News - Racing December  3, 2022

One Fast Cajun Dominates Races And Aces Stakes at Evangeline Downs

One Fast Cajun, under jockey Ubaldo Luna, easily winning the $35,000 Races And Aces Stakes on Saturday at Evangeline Downs.

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OPELOUSAS, LA—OCTOBER 29, 2022— One Fast Cajun was exactly that in a dazzling performance winning the $35,000 Races and Aces Stakes at Evangeline Downs Saturday night.  The stakes for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward was contested over the distance of 870 yards on a track rated fast.

Sharp away from the gate under jockey Ubaldo Luna, One Fast Cajun was joined in an early tussle with Sarahs Patriot, with Lafitte also away well. 

As the field made their way through the turn, One Fast Cajun used the advantage of the inside post to edge clear from Sarahs Patriot.  Lafitte stayed on in the chase, as did an extremely wide Louie B Quick.

One Fast Cajun extended the lead in the run to the wire to finish off a convincing four-length victory.  Sarahs Patriot held sway to finish second, a length in front of Lafitte.  Trained by Shane Ladner, One Fast Cajun stopped the timer in a zippy :45.173 seconds, earning a speed index of 104.

Owned by the partnership of Darrin Ladner and Norman Ladner, One Fast Cajun picked up $21,000 for the victory.  The win was the fifth from 14 career starts and pushed his lifetime earnings to $99,210.

One Fast Cajun was bred in Louisiana by Terry Gabriel.  The 4-year-old bay gelding was sired by Heza Fast Dash and is out of the Lion Tamer thoroughbred mare Cajun Rocket.

Sarahs Patriot broke sharp under jockey Jarred Journet then rallied late to earn $7,000 for her effort. Phillip Calais, Jr. trains the Game Patriot 4-year-old for owner Gilbert Matthews.

Winner of the Virgil Bond Stakes in June, the bay filly is out of Sarahsintomischief by leading thoroughbred sire Into Mischief. Bred by Perform Stables, Inc., she has banked $101,223 in 17 starts.

Lafitte, a son of Sir Runaway Dash who was a finalist in the Louisiana Million Futurity(RG1) at 2, was a length back to earn his first career black type finish. The 4-year-old boosted his earnings to $86,983 after picking up $3,850 for third.

Trainer Guillermo Martinez named jockey Arturo Alvarez to ride Lafitte for owner Luis Armando Castellanos. L. Casterline and E. Aparico bred the gelding from the Streakin La Jolla mare Me And Only Me.

Off as the solid 4/5 favorite, One Fast Cajun returned $3.60 for the win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show.  Sarahs Patriot paid $4.20 to place and $3 to show.  Lafitte was worth $5.40 to show.

Louie B Quick, Jess Louisiana Boo, Lolas Lil Ed, Midnight Biscuit and Ponookies Fast Cash completed the field.

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

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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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