04/16/2002 11:00PM

Evangeline exacta comes in a tidy $11k


What do you get when you cross a horse beaten nearly 42 lengths in his first two starts of the year with another improbable longshot ridden by a jockey with a 1-for-66 record?

In the case of Monday night's second race at Evangeline Downs, the answer is one humongous exacta payoff.

Home Stead, a 4-year-old gelding who hadn't been competitive since winning his maiden 13 months ago, won the 5 1/2-furlong race for $3,000 claimers and paid $93.60.

Bag Me Up, whose jockey, Kevin Deaville, was mired in a season-long slump, rallied to get second at 54-1 as the second-longest shot in a 12-horse field.

The two bombs combined to pay $11,095.80 for a $2 exacta ticket.

That payoff was far greater than either the quinella ($1,835.20) or the trifecta ($7,938.80).

A $1 superfecta ticket using Home Stead with any other three horses in the race was worth $27.10.