AMERICIUM WINS THE OPELOUSAS STAKES
FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018
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AMERICIUM TAKES THE $50,000 OPELOUSAS STAKES AT EVANGELINE DOWNS
STAKES VICTORY IS ONE OF FOUR WINS ON THE FRIDAY PROGRAM FOR LEADING JOCKEY TIM THORNTON
OPELOUSAS, LA – Americium made her Evangeline Downs debut a memorable one on Friday night, winning the $50,000 Opelousas Stakes by 1-1/4 lengths. She surged ahead in the stretch and finished the one-mile distance in a final time of 1:37.76 over the firm turf course.
Mi Copa Rebosa, a 28-1 longshot, was the story of the early part of the Opelousas Stakes, taking the lead right out of the gate. She maintained that advantage through a quarter-mile of 25.18 seconds and a half-mile of 50.23. In fact, Mi Copa Rebosa was still in front as the field made the top of the stretch. However, Americium had been in second during the early fractions and jockey Tim Thornton sent her alongside the leader once the field was in the stretch. She then finished strongly to record her second career stakes victory. Holiday’s Angel, who had a ground-saving trip on the rail, finally passed a stubborn Mi Copa Rebosa in the final strides and finished second.
Americium was sent off as the 4-5 betting favorite and returned $3.80 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.60 to show. Holiday’s Angel paid $7.80 to place and $5.20 to show, while the pace-setting Mi Copa Rebosa paid $6.60 to show.
Americium was bred in Kentucky by Jose Luis Espinoza, is owned by M & M Racing and trained by Karl Broberg. The 4-year-old filly is by Brilliant Speed and is out of the Big Brown mare, Sweet Maple. She has won eight of 17 lifetime starts and the $30,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $170,361.
Live racing at Evangeline Downs will resume on Saturday night with a nine-race program. The featured event will be the $50,000 John Henry Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1-1/16 miles on the turf. Post time on Wednesday will be 5:50 pm Central Time.
For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.
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