(Edited press release)
Anna Roberts of Franklinton, La. became the fifth graduate of the North American Racing Academy to win a race when she rode King of Mardi Gras to victory at Evangeline Downs April 29.
Roberts rallied from seventh place on the backstretch and drew off to win the five-furlong race by 4 1/2 lengths.
“Winning was so awesome,” said Roberts. “I was the favorite the whole week, which adds to the pressure, but I knew my horse well and knew he could deliver.”
Roberts, 20, came to Kentucky in 2006 to study at NARA under the tutelage of Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron.
The April 29 race was Roberts’ fourth career mount, the first three coming two weeks prior. Roberts follows fellow NARA graduates Mikey James, Matt and Mike Straight, and Jackie Davis into the winner’s circle.
Roberts will race again in mid May in Louisiana.