News - Racing October  24, 2021

Financial Top Surprises in Evangeline Downs 550 Handicap

Financial Top (#3) holds off Th Maverick (#7) and Eagle Deluxe (#8) in a blanket finish to the $20,000 Evangeline Downs 550 Handicap Saturday night at Evangeline Downs.

OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 14, 2019—At 20-1, Financial Top went wire-to-wire in determined drive under jockey Luis Vivanco to defeat Th Maverick by a head in the $20,000 Evangeline Downs 550 Handicap Saturday night. Eagle Deluxe finished a neck back in third.

Saddled by trainer Adrian Huitron, Financial Top completed the 550 yards in :27.302 seconds, equaling a 98-speed index, to pickup the winner's purse valued at $12,000. It was the eighth career win in 19 starts for the son of leading sire Heza Fast Dash.

Financial Top races for owners Karla Diaz and Gerardo Prado. Bred in Arizona by H & H Racing, Inc., from the Mr Jess Perry mare Financial Leverage, Financial Top has banked $50,910.

The winning connections of Financial Top accept the Evangeline Downs 550 Handicap stakes trophy.
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Runner-up Th Maverick races for owner Adriana Moreira and is trained by Xavier Alonzo. Bobby D. Cox bred the 5-year-old American Runaway gelding in Texas from the Mr Jess Perry mare Shes Jess Special. Ridden by jockey Ricardo Hernandez, Jr., Th Maverick earned $4,000 to bring his total to $37,005.

Making his first start for owner David Dunn, Eagle Deluxe picked up $2,200 for third. M. Heath Taylor trains the son of leading sire One Dashing Eagle from the Corona Cartel mare Corona Deluxe. Grant Farms LLC is the breeder.

Favorite Kool Cartel, Stone Cold Leader, Flash Moonfire, Tdz Going Nuts, Racing Kane, Jw Losin Control and Ellepradas Jumbo Jet completed the field.

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