THREE BAR CARTEL FASTEST QUALIFIER FOR EVD DERBY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2018
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THREE BAR CARTEL IS THE FASTEST QUALIFIER FOR THE $159,060 EVANGELINE DOWNS DERBY
TRAINER JOSUE PONCE QUALIFIES THREE FOR THE FINAL ON DECEMBER 15
OPELOUSAS, LA – Three Bar Cartel, a 3-year-old gelding, kept a hot trial weekend going for trainer Josue Ponce at Evangeline Downs after becoming the fastest qualifier for the $159,060 Evangeline Downs Derby on Saturday night. He is one of three qualifiers from the Ponce barn to make the final from the trials run on Saturday night. Three Bar Cartel covered the 400-yards in a final time of 19.61 seconds over the fast track, equaling a speed index of 100.
Three Bar Cartel has already scored some derby success in 2018. He dead-heated for the victory with Eos a Political Win in the $139,300 Retama Park Derby in July. He also is now a perfect 2-for-2 at Evangeline Downs, having won a trial for the 2017 Evangeline Downs Futurity one year ago, also on November 24.
Three Bar Cartel was bred in Oklahoma by Dr. Curtis Smith and owned by Ruben Garcia Montemayor. He is by Capo de Capi and out of the Mr. Eye Opener mare, Eyesa Ridiculous To. The win on Saturday was his sixth career victory from 11 starts. The $3,000 first-place purse he earned on Saturday night increases his lifetime earnings to $211,909.
Trainer Josue Ponce not only had the fastest qualifier for the Evangeline Downs Derby this weekend, he also qualified the fastest qualifier for the Evangeline Downs Futurity on Friday night. Jordan Eagle very nearly set a track record while establishing the fastest time from the 11 trials run for the futurity. Both fastest qualifiers were ridden to victory by Jesse Levario.
Each of the seven Evangeline Downs Derby trials offered a purse of $5,000 and the final will offer a purse of $159,060 with the winner earning $79,530. It will be one of four finals to be run on Saturday, December 15 at Evangeline Downs.
Listed below are the 10 finalists for the Evangeline Downs Derby, along with their connections.
HORSE TIME JOCKEY TRAINER
- Three Bar Cartel 19.610 Jesse Levario Josue Ponce
- Jess Adalida 19.631 Manuel Gutierrez Josue Ponce
- Racanteur 19.705 Manuel Gutierrez Jorge Gonzalez
- Zathuras Patriot 19.740 Luis Ruiz Jose Garcia
- Wrs Quick Jess 19.758 Noe Castaneda Eduardo Morales
- The Red Rocket 19.784 Gilbert Ortiz John Stinebaugh
- Stone Cold Leader 19.806 Roalndo Pina Joe M. Davis
- Sr Shambles 19.817 Jesse Levario Josue Ponce
- Pycs Crock Of Cash 19.822 Floriberto Maldonado Eliseo Celestino
- Ls Concho 19.893 John Hamilton Oscar Nunez
Racing will resume at Evangeline Downs on Wednesday night with a nine-race program. Post time on Wednesday will be 5:35 pm Central Time.
For more information on the American Quarter Horse 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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