John Franks Memorial 2YO Sale Has 134 Horses

Stemmans Inc. has cataloged 134 horses for the John Franks Memorial sale of 2-year-olds in training at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in Louisiana.

The ninth edition of the auction will be held March 20, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (CDT), in the Evangeline Downs Event Center located adjacent to the racing paddock. An under-tack show is scheduled for March 19 at noon.

“Despite the current economy, we are cautiously optimistic about this year’s sale,” Stemmans president Charlotte Stemmans Clavier said in a statement. “While the majority of the youngsters are registered Louisiana-bred horses, there are also several up for auction from Kentucky, Texas, and New York.

“I truly believe this year’s sale has something for everyone. With the racino-infused purses and with the turf course now in place at Evangeline Downs, the consignors have responded with an overall upgrade in quality as well as the introduction of some serious turf-oriented stallions and broodmare families, which in my opinion will give the horsemen more options as they look to restock and retool their respective stables in preparation for the upcoming spring/summer meet at Evangeline Downs.”

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