Inaugural $400,000 EVD Turf sprints garners 41 nominations
Multiple-stakes winner Ben’s Cat and Twin Spires Handicap winner Marchman are among 41 of the nation’s top turf sprinters nominated to the inaugural running of the $300,000 EVD Turf Sprint, on Saturday, June 21 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel in Opelousas, Louisiana.
The Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint, the richest thoroughbred race in the 49-year history of Evangeline Downs Racetrack will be run at the distance of 5 furlongs on the turf, and is the centerpiece of a special mid-afternoon program that will begin at 3:40 p.m. CST.
Turf Sprint Day will feature a total of five stakes races, including the $100,000 Evangeline Mile for 3-year-olds and up, and the $100,000 Opelousas Stakes for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up going 1 & 1/16th miles on the Turf. The Lafayette & Acadiana Stakes are for three-year-olds and three-year-old fillies, both at the distance of 7 furlongs on the main track round out the black type events on the historic afternoon of racing.
Nominees in order of career earnings along with trainer and owner:
Ben’s Cat - $610,700 - King T. Leatherbury - The Jim Stable
Delaunay - $513,138 - Tom Amoss - Maggi Moss
Heitai - $391,220 - Karl Broberg - Rowell Enterprises, Inc.
Marchman - $313,854 - Bret Calhoun - Martin Racing Stable LLC
Lemon Drop Dream - $302,930 - Steve Asmussen - Mike McCarty
Stormofthecentury - $278,996 - Louis Ruberto Jr. - Beechwood Racing Stable LLC
Wicked Tune - $228,175 - Jane Cibelli - Patricia Generazio
Triumph and Song - $225,776 - Karl Broberg - H and H Ranch
Sum of the Parts - $219,156 - Tom Amoss - Klaravich Stables, Inc
Gantry - $218,286 – Ron Faucheux – Brittlyn Stable Inc.
Sweet Swap - $210,180 – John Sadler – Hronis Racing LLC
Chips All In - $196,604 – Jeff Mullins – Everest, O’Brien, Valdez, Turpin et al.
Rosengold - $188,520 – Julio Canani – William Currin
Solar Charge - $171,417 – Ellen Williams, Carolyn Barnett & David and Lana Alford
Horizontalyspeakin – $170,980 – John Sadler – Hronis Racing LLC
Something Extra - $167,000 – Gail Cox – Menary, John and Cox, Gail
Havelock - $160,634 – Darrin Miller – Silverton Hill LLC
Bold Thunder - $157,110 – Patricia Farro – Andrew Sulley
Snappy Girl - $145,710 – Karl Broberg, Jerry Namy
Unitas - $141,350 – Brett Brinkman – P. Dale Ladner
County Lineman - $139,939 – Vladimir Cerin – Holly and David Wilson
Knockitdownhard - $137,620 – Joey Foster – William Harris and Donald Guinn
Redhotrush - $123,030 – Tommy Delahoussaye – Roy Cobb
Rhetorical - $122,133 – Chris Hartman – Craig Drago
No Silent - $110,102 – Gary Mandella – Double JH Stable, Inc
Positive Side - $99,678 – Grant Forster – Team Forster 131, LLC
Pathway To Yes - $88,690 – Dan Blacker – Harris Farms, Inc
Whiskey Bravo - $87,920 – Corale Richards – Courtney Barousse & Corale Richards
Berlino Di Tiger (BRZ) - $87,164 – Eduardo Caramori – Stud Sampaio LLC
Nubin Ridge - $84,251 – Merrill Scherer – Daniel Lynch & Merrill Scherer
Midnight Transfer - $83,680 – Carla Gaines – Warren Williamson
Artest - $79,600 – Kristin Mulhall – Dennis Narlinger
The Absolute One - $77,205 – Tom Amoss – Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc
Pure Tactics - $76,748 – Doug O’Neill – Nita Winner, LLC
Anyriderill Do - $66,251 – Ronny Werner – Lael Stables, Werner, Stroope, Green
Fiaker - $64,403 – Carol Constantine – Bojangles Stables, LLC
Sir Trent - $55,228 – Shane Wilson – Richard Tepera
Wino - $54,180 – Martin Meza – Darlene Meza
Regal Empire - $51,390 – Shane Wilson – John & Sharon Lindley
Fast Keyner - $44,176 – Jarmondrick Broussard – Kash McMahon
Smoke It Right - $41,010 – Benard Chatters, Rand Metoyer & Benard Chatters
The rich program will also feature an All-Stakes Pick 4 that will have a guaranteed pool of $100,000.
Heading the list of nominees is Ben’s Cat, an 18-time stakes winner and earner of more than $1.96 million for Hall of Fame trainer King T. Leatherbury and owner The Jim Stable. The now 8 year-old gelding showed that he is still at the top of his game as he easily captured the Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico Race Course on Black-Eyed Susan day for his 26th career win from 39 starts.
Among the many other highly accomplished sprinters are trainer Bret Calhoun’s Marchman, a winner of back-to-back Grade 3 Turf Sprints this Spring in the Shakertown at Keeneland and the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. Trainer Tom Amoss conditions a pair of nominees in Grade 2 winner Delaunay and Grade 3 winner Sum of the Parts who have amassed more than $910,000 and $810,000 in career earnings, respectively.
In addition to the above named runners, seven other nominees are Graded Stakes winners along with several more listed stakes winners. Topping the local contingent is Heitai, a winner of five-of-six starts in 2014, all of them stakes events including the recent Need for Speed, the local prep for this event, also at the distance of five furlongs on the turf.
Entries for the $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint will be taken on Tuesday, June 17.
Live thoroughbred racing occurs every Wednesday-Saturday with a 5:40 p.m. first post time.