By Evangeline Downs. –
Evangeline Downs closed out its 2016 Thoroughbred season on Saturday night with a 12-race program that included the last pair of stakes races for the year. The $60,000 Evangeline Downs Prince was won by Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti’s Thegreatcollection while the $60,000 Evangeline Downs Princess was annexed by Keene Thoroughbreds, LLC’s Country Candy.
Thegreatcollection broke slowly from the inside post position under jockey Colby Hernandez before hugging the rail in the six-furlong test for 2-year-old colts and geldings. After Shackelford’s Storm led through an opening quarter-mile in 22.58 seconds, Thegreatcollection began a rally as the field reached the top of the stretch and the rail opened up to his liking. Once the rail opened up for him, Thegreatcollection rolled through impressively and drew off to a 4 ¼-length victory in a final time of 1:12.81 for the six furlongs on the sloppy main track.
Thegreatcollection remained undefeated in his brief career with the victory, moving his record to 2-for-2. He earned $36,000 for the win, which increases his lifetime earnings to $46,400. The Efren Loza, Jr. trainee was bred in Florida by Kathleen Amaya, Alexandro Centofanti and Raffaele Centofanti. The colt was sired by Saint Anddan and is out of the Cactus Ridge mare, Cactus Cadillac.
Thegreatcollection returned $17.40 to win, $11.80 to place and $6.40 to show. Dixieland Native, a 33-1 longshot, rallied for second and paid $31.00 to place and $16.80 to show. U S Officer, who was sent off as the 8-5 betting favorite, finished third and paid $2.80 to show.