08/22/2007 12:00AM

Evangeline Downs: Eight jump at condition


A solid group of eight fillies and mares take advantage of a rare nonwinners-of-four condition in Friday's allowance feature. The ninth race on the program, it will be contested at 6 1/2 furlongs and carries a $27,000 purse.

Race Me Round Town appears to be the controlling speed in Friday's headliner. A 5-year-old Leestown mare, she has shown the way through some lively fractions in her most recent starts, which came at Louisiana Downs. Trainer William Hinton has given the call to Sidney Lejeune Jr.

Sweet Retta Brown, who has been involved in the trifecta in each of her last three starts, returns to one turn Friday after an evenly paced third-place finish going a mile here last month. Her ability to stalk the pace sprinting produced a win earlier in the meeting at seven furlongs. Steve Bourque will handle the riding duties on Sweet Retta Brown.

Another consistent performer is Sienna Sunrise. She comes off a solid second-place performance in $20,000 claiming company. Trainer Amos Laborde claimed her from that race on behalf of owner Israel Flores. C.J. Hernandez will be in the saddle.