05/23/2013 11:35AM

Evangeline: Opelousas has abundance of good turf form


Little Polka Dot has her work cut out for her as the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday night’s $50,000 Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs. The one-mile turf race for fillies and mares drew a field of nine, seven of whom come off first- or second-place performances on the grass.

Trained by Pat Devereaux, Little Polka Dot comes off a second-place finish in the Red Camelia Stakes at Fair Grounds in late March. The 7-year-old Little Polka Dot has proved to be a versatile sort throughout her career, running on turf as well as dirt and at distances from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. She appears to be the controlling speed and will be ridden by Diego Saenz.

Beverly Belle, Queenie Vic, and Miss Addison all come off impressive allowance scores and appear equally capable of playing the roll of spoiler. Beverly Belle, fourth in the Red Camelia, flattered that race with a win in open allowance company locally April 26. Both Queenie Vic and Miss Addison picked up their recent victories while upstate at Louisiana Downs. Colby Hernandez will once again be on Board Beverly Bell for trainer Bret Calhoun. Carlos Gonzalez returns to the saddle on Queenie Vic while Richard Eramia will also journey in ride Miss Addison. Sherman Savoie trains Queenie Vic and Ron Faucheux conditions Miss Addison.

One of the better betting values could be Osi Posse. Twice a winner at Saturday’s one-mile turf distance in just three tries, she was claimed by the always-dangerous Keith Bourgeois barn in her last start. Joe Patin will ride.