03/05/2006 12:00AM

Asmussen completes sweep at Evangeline


National training powerhouse Steve Asmussen completed a sweep of the two stakes for 3-year-olds this weekend at Evangeline Downs after sending out More Than Regal to victory in Saturday night's $50,000 Sportsman's Paradise Stakes. Asmussen also trains Devine Laughter who captured Friday night's $50,000 Green Oaks Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Liquid Silver finished second in the Sportsman's Paradise, a length and a quarter behind More Than Regal while Sweetening reported home third. The final time for the one mile distance was rapid 1:38.56, just a fifth off the track record.

Tracey Hebert, who also rode Devine Laughter on Friday night, placed More Than Regal ($6.20) well off the early pace that was set by Liquid Silver before advancing on that one three wide in the second turn. The top two finishers raced as a team past the furlong marker before More Than Regal edged clear in the late going under steady handling by Hebert.

The victory was More Than Regal's second from six starts and came on the heels of a popular maiden score at Oaklawn Park. The son of More Than Ready races for Vinery Stables and has earned just over $70,000.