08/17/2012 5:10PM

Evangeline: Heavy on Themister eyes Gold Cup


In last Saturday's $125,000 Evangeline Mile at Evangeline Downs, Heavy on Themister edged Apart by a neck. The win was the biggest career victory for trainer Shawn David, the 32-year-old son of trainer Sam David who began training in 2008.

Shawn David said Heavy On Themister became a candidate for the Evangeline Mile after finishing three-quarters of a length behind Star Guitar, a three-time winner of the race, in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic at Evangeline on June 30. Heavy On Themister was second and earned a career-high Beyer Figure of 94, a number he matched in the Evangeline Mile.

“Off of his performance in the Classic on Legends Night, it looked like he would fit good in the Evangeline Mile,” said David, who trains the horse for Rebecca Farm and T.J. Dickey. “Now we’ll freshen him up and point toward the Gold Cup over at Delta.”

Heavy On Themister will be returning to the Louisiana-bred ranks for the Gold Cup, a $100,000 race at a mile to be run Oct. 27.

In another race for older horses in the region last weekend, Hezamazing rolled to a six-length win in the $50,000 Arapahoe Park Classic in Colorado. He earned a Beyer of 81, and will head next to New Mexico, said his trainer, Rick Houghton. He said the horse is being pointed for the $50,000 Ruidoso Downs Championship at 1 1/16 miles Sept. 3.

Handicapping contest at Oaklawn

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., will be having a two-day handicapping tournament Aug. 25-26. There will be $12,000 in cash prizes available, based on 50 entries, with the winner to earn $6,000. (Oaklawn has averaged 85 players during three other tournaments this year.) In addition to cash, the top three finishers next weekend will earn a trip, including airfare and hotel accommodations, to the $1 million Horse Players World Series at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in February 2013. The entry fee into Oaklawn’s contest is $200.

◗ Desert Ransom, a stakes winner who has put up some of the year’s best Beyer Figures among 2-year-olds, emerged from his third-place finish in last month’s $124,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Memorial at Evangeline with a small bone chip in one of his knees, said his trainer, Karl Broberg. It will be removed, and Desert Ransom will be off until next year, said Broberg.