09/06/2005 11:00PM

Evangeline Downs track report


Premier Dance's victory in Monday's $100,000 Lafayette Stakes capped a busy week of action at this southern Louisiana oval. A rare Sunday evening card resulted in a six-day week that saw longshot Misty Glo ($38) pull off an upset in Saturday's Matron Stakes.

After a one-day break, racing resumed on Wednesday, which means a stretch of 10 racing dates in 11 calendar days. The busy schedule is due in part to the suspension of racing operations from mid-May to late June to overhaul the racing surface. Instead of the traditional Labor Day closing, racing will continue here on a five-day-a-week schedule until Sept. 24.

Feeling right at home with the hectic pace was Premier Dance. Making his third stakes appearance in a row, all victories at three different tracks, he looked most professional in winning the Lafayette. Under a confident ride by Luis Quinonez, the 2-year-old Florida-bred son of Premiership left little doubt about the outcome through the stretch, much like he did in winning the Middleground Breeders' Cup at Lone Star and the Minstrel Stakes at Louisiana Downs earlier in the summer.

* All revenue from racing operations on Sunday, plus donations from horsemen, will go to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.