08/06/2002 11:00PM

Evangeline Downs track report

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LAFAYETTE, La. - Paw Paw's Pride's domination of the marathon series came to an end last Friday as he finished third while toting 124 pounds in the 1 5/8-mile feature. The race was won by Lucky Man, second to Paw Paw's Pride in the last three races in the series.

Paw Paw's Pride had been unstoppable in the last two months. After skipping the first race in the marathon series, at 7 1/2 furlongs, the 5-year-old reeled off victories at a mile, 1 1/16 miles, 1 1/8 miles, and 1 1/2 miles. His weight assignments have steadily increased, and Friday he spotted his rivals from five to 11 pounds.

The Series continues on Aug. 16 at 1 7/8 miles. The final race will be run at two miles on Aug. 30, which is the final weekend of the meet.