05/18/2011 5:24PM

Evangeline Downs: Solid pair of co-features


Not to be outdone by, Louisiana Downs, its instate neighbor to the north, Evangeline Downs has a very bettable Friday program of its own. Two allowances anchor a competitive 10-race card that gets started with a first race post time of 5:40 p.m. Central.

Its Mr Slew to You will seek to make amends for disappointing as the even-money favorite in a similar spot in his last start in the evening’s eighth event, an open nonwinners-other-than race going a mile on the grass. His main opposition appears to be in the form of Royal Spokesman, a maiden winner over the Fair Grounds turf in his one previous victory. Shane Sellers will ride this son of Vindication.

In the night’s ninth event at 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track, for Louisiana-bred nonwinners of two, Wild Reece rates as the one to beat. Trained by Robert Husak, he should move up off an even fourth place finish against similar company in his last start following a lengthy layoff.