05/18/2004 11:00PM

Evangeline: Rayburn set for Saturday


CARENCRO, La. - Officials have announced that the $40,000 B. B. "Sixty" Rayburn Stakes has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 22. Originally, it was carded on last Saturday evening, but the race was among seven races cancelled because of a blown transformer in the lighting system. The problem has since been repaired.

"We recarded the race as is," racing secretary Warren Groce said. "We thought it was fair to all parties concerned. This is the only Louisiana-bred stake for 3-year-olds on our stakes calendar, and we felt it was important to ensure this race was run. Nothing will change as far as the race goes, post positions, riding assignments, everything will remain the same. The only thing different will be the running date."

Old Lee has been installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the one-mile race, off the strength of some solid form, including a runner-up finish in the $100,000 Gentilly Handicap at Fair Grounds in his last start.

The remaining races that were not run last week are being rescheduled for Saturday, as well. Entries for the program will be taken Thursday, and horses from the canceled program will receive preference in the recarded events.