News - Racing October  26, 2021

The Cazador Takes Command In Scoopies Leaving You Stakes

The Cazador, under jockey Gilbert Ortiz, splashes home in the $30,000 Scoopies Leaving You Stakes at Evangeline Downs Saturday.

© Coady Photography

OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 19, 2020—Post-time favorite The Cazador took command early then held a half-length lead over Jj Chris S Angel to win the $30,000 Scoopies Leaving You Stakes Saturday at Evangeline Downs.

Under jockey Gilbert Ortiz, The Cazador completed the 220 yards over a sloppy (sealed) racetrack in :11.774 seconds, equaling a 94 speed index into a 10 mph crosswind. Sir Runaway Dash to his 10th win in 28 career starts. The $18,000 winner's purse boosted his bankroll to $243,195.

Rayne Knight owns the multiple stakes winning gelding out of Told Ya by Toast To Dash. Zingelmann and Curtis Crewnwelge is the breeder.

The winning connections of The Cazador accept the Scoopies Leaving You Stakes trophy Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. © Coady Photography
Runner-up Jj Chris S Angel chased throughout under jockey Raul Ramirez, Jr. to finish second and earn $6,000 for owner Robert Morales.

Santiago Riojas, Jr. saddled the Jet Black Patriot 4-year-old out of the Oak Tree Special mare J J Special Tree. Jack and Jim Berard bred the $78,585 earner.

Graded stakes winner Guidry Pride II finished a neck back to pick up $3,00 for third. Juan Garcia, Jr., had the riding call aboard the son of Sir Runaway Dash for trainer Wendy Garcia.

Five Bar Fast, Sheza Rare Stoli, Escandalo, Hot Prize, Rf Apolliticalcookie, Eyeondaprize and Fixin Too completed the field.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

For more information on the American Quarter Horse season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track's website at Evangeline Downs' Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at

About Evangeline Downs
Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel is owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation, a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Boyd Gaming press releases are available at Additional news and information can be found at, or

Courtesy Ses