News - Racing December  3, 2022

Smooth Sailing For Five Bar Miracles In The $30,000 Amelia Belle


Five Bar Miracles, under jockey J.R. Ramirez, winning the $30,000 Amelia Belle at Evangeline Downs Friday night.

Coady Photography

OPELOUSAS, LA—OCTOBER 14, 2022—Five Bar Miracles rocketed away from the gate and was never challenged in winning the $30,000 Amelia Belle at Evangeline Downs Friday night. 

The stakes for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three-years-old and up that have not previously won a sweepstakes, was contested over a fast track at the distance of 350 yards.

Breaking smoothly under jockey J.R. Ramirez, Five Bar Miracles had plenty of clear racetrack to get into stride.  Five Bar Joy, Louisiana Tequila and RM Super Angel were also away well, while heavily favored San Lorenzo Dash hopped at the start and was slightly brushed to hinder her chances.

The winning connections of Five Bar Miracles accept the Amelia Belle Stakes trophy at Evangeline Downs Friday night. © Coady Photography

Five Bar Miracles steadily pulled away in the run to the wire to win by a convincing margin of 1-1/4 lengths.

Five Bar Miracles, owned and trained by Mark Kendrick, covered the distance in a time of 17.421 seconds.  RM Super Angel chased the winner home and finished another three-quarter lengths ahead of Louisiana Tequila.  The winner earned a speed index of 96 in the victory.

Five Bar Miracles earned $18,000 for the victory, the third from an 18 start career.  The winning purse increased her lifetime earnings to $96,883.

Bred in Louisiana by James Ronald Magnon, Five Bar Miracles is a 5-year old sorrel mare.  Sired by Five Bar Cartel, she is out of the Valid Expectations (TB) mare Expect Miracles (TB).

Runner-up Rm Super Angel earned $5,400 for her second-place effort. Trainer Mario Trujillo, Jr. conditions th e3-yeear-old Super Sonic Patriot filly for owner-breeder Elsa Mendoza. Mario Trujillo had the riding call on the brown filly from the Walk Thru Fire mare Fashion Report. She has banked $45,390 in nine career starts.

Gen Cox's Louisiana Tequila picked up $3,000 for third. Juan Cano saddled The Louisiana Cartel filly out of Newport Lily by Stoli. Harold Jeanotte is the breeder and Juan Garcia, Jr. had the riding call. Louisiana Tequila has earned $94,771 in 11 starts.

Five Bar Miracles returned $13 to win in the mild upset, $6.40 to place and $4.40 to show.  RM Super Angel returned $9 to place and $5.60 to show.  Louisiana Tequila paid $5 to show.

Tf Ms Sweet Mallard, De Tanyas Cartel, San Lorenzo Dash, Fly Bar Joy, Annas T Time, SHes Jess So Special and Xdw Sheez Sweet completed the field.

Live racing resumes on Saturday with a 5:35pm first post.  The Evangeline Downs Quarter Horse season runs through December 20.  

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.

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

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

About Evangeline Downs
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.


Courtesy Ses