Classify wins the Tellike Stakes at Evangeline Downs
Opelousas – Classify ($4.20) recorded a popular victory in the $60,000 Tellike Stakes at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Saturday evening. Receiving a perfect tracking trip behind early pacesetters Carson City Babe and Polyhymnia, the four-year-old Kentucky bred daughter of Unbridled’s Song surged to the front at the top of the stretch and after opening a clear lead had more than enough left in the tank to hold off the late charge of Precious Kiss to win by 3/4’s of a length under jockey Donnie Meche.
The running time was 1:10 2/5 for the six furlongs on a track labeled fast.
Doyouwanttodance, making her first start in more than two months, rallied well in the final stages to finish third, followed by Ruling Class. Carson City Babe and Polyhymnia, who vied for the lead thru fractions of 21 3/5 & 45, tired from their early efforts and finished fifth & sixth respectively.
Classify, trained by Steve Asmussen earned $36,000 for the win and increased her lifetime earnings to $161,710. This was the sixth career win and second stakes victory (she captured the Spring Fever at Oaklawn Park in March) for the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC homebred out of the Olympio mare Classic Olympio.