Evangeline Closes With Handle Up
Track closes meet with handle up double digits.
December 22, 2014
Evangeline Downs wrapped up its 46-day American Quarter Horse season on Saturday, December 20, with total daily average handle coming in at $300,944 for the meet, compared to $255,968 for 2013, a 17.5 percent increase per day.
Chris Warren, Director of Racing Operations at both Evangeline Downs and sister track Delta Downs said, “Changes in our stake program along with strong support from our horsemen enabled us to offer more competitive and exciting race cards to the fans.”
On closing night, the Craig Lauger owned Zoomin Baby won the $216,650 Evangeline Downs Futurity. The gelding was trained by Michael Taylor with leading jockey at the meet John Hamilton aboard. The EVD Derby was won by Cartels Fortune owned by the well-respected Rodney Verret and trained by the meet’s leading trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr. Cartels Fortune was ridden to the nose victory by Patrick Watson.
Three other stakes were contested on closing night. The $25,000 IP 870 was won by David Lee Vance’s Keepn It Kool trained by Danny Eldridge and ridden by John Hamilton. The $20,000 Blue Chip Starter was won by First Prize Copy trained by Martin Trejo and the exciting $25,000 Sam’s Town stakes was won by new track record holder Dashin Brown Streak trained by Macias Lopez and ridden by all-time leading Quarter Horse rider G. R. Carter Jr. Dashin Brown Streak stopped the clock in :17.235 for the 350 yards.
The leading owner title at the meet ended in a tie, as both Joan Rood and Geral Dewitt each had eight wins.
Live Racing returns to Evangeline Downs with the Thoroughbreds next spring. The 2015 season, which will include 84 days of live racing, will begin on opening night, April 8, and run through August 29.
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