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

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

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

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.




Efforting Wins Acadiana Stakes

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

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

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

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

Louisiana’s 2016 3YO Champion filly, Big World (Custom For Carlos-Tensas Wedding Joy), won the prestigious  $300,000  La Troienne Stakes Presented by Spirited Funds (G1) at Churchill Downs May 5.


The Tom Amoss-trained Big World showcased her improving ability and mettle. The Maggi Moss colorbearer carved out early fractions of :23.75 and :48.28 and kept on finding more, refusing to let Romantic Vision by in the stretch. She captured the 1 1/16-mile test by 1 1/4 lengths on the undercard of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). 


Amoss says of the win, “I classify Big World’s win in the G1 LaTroienne as one of the biggest thrills of my training career and believe I can speak for Maggie [Moss] when I say it was one of her biggest thrills in racing.”


He goes onto say “I credit the Louisiana Bred racing program and how Big World was able to build confidence through the winter before having to face Grade 1 competition.”


Under her previous trainer, Tony Dutrow, Big World hinted at what she was capable of, most notably when she captured the 2015 edition of the Tempted Stakes (G3) in her fourth start. Since being transferred to Amoss by owner Maggie Moss last year, the solidly built filly quietly racked up three wins on the Louisiana circuit and headed into the La Troienne off a win in a 1 1/16 mile allowance race at Oaklawn Park March 30.


Bred in Louisiana by Curt Leake and Elm Tree Farm (Michelle and Jody Huckabay), Big World became the first grade 1 winner for her sire, who stands at Clear Creek Stud. She improved her record to seven wins from 11 starts with $608,820 in earnings. 


Big World is the first Louisiana-bred G1 winner since Happy Ticket (Anet) won the 2005 G1 Ballerina Stakes.


Custom For Carlos is the first Louisiana stallion to sire a G1 winner in over 25 years. Free Spirit’s Joy (Joey Bob) won the 1991 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, which at the time was a million dollar G1 Stakes.


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Equine Sales Derby
Evangeline Downs, 5-6-16, 8.5f (dirt)
Three-Year-Olds, Purse: $60,000

Private Vow–Whitewashed, by Broad Brush
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Breeder: J. Adcock
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Kerwin D. Clark

Paddy O’Lionel
Paddy O’Prado–Dana’s Lucky Lady, by Lucky Lionel
Owner: Phyllis J. Hodges
Breeder: Sugarland Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: James E. Hodges
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Cash First
Quality Road–Financingavailable, by Kiridashi
Owner: LA Bred Equine Enterprises, LLC
Breeder: LA Bred Equine Enterprises, LLC
Trainer: Ray Sibille
Jockey: Gerard Melancon




OPELOUSAS, LA – It was quite a first weekend in May for the Brittlyn Stable, Inc. ownership of Evelyn Benoit. They first won the $60,000 Equine Sales Oaks on Friday with Bermuda Star and they doubled down on that by winning the $60,000 Equine Sales Derby with Magic Vow on Saturday night. Magic Vow earned a convincing 4-3/4 length victory in a final time of 1:46.04 for the 1 1/16 miles over a fast track.

Magic Vow settled in at the rail in the early stages as a 45-1 longshot, They Call Me Seb and the 3-5 favorite, Sheer Mayhem dueled through early fractions of 24.19 seconds for the quarter-mile and 48.97 for the half-mile. Magic Vow continued to make steady progress on the rail and overtook Sheer Mayhem at the top of the stretch and drew away to win easily. Paddy O’Lionel also rallied up the inside to take second and Cash First rallied from last early on to finish third.

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Equine Sales Oaks
Evangeline Downs, 5-5-17, 8.5f (dirt)
Three-Year-Old Fillies, Purse $60,000

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

Madame Begue
Afleet Alex–More Angels, by Slew of Angels
Owner: Mintmere Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Summergrove Farm & Terry Gabriel
Trainer: Glenn Delahoussaye
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

Red La Rosa
Harborage–Ziarita, by Maria’s Mon
Owner: Sandra Domiano
Breeder: Royal B. Kraft Sr.
Trainer: Corale A. Richards
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez


OPELOUSAS, LA – Bermuda Star has won twice in her brief career, one was a maiden-breaking score on the turf at Fair Grounds in February and the second came Friday night in the $60,000 Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs. On both occasions, Diego Saenz was in the saddle. The Oaks victory was just part of a stellar Friday for the jockey, who won a total of three races on the program.

Bermuda Star was able to relax off of a trio of pacesetters through easy early fractions of 24.26 for the quarter-mile and 48.78 for the half-mile. She advanced nicely on the far turn and was able to take the lead at the top of the stretch. Once Bermuda Star made the lead, she moved toward the rail and momentarily crossed paths with Madame Begue, who was one of the early leaders. Bermuda Star drew off to win by three lengths at the finish in a final time of 1:46.58 for the 1-1/16 miles over the fast track. She did have to survive a steward’s inquiry and rider’s claim of foul to preserve the victory.

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Grande Basin Wins Star Guitar Stakes

Star Guitar Stakes
Fair Grounds, 4-2-17, 8.5f (dirt)
4yo/up, Purse $60,000

Good and Tough–Silver Rail, by Dispersal
Owner: William J. Deckwa, Jr. and John Carbo
Breeder: Coteau Grove Farm
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Miguel Mena

Musket Man–Spaseeba, by Spectacular Bid
Owner: Double Dam Farm LLC
Breeder: James A. Mcgehee Jr.
Trainer: Delmar R. Caldwell
Jockey: Mitchell Murrill

Sir Genghis
Tale of the Cat–Staria, by Unbridled’s Song
Owner: Gillian and Kirk L. Harri
Breeder: Randel Stutes
Trainer: Kirk Harris
Jockey: Kerwin D. Clark


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