Field Set for $162,600 Evangeline Downs Derby

Ivan James is the fastest qualifier to the December 17 final.

Q-Racing Journal

Ivan James is the fastest qualifier to the December 17 Evangeline Downs Derby. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Ivan James, a Grade 2-winning son of Ivory James trained by Jose Sanchez for owner Jorge Meraz, is the fastest qualifier to the December 17, $162,600 Evangeline Downs Derby.

Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr., Ivan James won the second of eight 400-yard trials on Saturday, as the colt stopped the timer in :19.553 for his fifth victory in nine outs. Ivan James has earned $398,817, and his resume includes a win in last year's Grade 2, 330-yard Sam Houston Futurity.

Ivan James was bred by Meraz in Oklahoma.

Second-fastest qualifier Politically Corrupt won the final heat in :19.570. Manual Gutierrez rode the Apollitical Jess gelding for owner Double H Racing Investment LLC and trainer Jose Sanchez.

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