Queen Washita Reigns Over EVD Futurity
Saturday’s race at Evangeline Downs also marked the final ride for all-time leading jockey G.R. Carter Jr.
December 19, 2015
Jorge Aguilera’s Queen Washita, the fastest qualifier, sprinted to a one-length victory in Saturday’s 400-yard, $257,650 Evangeline Downs Futurity.
Ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Adrian Huitron, Queen Washita made the distance in :19.930 while earning a 90 speed index and her third win in eight outs and first stakes score. The $128,825 winner’s share of the purse pushed the daughter of champion Inseperable’s bankroll to $142,780.
Queen Washita was bred in Oklahoma by Andrew T. Smith. The filly was coming off of a 2 1/4-length victory in the fourth of nine Evangeline Downs Futurity trials on November 27, and her resume includes a third-place finish in the October 10 Dash For Cash Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Lone Star Park.
The Evangeline Downs Futurity was also the final race in the saddle for G.R. Carter Jr., Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading jockey. Carter road The Valiant Prince, who finished fifth. Earlier this year, Carter announced that he was retiring from race riding to pursue business interests.
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