07/09/2002 11:00PM

Evangeline Downs track report


LAFAYETTE, La. - Beginning with One Tough Raiser's victory in the $100,000 Shine Young Futurity on the Fourth of July, and continuing with the Marathon Series on Friday and the start of the Quarter Horse season on Saturday, it was a busy week here.

One Tough Raiser, a son of I'ma Hell Raiser, kept his perfect record intact in the Shine, sprinting clear soon after the start under Steve Bourque and winning by just over two lengths in 59.40 seconds for the five furlongs. Trained by Kearney Segura, he has yet to be headed in his three-race career.

Friday's program was highlighted by the fourth leg of the eight-race Evangeline Downs Marathon Series. The 1 1/8-mile overnight handicap matched Paw Paw's Pride, winner of the last two races in the series, and Lucky Man, who won the first leg of the series. Paw Paw's Pride made it three straight as he drew off to win by four lengths over Lucky Man. Paw Paw's Pride has looked better and better as the distance has increased and should be heavily favored in the next event of the series, which is at 1 7/16 miles on July 19.

With the recent conclusion of the Quarter Horse season at nearby Delta Downs, two races for that breed will be carded each night until the conclusion of the meet on Labor Day. They will be the final two races each evening.