Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino will once again offer purses totaling more than $925,000 for the ninth edition of Louisiana Legends Night, a 12-race program featuring eight stakes races including seven with a six-figure purse that are restricted to Louisiana-bred horses July 6.
Created during the opening season of racing at the new facility near Opelousas, La., Louisiana Legends Night has solidified itself as the marquee event of the spring/summer Thoroughbred racing season at Evangeline Downs.
Rebeccas Farms & T. J. Dickey's Heavy On Themister, freshened after an uncharacteristically dull effort in the Costa Rising Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in March, looks to bounce back as he returns to his favorite oval and squares off against eleven rivals in the $100,000 Legends Night Classic. After winning the 2012 Evangeline Mile along with a pair of state-bred races before his fifth in the Costa Rising, the Shawn David trainee looked to be the successor to Star Guitar—the four-time Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year and all-time leading money earning Louisiana-bred who was retired last summer.
Heavy On Themister, a 5-year-old Lion Tamer gelding, enters the Classic off a pair of bullet workouts at Evangeline Downs and has been installed as the 5-2 favorite in a field of 12. Rosie Napravnik, who rode him to victory in those two state-bred stakes races over the winter, is in from her summer base of Churchill Downs for the mount.
Racing Secretary Coleman Lloyd said, "We are pleased with the response we've gotten not just from our locally based horsemen but from those stabled elsewhere throughout Louisiana and the Southwest. While we don't have Star Guitar, we have plenty of talented and fast horses and we should see some very exciting and competitive racing."
Carded as the 11th race on the program, the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Night Classic has an approximate post time of 9:50 pm CDT. For the full Louisiana Legends Night card, click here.