09/04/2010 10:27AM

Delahoussaye has it covered at Evangeline


The Glenn Delahoussaye-trained entry of Tough Brush and Jump Jump look to pack a solid one-two punch in Monday night’s $50,000 Lafayette Stakes at Evangeline Downs. The Delahoussaye tandem will face eight other 2-year-olds in the closing night feature at six furlongs.
Tough Brush should be a primary pace player in the Lafayette. He comes off a fourth-place finish in the $100,000 Shine Young Futurity here after forcing the issue early. Delahoussaye is adding blinkers to Tough Brush, which could sharpen the colt’s speed further. Kerwin Clark will handle the riding duties.
Jump Jump, meanwhile, will likely be doing his best running late. A son of Jump Start, he unleashed a powerful rally to break his maiden as the heavy favorite in his last start. Josh Romero takes over for Clark in the saddle.
Smoke It Right also comes into the Lafayette off an impressive maiden score. Trained by Benard Chatters, Smoke It Right broke on top in his debut in late June and did not look back, drawing clear by over a dozen lengths. A Smoke Glacken colt, Smoke It Right will have the services of jockey Nathaniel Puello.
No 2-year-old stakes in the region would be complete without a representative from trainer Steve Asmussen, and he will send out Secret Ride. Secret Ride graduated at first asking in a Churchill Downs maiden claiming affair in late May before picking up small checks in stakes at Colonial Downs and Manor Downs. Gerard Melancon has the call.