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2012 Louisiana Legends Stakes Results

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Star Guitar wins the Louisiana Legends Classic at Evangeline Downs
Date: 06/30/2012

On Saturday, Evangeline Downs hosted the 8th annual Louisiana Legends Night, a series of 8 stakes races for Louisiana-breds. Conditions were excellent at the Opelousas, Louisiana, oval with clear skies and temperatures in the 80's.

The highlight race of the night was the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic, for older horses going 1 1/16 miles. Star Guitar, winner of the last three Legends Classics and the all-time leading Louisiana-bred earner, was sent off as the 7-10 favorite in the field of 5 over 6-5 Get In Da House and 10-1 Productive Envoy. Productive Envoy was sent to the lead by jockey Richard Eramia through fractions of 24.27, 48.92, and 1:13.43 while stalked by 12-1 Heavy on Themister. Entering the stretch, Productive Envoy tired allowing Heavy on Themister to inherit the lead through 1 mile in 1:37.55, but Star Guitar, 3rd early, responded when asked and easily took command late to win by 3/4 length in a new track record time of 1:43.71 over the fast track. It was another length back to Get In Da House third.
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Star Guitar in the winner's circle and post parade. Jockey Gerard Melancon said, "This horse is like riding a sports car, he has so many gears. I kept asking him in the stretch and he kept giving me more and was really striding out in the end. He beat a couple of good horses tonight and he is just a fun horse to ride." Trainer Al Stall Jr. added, "It's turned into a situation where it becomes such an event when he runs, for us at least. The expectations get so high I find myself getting little more nervous than I used to. But he always delivers."

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Ladyzarbridge wins the Louisiana Legends Distaff at Evangeline Downs
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Immediately before the Classic, a field of 7 older fillies and mares contested the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Distaff at 1 mile 70 yards. 14-1 Sea the Stream battled for the lead with 9-5 second choice Ladyzarbridge through fractions of 23.21, 45.87, and 1:10.55 while styalked by even-money favorite Harlie's Dreams. Into the lane, Ladyzarbridge took over the lead, and held off Harlie's Dream to get the win by a head in 1:43.46. It was a long 5 3/4 lengths back to 16-1 Surprise Squall third.

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Kissimmee Kyle (outside) wins the Louisiana Legends Turf Stakes
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A field of 6 older horses contested the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf Stakes at about 1 1 1/16 miles on the turf. 17-1 Classy Deelites opened up a clear lead of as many as 4 lengths with 19-1 longest shot Idefromthebayou sitting second. On the far turn, Classy Deelites tired badly and faded to last. 6-5 faorite Kissimmee Kyle, 4th early, came out 4 wide for room and held off 2-1 second choice Sadie's Soldier to win by a head in 1:41.17 over the firm course. It was a long 4 1/4 lengths back to Idefromthebayou third. Due to a timer malfunction, fractional times are not available and the final time was hand-timed.

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Amanecer de Oro wins the Louisiana Legends Sprint

The $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint featured a field of 7 older horses sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track. Jockey Richard Eramia sent 3-2 favorite Amanecer de Oro to the lead down the backstretch through fractions of 22.06 and 44.84 while stalked by 9-2 Unitas. Into the lane, Amanecer de Oro extended his lead and finished under wraps 4 1/4 lengths in front of 5-2 Pirate Island in 1:03.55. It was another 3/4 length back to Unitas third.

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Top Cat Boogie wins the Louisiana Legends Colts and Geldings Mile

The $100,000 Louisiana Legends Colts and Geldings Mile at 1 mile on the main track originally drew a full field of 12 but after 1 scratch, 11 three-year-olds went to post on Saturday night. Jockey Randall Toups sent 8-5 favorite Top Cat Booge to the lead and he set fractions of 23.39, 46.85, and 1:11.48 while stalked by 48-1 Silent Punch. At the top of the stretch, Silent Punch tired badly as Top Cat Boogie easily drew off to a 4 1/4 length win over late-running 17-1 Four Joes in 1:37.75. It was another 1/2 length back to 2-1 Look at the Time third.

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U Belong to Me wins the Louisiana Legends Ladies Sprint Stakes

A field of 8 older fillies and mares contested the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Ladies Sprint at 5 1/2 furlongs. 7-2 Wire Me Bessie dueled for the lead with 13-1 Izzie's Gold through fractions of 21.77 and 45.10 while stalked by 8-1 Tina Lena Too. 10-1 U Belong to Me, 7th earle, came through between horses late when set to a drive and won by 1 1/4 lengths over 6-1 Warrior Maid in 1:04.52. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to pacesetter Wire Me Bessie third.

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Well's Gold wins the Louisiana Legends Starter Stakes in course record time

The $75,000 Louisiana Legends Starter Stakes featured 11 older horses sprinting 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf. 8-5 favorite Redhotrush was sent to the lead by jockey C.J. McMahon through fractiions of 23.06 and 45.81. On the turn the favorite tired, as 5-1 third choice Well's Gold took command through 3/4 in 1:10.10, drawing off to win by 5 lengths over 10-1 Mr. Porter in a new course record time of 1:28.46. It was a neck back to 13-1 Kiss My Kriss third, while Redhotruch checked in 9th.

Winning owner Melvin Phillips said, "This is the first time Well's Gold has run for a purse of this amount. It's very exciting because this is a first time for me. I've only been in the business for about three years and we started with $30,000."

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Little Ms. Protocol wins the Louisiana Legends Fillies Mile Stakes

Kicking off the stakes action on Saturday night was the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Fillies Mile Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. 7-2 Midge Four set the pace of 23.54, 47.17, and 1:11.78 while 2 lengths in front of 5-1 Little Ms. Protocol. Entering the stretch, jockey Diego Saenz asked Little Ms. Protocol for run and she obliged, taking over the lead at the 3/16 pole and pulling away to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:37.49. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to 11-10 favorite She's Prado's Idol third.

Winning owner Keith Myers said, "We live about 5 miles away from Evangeline Downs and our farm is right behind our house. It is such a big thing for us to win a stakes race of this caliber. It is always a big accomplishment to win a race of this magnitude, but to be able to win a race like this in your hometown makes it really special."

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