends Sprint Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 5.5 f.(dirt)
3yo/up, Purse: $100,000

JOCKAMO’S SONG
Half Ours-Miss Clairnette, by Trophy Hunter
Owner: Dare To Dream Stable LLC
Breeder: Debbie Allen & David Allen
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

2nd
Icy Gentleman
Yankee Gentleman-Icy Day, by Five Star Day
Owner: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Breeder: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Trainer: Henry B. Johnston
Jockey: Jorge Guzman

3rd
C U Tiger
Indian Territory-Comehomewithasmile, by Came Home
Owner: Bill Langford and Roland Bruno
Breeder: Bill Langford
Trainer: Roland Bruno
Jockey: Alex Cortez

Underpressure Triumphs in Louisiana Legends Cheval

UNDER PRESSURE Legends Cheval
Underpressure under Diego Saenz wins the Louisiana Legends Cheval S. Photo by Coady Photography.

 

Louisiana Legends Cheval Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 8 f.(dirt)
3yos, Purse: $100,000

UNDERPRESSURE
Birdstone-Charming Colleen, by Charismatic
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Breeder: James McInvale
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Magic Vow
Private Vow-Whitewashed, by Broad Brush
Owner: Brittany Stable, Inc.
Breeder: J. Adcock
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: K.D. Clark

3rd
True Emperor
Yes It’s True-Queen Of the Empire, by Empire Maker
Owner: Dan Casey and Elite Thoroughbred Racing LLC
Breeder: Rebecca Farm LLC & T.J. Dickey
Trainer: Lee Thomas
Jockey: Jansen Melancon

P Boo Successful in Louisiana Legends Soiree

P BOO Legends Soiree
P Boo passes favorite Efforting to win the Louisiana Legends Soiree at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Legends Soiree Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 8 f.(dirt)
3yos, Purse: $100,000

P BOO
Dominus-Paraiba, by Freud
Owner: Robert Lestz and Gillian & Kirk Harris
Breeder: Spendthrift Farm LLC
Trainer: Kirk Harris
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

2nd
Efforting
Into Mischief-Get Going Bertie, by Carson City
Owner: Fair Grounds Racing Club, Inc.
Breeder: Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

3rd
Bermuda Star
Star Guitar-Bermuda Bride, by Runaway Groom
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Look Into My Eyes Takes Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes

LOOK INTO MY EYES Legends Mademoiselle
C.J. Hernandez brings Look Into My Eyes across the finish line three lengths ahead of the nearest competitor in the Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle S. at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography

 

Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 5.5 f.(dirt)
3yo/up, fillies and mares, Purse: $100,000

LOOK INTO MY EYES
City Zip-Burnished Miss, by Wild Again
Owner: Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti
Breeder: Robert McDowell & Bethe Deal
Trainer: Efren Loza, Jr.
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

2nd
Rach’slastscarf
Half Ours-Madel, by More Than Ready
Owner: HP Thoroughbreds, LLC
Breeder: Sugarland Thoroughbred, LLC
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

3rd
Ramona’s Wildcat
Wildcat Heir-Pretty Indian, by Indian Charlie
Owner: W.C. Racing Inc.
Breeder: Georgia Farms Inc.
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

Pacific Pink Wins Louisiana Legends Distaff

PACIFIC PINK Legends Distaff
Pacific Pink with Colby Hernandez aboard wins the Louisiana Legends Distaff Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.

 

Louisiana Legends Distaff Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 8.5 f (dirt)
3yo/up, fillies and mares, Purse $100,000

PACIFIC PINK
Private Vow-Truly Romantic, by Robyn Dancer
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

2nd
Zarb’s Brite Lite
Zarbyev-Steve’s Bride Lite, by Father Steve
Owner: Shelton J. Zenon, Jr.
Breeder: Robert Hewlett
Trainer: Shelton J. Zenon, Jr.
Jockey: Jared Journet

3rd
Castle Zip
Castle Berry Road-Go Zippy Go, by Vilzak
Owner: Danny M. and Donna B. Brown
Breeder: Danny M. and Donna B. Brown
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: K.D. Clark

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Will Award Scholarships at Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs

(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Legends Night will take place Saturday, July 8, at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in Opelousas, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The drawings will be between the fifth and sixth races in the winners circle. The races begin at 5:50 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 4:50 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. at the designated registration booth.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2017.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present at the drawing location to win.
  • Must have university ID number or Social Security number.

 

The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to continue making an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

The Louisiana Legends Night annual event features six stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and total purse money of $600,000. The highlight of the evening will be the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic for 3-year-olds and up competing at 1-1/16 miles.

 

Legends Night 7/8/2017      
Louisiana Legends Classic 3+ La bred 1m 1/16 $100,000 G
Louisiana Legends Distaff FM3+ La bred 1m 1/16 $100,000 G
Louisiana Legends Sprint 3+ La bred 5 1/2f $100,000 G
Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle FM3+ La bred 5 1/2f $100,000 G
Louisiana Legends Cheval 3 YR La bred 1m $100,000 G
Louisiana Legends Soiree F 3YR La bred 1m $100,000 G

 

 

For more information please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.

Efforting Wins Acadiana Stakes

EFFORTING

Acadiana Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 6-2-17, 7f
Three-Year-Old Fillies, Purse: $50,000

EFFORTING
Into Mischief-Get Going Bertie, by Carson City
Owner: Fair Grounds Racing Club, Inc.
Breeder: Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Trainer: Allbert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: C.J Hernandez

2nd
Rose Guitar
Star Guitar-Rose Hunter, by Jade Hunter
Owner: Oak Leaf T.C. LP
Breeder: Oak Leaf Farm TCLP
Trainer: Jose R. Mendez
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
Red La Rosa
Harborage-Ziarita, by Maria’s Mon
Owner: Sandra Domiano
Breeder: Royal B. Kraft Sr.
Trainer: Corale A. Richards
Jockey: E Nieves

 

The $50,000 Acadiana Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs was run Friday.June 2 at Evangeline Downs. Efforting was sent off as the 7-5 betting favorite and lived up to that support by drawing off to a 3-1/2 length victory in a final time of 1:24.81. She settled nicely in behind the pacesetting Molly Rules at the outset. Molly Rules set a decent pace of 23.27 seconds for the quarter and 46.76 for the half, but once the field made the stretch, jockey Colby Hernandez moved Efforting to the front and she never looked back.

Efforting is a 3-year-old filly bred in Louisiana by Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc. She is owned by Fair Grounds Racing Club, Inc. She is by Into Mischief and out of the Carson City mare, Get Going Bertie.

 

 

PACIFIC PINK WEARS DOWN COMPETITION IN SPOTTED HORSE STAKES

PACIFIC PINK

Spotted Horse Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 6-2-17, 1 Mile
Three-Year-Old & Upwards Fillies and Mares, Purse: $75,000

PACIFIC PINK
Private Vow-Truly Romantic, by Robyn Dancer
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: C.J Hernandez

2nd
Sunny Oak
Giant Oak-Heckuva Time, by Gilded Time
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Breeder: Jeff Wahman & Darlene Wahman
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: E. Nieves

3rd
Vieja Luna
Street Hero-Amaday, by Dayjur
Owner: Juan Francisco Landaeta
Breeder: Fernandez-Robles Family Trust & Flying HStables
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: R. Morales

Pacific Pink led a one-two charge for owner Keith Plaisance and trainer Edward Johnston in the $75,000 Spotted Horse Stakes at Evangeline Downs on Friday night, June 2nd. Plaisance also owns and Johnston also trains the runner-up in the race, Sunny Oak. Pacific Pink was ridden to victory by Colby Hernandez, who also captured the $50,000 Acadiana Stakes on Friday with Efforting for trainer Al Stall, Jr.

The character of the Spotted Horse Stakes changed significantly right at the start when the Steve Asmussen trainee, Danzatrice, unseated rider Gerard Melancon, who was able to walk away from the incident under his own power. Vieja Luna set a solid pace through early fractions of 23.46 seconds for the quarter and 47.10 for the half, while tracked by Sunny Oak and Steel Cut. As the field entered the stretch, Sunny Oak assumed the lead under Emanuel Nieves, but Pacific Pink was moved into the clear on the outside by Colby Hernandez and she charged to a convincing victory by 2-3/4 lengths. Sunny Oak out-finished Vieja Luna for second. The final time for the one mile over the fast track was 1:38.08.

Pacific Pink is a 5-year-old mare by Private Vow and is out of the Robyn Dancer mare, Truly Romantic. She was bred in Louisiana by Brandon Adcock.