Tensas Gray Girl grabs upset in the Hallowed Dreams Stakes

OPELOUSAS – Tensas Gray Girl ($52.40) upset the applecart in the $62,230 Hallowed Dreams Stakes at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Saturday evening.

Biding her time in the early stages under jockey Edwin Maldonado, the three-year-old Louisiana-bred filly closed determinedly while racing wide in the final quarter-mile en route to a one-length victory over Diamondaire and Queen Rolex. The running time for the 5 1/2 furlongs was 1:05 2/5 on a track labeled fast.

Roseaguska, who was also reserved off the field in the early going rallied in the stretch to finish fourth. Elocution, the prohibitive favorite at odds of fifty cents on the dollar, faded badly after facing heavy pace pressure thru the early fractions of 22 1/5 and 46 2/5 eventually checking in fifth, beaten more than six lengths. Purely Class and Steamy Ridge rounded out the complete order of finish.

Tensas Gray Girl, a daughter of Ide out of the Cozzene mare Cool Kiss, earned $38,100 for the win, her second win in four starts. She is owned by the Riceland Racing Stables LLC and is trained by the veteran conditioner Enis Mouton. The winner’s prize of $38,100 more than doubled her previous lifetime earnings of $26,970.

Devereux wins Inaugural Stakes

Devereux ($3.60) pulled clear in the final furlong to win the $62,230 Inaugural Stakes at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Friday evening. Benefiting from a perfect stalking trip behind pacesetters Bluehard and Fiery Choice, the three-year-old Florida-bred son of Forestry rallied to the front in mid-stretch under jockey Donnie Meche en route to a 2 1/2 length victory.

Bluehard, who set a pressured pace of 22 3/5 & 45 4/5, gamely held on to finish second, a length in front of Fiery Choice. Turnleftatthelight checked in fourth, followed by Smith B Quick in fifth. Stablemates Inca River and Addicted Bay rounded out the order of finish. The winning time was 1:10 1/5 for the six furlongs on a track labeled fast.

Devereux, a home-bred daughter out of the Mr. Prospector mare Born Perfect, earned more than $38,000 for the win and increased his lifetime earnings to $105,760. This was his third win and first stakes score in seven career starts. He’s owned by the Padua Stables and is trained by Steve Asmussen.

Racing continues on a Wednesday thru Saturday schedule with a post time of 6:20 p.m. each evening.

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