07/28/2013 10:34AM

Evangeline Downs: Solid Sender, Le Gris win Young Futurity divisions


OPELOUSAS, La. – Much as she did in winning her qualifying trial three weeks ago, Solid Sender unleashed a furious rally down the stretch to capture the $128,425 fillies division of the D. S. "Shine" Young Futurity on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs.

The pacesetter and favorite, Whata Friend, unbeaten in two previous starts, managed to save the second spot, 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner and three-quarters of a length in front of third-place finisher Lady Notional. The final time for the 5 1/2 furlongs over a strip muddied by afternoon rains was 1:04.15.

Trained by Sam Breaux and ridden once again by Gerard Melancon, Solid Sender returned $6.40 as the second choice in the field of nine 2-year-old fillies. She is a bay daughter of Early Flyer who brought $10,000 at April’s John Franks Memorial sale of 2-year-olds in training, which was held locally.

In the $125,000 colts-and-geldings division of the Shine, Le Gris ($34.20) stalked the early pace before taking over in the lane to pull off the upset by 2 1/4 lengths. The favored Pioneer’s Era reported home second, followed by Senior Rapidor. The winner stopped the timer in 1:04.04.

Pat Devereux trains Le Gris, and Richard Eramia was the winning rider. Le Gris fetched $10,000 last August at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. yearling auction.