05/27/2012 10:42AM

Evangeline: Aquapazza runs down Love Dare in Opelousas


Aquapazza unleashed a strong late rally under Jamie Theriot on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs, wearing down stubborn pacesetter Love Dare to capture the $50,000 Opelousas Stakes by three-quarters of a length. It was another 3 ½ lengths back to favored Vera Belle, who pressured the early pace before weakening in the drive

Trained by Ronny Werner, Aquapazza ($6.20) covered the one-mile distance in 1:36.35 over a turf course rated as firm. The 4-year-old Aquapazza won for the fourth time in 14 starts and the first time in stakes company. The $30,000 winner’s share of the Opelousas increased her bankroll to more than $126,000.