07/12/2005 11:00PM

Best of trials move on to 'Shine'


The finals for the D.S. "Shine" Young Futurity on July 30 were set last Saturday night at Evangeline Downs, with the top four finishers from each of the three trials qualifying. The "Shine" will be part of Louisiana Legends Night, a program dedicated to horses bred in Louisiana.

The first trial, scheduled as the fourth race on Saturday's program, was delayed for several minutes because of a passing thunderstorm. When the race got under way, the track was rated as sloppy as the seven 2-year-olds lined up. Carson Bay contested the issue up front early and seemed in command until he bore out exiting the turn, carrying Keep the Rail well out in the strip. Carson Bay continued willingly to the finish to be clear late, but was disqualified and placed second. The disqualification will not keep him out of the final. Keep the Rail ($12.60), who finished second, was moved up to first.

Voodoo Gold ($32.60) pulled off the upset in the second trial, driving strongly through the stretch in the quickest of the three trials. He covered the five furlongs in 59.11 seconds, with Poppa Duke finishing second and Justin's Magic finishing third.

The third trial went to Capt. Rhon ($8.40), who rallied from just off the pace under Brian Hernandez. A son of You and I, Capt. Rhon covered five furlongs in 59.81 over the sloppy strip.

* Saturday night produced a rare off track this summer as the area continues to suffer under drought conditions. The racing surface, which underwent an extensive overhaul that resulted in the suspension of racing operations for much of May and June, appeared to take the heavy downpour well. Problems with drainage earlier in the spring were not evident Saturday night, and the strip appeared to begin to dry uniformly.