03/09/2007 1:00AM

Evangeline sale at record size


A sale record 211 2-year-olds will be offered in the fifth annual John Franks Memorial 2-year-olds in training and paddock sale next Sunday at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino. In addition, 33 racing and breeding prospects will go through the sales ring following the 2-year-old sale.

The total of 244 is a 40 percent increase from last year's sale, which offered 174 horses: 139 2-year-olds and 35 older horses.

The 2007 sale will be conducted in two parts, beginning at noon. There will be a preview gallop show next Saturday at noon. Both sessions of the sale and the preview gallop show are free and open to the public.

Graduates of the 2-year-old sale are automatically eligible for the John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes at Evangeline Downs on Aug. 3-4. Both the filly division and the colt-and-gelding division will be worth $100,000.