07/07/2009 12:00AM

Asmussen wins three stakes at Evangeline


OPELOUSAS, La. - Trainer Steve Asmussen won three of the 10 stakes on the Louisiana Legends Night Program Saturday night at Evangeline Downs, including both divisions of the D. S. "Shine" Young Futurity.

Happyfromthegitgo ($2.80), one of three fillies trained by Asmussen in a four-horse entry linked by ownership, helped control the early pace in the $139,100 filly division of the Shine Young before pulling away to win by 3 1/2 lengths under Luis Quinonez. Asmussen's winning charge in the colt and gelding division, Heavenville ($2.40), was also part of a four-horse entry. The son of Offlee Wild was a debut winner at the Keeneland meet this spring and rallied late Saturday night to be up in time thanks to some firm handling from Francisco Torres.

Asmussen's other winner on the night came in the $72,750 Frank Abadie Memorial when Seven Seventythree ($3) held off fellow Asmussen trainee Lightlightlight.

In the night's other action, heavy favorite Superior Storm ($2.40) continued her dominance over Louisiana-bred fillies and mares by winning the $100,000 Archie Sebastien Stakes. Classy Deelites defeated the Bill Mott-trained and favored Desert Wheat in the $100,000 Attaway Darbonne on the turf with two-time Louisiana-bred horse of the year Costa Rising reporting home sixth. Coach Mike bested fellow filly and mare sprinters in the $100,000 Pierre LeBlanc while male sprint counterpart Brother Bean defeated 10 rivals in the $100,000 Junius Delahoussaye.

Break Up made a strong case for top 3-year-old in the state by winning the $75,000 Sixty Rayburn and High Toned won the $50,000 Mervin Muniz Starter Stakes. Star Guitar took down top honors in the handicap division on the dirt by winning the $100,000 Pola Benoit.