News - Racing October  24, 2021

Canselman Edges Clear in $25,000 Faubourg St. Johns Stakes at Evangeline

Canselman, under jockey Luciano Duenez, winning the $25,000 Faubourg St John Stakes at Evangeline Downs Thursday night.

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OPELOUSAS, LA—OCTOBER 22, 2020—In the first stakes race on Thursday night at Evangeline, Canselman defeated Jessi Jam and Louisiana Dressblues to win the $25,000 Faubourg St. Johns Stakes.

Canselman ($6.80) won the 870-yard event by two lengths in 46.166 and earned a 93 speed index. He made his first start off the claim for his connections: owner Miguel Vargas and trainer Rosendo Valdez, Jr. Luciano Duenez had the call.

Prior to his win on Thursday night, Canselman was four for eight lifetime in 870-yard races. He now has seven wins in 15 career starts, with the majority of his $61,450 earnings around the turn. This was his second career stakes win; his first stakes win was in the Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs in January.

Canselman is a 4-year-old Favorite Cartel gelding, bred in California by Dr. Steve Burns, out of the graded-stakes winning mare Fall For It, by Separatist.

The winning connections of Canselman accept the Faubourg St John Stakes trophy Thursday evening at Evangeline Downs. © Coady Photography

Jessi Jam, with C.J. McMahon aboard, dueled around the turn and into the stretch to finish in second place. The 4-year-old filly has finished in the money in five of her six career starts at 770 or longer.

Jessi Jam is owned by Mo Racing and is trained by Kenny Roberts. She was bred in Louisiana by Juan San Miguel, Jr., by Jet Black Patriot and out of Royal Rio Miss, by Royal Sovereign.

Louisiana Dressblues and jockey Juan Garcia, Jr. finished in third place for trainer Trey Ellis after catching a wide trip around the turn. The 5-year-old Jess Louisiana Blue gelding is owned by Wilson One Consulting, LLC. He was bred in Louisiana by Easy Acres Performance Horses, out of Charlomaine, by Meadowlake.

Louisiana Dressblues is a multiple stakes winner, including a win in his most recent start, the Live Oak Stakes, and has won Virgil Bond Stakes for the last two years at Delta. He has earned $171,710 and has only finished in the money in 14 of his 18 career starts.

Completing the field were Desire Astoli, Abygale and Eton. Coastal Confessions and Kw Cowboy were scratched.

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