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Taylor's Tiger Tops John Franks Sale

Taylor's Tiger, a bay son of Roar of the Tiger, brought $77,000 to top the John Franks Memorial sale of 2-year-olds in training March 22 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in Louisiana. Midwest Thoroughbred purchased the Louisiana-bred colt from Southwind Farm.

Silent Pleasure Repels Bob and John in Texas Mile

Front-running Silent Pleasure took grade I winner Bob and John's best shot in the stretch run of Saturday's $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III), then responded to left-handed urging from jockey Tracy Hebert to record his fourth consecutive stakes victory while making his first start at Lone Star Park.

Lady Tak Lords Over Gallant Bloom

Lady Tak Lords Over Gallant Bloom

The brilliant sprinter Lady Tak, with a confident John Velazquez in the saddle, disposed of pacesetter Molto Vita coming off the turn and cruised to a two-length victory as the heavy favorite in the $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares.

Old Friends Acquires First Horse

Old Friends was formed last year with the intent of retiring and/or bringing home pensioned Thoroughbred stallions and giving the public access to these horses. Ironically the operation's first acquisition, aptly named Narrow Escape, is a 21-year-old mare.

Stakes Purses Increased at Evangeline Downs

When Evangeline Downs opens its season April 1, purses for several stakes races will see noticeable increases, thanks to the positive impact of expanded gaming at the Carencro, La., oval. Most notable is the return to prominence of the Evangeline Mile, which received a $25,0000 increase to make the Aug. 14 race now worth $100,000.

Chatter Chatter Leaves Foes Speechless

Even money choice Chatter Chatter, with Hall of Fame reinsman Jerry Bailey aboard, cruised to a 19 ½-length victory in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Saturday at Calder Race Course.

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