News - Racing December  3, 2022

Mpshinning Gets Another Stakes Win In Sam's Town at Evangeline

Mpshinning (pink blinkers) defeats D Cosmic Cartel (#1) and Dirtwater Dash (blue helmet) in the $25,000 Sam's Town Stakes Thursday night at Evangeline Downs.

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OPELOUSAS, LA—DECEMBER 30, 2021—Mpshinning, a multiple graded stakes winner, got his sixth career stakes victory on Thursday night when he got up at the wire to win the $35,000 Sam's Town Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Longshot D Cosmic Cartel (60-1) and post-time favorite Dirtwater Dash dead-heated for second in the blanket-finish.

Under jockey Nestor Duran, Mpshinning completed the 350 yards task in :17.576 seconds, equaling a 93 speed index into a 7 mph headwind. It was the 11th career win for the son of All American Futurity(G1) winner Mr Piloto and the $21,000 winner's purse boosted his bankroll to $850,025.

Trainer Erika Huitron saddled the 5-year-old horse for owner Larry Boudreaux. Donna and Jon McPherson bred Mpshinning from the First To Shine mare Shinningperrydash.

The winning connections of Mpshinning accept the Sam's Town Stakes trophy at Evangeline Downs.
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D Cosmic Cartel and Dirtwater Dash split second and third place money to earn $3,875 each.

Javier Contreras trains D Cosmic Cartel for owner-breeder Guillermo Herrera. Arturo Alvarez rode the son of champion sire The Louisiana Cartel from the Oak Tree Special mare Special Love Shack. He has earned $74,202 in 10 career starts.

Coming off back-to-back wins, including the restricted Grade 3 Louisiana Champions Day Derby in his last start, Dirtwater Dash races for owner Rosendo Valdez and is conditioned by Rosendo Valdez, Jr. Everardo Rodriguez rode the Sir Runaway Dash gelding out of Dashin Kate Perry by Dashin Bye. Bred by Michael Carlton, Dirtwater Dash has earned $129,463.

Mpshinning rewarded backers with payouts of $15.20 to win, $4.80 to place and $4 to show. In the dead-heat for place, D Cosmic Cartel returned $12.40 to place and $17.80 to show, with Dirtwater Dash paying $2.10 and $2.20.

Famous Chief, One Fast Perry, Tuckers Prize, Jess B One, Grace Of Monaco, Tee Britt and Kk Blue Wagon completed the field.

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Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Evangeline Downs is located in Opelousas, Louisiana, off I-49 on Cresswell Lane at Exit 18.

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