Hernandez & Broberg top Standings at Thoroughbred Season
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014
Hernandez and Broberg top standings at 2014 Thoroughbred Season at Evangeline Downs
Opelousas, Louisiana-Colby Hernandez and Karl Broberg topped the jockey and trainer’s standings at the recently concluded 84-night Spring/Summer Thoroughbred Season at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel. Both Hernandez and Broberg led the standings in total wins and purse money earned.
From a race-riding family that includes older brother B. J., younger sister Courtney, and father Brian, 2014 has been a breakout year for the 25-year-old native of Lafayette, La. as Colby not only earned his second leading rider title (having led the standings in 2008) at Evangeline Downs, but also recorded his 1,000th career victory back in March at Delta Downs. Hernandez won at a rate of 23% while visiting the winner’s circle a total of 120 times from 530 mounts during the 84-night season en route to amassing more than $1.81 million in purse earnings. Veteran reinsman Joe Patin Jr. was a distant second behind Hernandez with 95 victories and purse earnings of $1.61 million. Diego Saenz, the leading rider the past three seasons, was atop the leaderboard when he suffered a knee injury in July, and ended up in the third spot with totals of 72 wins and $1.53 million in purse earnings from only 300 mounts.
In the trainer’s race, it was once again no race at all as Karl Broberg and his stable scored at a 29% clip and easily notched his 4th consecutive training title here in Cajun Country. The 43-year-old Arlington, TX resident recorded 66 wins including the meet’s biggest race, the $300,000 EVD Turf Sprint with Heitai en route to purse earnings of more than $1.2 million. Keith Bourqeois, a multiple former leading trainer here at Evangeline, has a strong season with 51 wins and $723,000 in purses earned. Despite hitting at just 1% below Broberg, Bourgeois could not keep pace in the final stages of the season and settled for the runner-up position, a spot he has held for 3 of the past 4 seasons. Scotty Gelner, a second generation horseman was third in the final standings with totals of 31 wins and $419,000 in purse earnings.
Heitai, the Frank and Barbara Rowell homebred son of Fusaichi Pegasus, won all three of his starts at the meet, including the EVD Turf Sprint, the Need for Speed Stakes, and the Louisiana Legends Night Sprint en route to being named Horse–of-the-Meet. Ridden by Diego Saenz, the gelding earned more than $275,000 for his three local victories.
Racing will resume at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel with the 2014 fall Quarter Horse Season on Wednesday, October 1. The season will consist of 46 exciting nights of racing, primarily on a four-evening-a-week schedule, Wednesday thru Saturday with a first post of 5:45 P.M. Central Time.
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