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OPELOUSAS, LA – The connections of Sir Genghis had to choose between running in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint and the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic tonight at Evangeline Downs. Part-owner and trainer Kirk Harris certainly made the right call as the gelding went right to the lead in the Classic and then withstood a stout challenge from Social Misfit in the final strides to win. The final time for the 1-1/16 miles over the fast main track was 1:43.93, just off the track record for the distance of 1:43.26, set by Friend Of Indy in 2013.

The winner broke well in the field of seven in the Classic and took the lead under jockey Kerwin Clark before the field made the first turn. He received some pressure from longshot Just Stormin through the early fractions of 24.08 seconds for the quarter-mile and 48.01 seconds for the half-mile. Social Misfit made a strong move in the stretch and closed to within a head of Sir Genghis, but just could not get by and had to settle for second. The 5-2 favorite, Classy Bird, was never a factor and finished sixth.

Sir Genghis was bred in Louisiana by Randel Stutes. He is owned by Gillian and Kirk Harris, who is also the trainer. The 6-year-old gelding is by Tale Of The Cat and out of the Unbridled’s Song mare, Staria. The win was the ninth in Sir Genghis’ 36-race career and the $60,000 first-place purse increases his lifetime earnings to $370,212.

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

Tale of the Cat-Staria, by Unbridled’s Song
Owner: Gillian and Kirk Harris
Breeder: Randel Stutes
Trainer: Kirk Harris
Jockey: K.D. Clark

Social Misfit
Porto Forces-Unfriendly Too, by Friendly Lover
Owner: End Zone Athletics, Inc.
Breeder: Earl & Keith Hernandez
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

Just Stormin
Freud-Crypto Cream, by Cryptoclearance
Owner: Charles Carlton
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Trainer: Glenn Delahoussaye
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

Pacific Pink Wins Louisiana Legends Distaff

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

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

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


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

Look Into My Eyes Takes Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes

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

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

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

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


P Boo Successful in Louisiana Legends Soiree

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Jockamo’s Song Wins Louisiana Legends Sprint

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

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


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

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

Mobile Bay Named 2016 Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year at LTBA Annual Awards Banquet


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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