05/08/2006 12:00AM

Evangeline: 'Watchem' sets mark

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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.