The $150,000 D. S. "Shine" Young Memorial Futurity headlines the 2006 edition of Louisiana Legends Night to be held at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Saturday evening.
The "Shine" will feature a field of 11 2-year-olds at five furlongs, the richest of 10 stakes events on the program for Louisiana-bred horses. In addition to the "Shine", there are six races worth $75,000, and three starter races with a purse of $40,000.
Trainer Steve Asmussen looks to continue his dominance of the early 2-year-old season in the Young Memorial as he sends out the two probable favorites in Margarita Man and Paljo.
Margarita Man, a son of Mr. Shawklit, has won both of his lifetime starts including the fastest of three trials held on June 9. Owned by the partnership of Denise Morrison and Julie Womack, he has been installed as the 2-1 favorite. Paljo captured his trial by more than 5 ½ lengths and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line.
The $75,000 J. Archie Sebastien Memorial Stakes for older fillies and mares kicks off the stakes events with the streaking Calista Ridge and the ultra consistent Blueyed Lass the likely favorites in the 8.3-furlong race.
Costa Rising, Magic Sunset, and Willtosucceed meet again in the $75,000 B. B. Rayburn Stakes for 3-year-olds going one mile. Costa Rising may go favored after winning his last three starts including the J. Franks Memorial on the grass at Louisiana Downs in May.
Winner of more than $630,000, and a multiple state champion, Vickie Krantz's Destiny Calls is strictly the one to beat in the $75,000 Pierre LeBlanc Memorial Stakes for older fillies and mares at 5 ½ furlongs.
The $75,000 Junius Delahoussaye Memorial Stakes at six furlongs has drawn 11 speed merchants including track record holder and multiple stakes winner All Wired Up. The 4-year-old son of Wire Me Collect has had a sensational winter and spring in which he won three in a row including the Lagniappe Sprint in January for owner Carroll Castille and trainer Brandon Marks.
Hottamolly, in the midst of a three-race winning streak including the Fantasia Stakes in her last start, looms a short priced favorite in the $75,000 Frank A. "Buddy" Abadie Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
The $75,000 Pola Benoit Memorial Stakes for 4-year-olds and up at the distance of 1 1/16 miles is the longest on the card. It has also drawn an evenly matched field of 10 whose combined earnings are approaching $3 million. Witt Ante, back on his favored surface, may be the one to beat. The 6-year-old gelded son of Upping the Ante has won 10 of 33 in his career with nine of those on the main track. $150,000 D. S. "Shine" Young Memorial Futurity (Race 10, 10:25 p.m.), 2-Year-Olds, 5 1/2 Furlongs
No. Horse, Jockey, ML Odds
1. Princess Delite, C.J. Woodley, 6/1
1a. Sugar Bowl Day, Edwin Maldonado, 6/1
2. James of Earlton, Kirk Leblanc, 12/1
2b. Grey Papillon, Marlon St. Julien, 12/1
3. Atta Boy Jake, Kerwin Clark, 4/1
3c. Quieta Saint, Gerard Melancon, 4/1
4. Soda Pop Bandit, Tracey Hebert, 15/1
5. Julie's Red Bandit, Jerri Nichols, 20/1
6. Woozy, Willie Lozano Jr., 8/1
7. Margarita Man, Casey Fusilier, 2/1
8. Paljo, Steve Bourque, 5/2