05/07/2006 11:00PM

Evangeline: 'Watchem' sets mark


Watchem Smokey solidified his position atop the handicap division at Evangeline Downs with a record-setting performance in the $75,000 John Henry Stakes. His final clocking of 1:36.61 for the mile bettered Evangeline's previous record by a full second. Commander Buck finished a game second, 1 3/4 lengths back, followed by Pressed and early pacesetter Wild Notions.

Watchem Smokey ($4.80) was ridden by Kerwin Clark for trainer Brandon Marks.