12/18/2016 9:23AM

Eye N Capo completes 2-year-old season as 4 for 4


Eye N Capo closed a perfect 2-year-old season Saturday night when he darted to a neck win over Accountably in the $306,245 Evangeline Downs Quarter Horse Futurity. Eye N Capo is now 4 for 4.

“Good way to end the year,” winning trainer Adrian Huitron said. “It’s a good Christmas present for the family and the whole team.”

The Evangeline Futurity highlighted the closing night card in Opelousas, La. The program also featured the $156,780 Evangeline Downs Derby, and Ivan James ($5) delivered as the favorite and fastest qualifier with a half-length win in the race for Quarter Horses.

Eye N Capo ($2.60) was an odds-on favorite following the scratch of fastest-qualifier Maxx. The eventual winner broke well, picked up steam through the lane, and covered 400 yards on a track listed as fast in 19.96 seconds.

“He just took off,” winning rider Damian Martinez said. “Halfway down the track he gave me more speed. He’s for real. He’s one of a kind.”

Eye N Capo won his second major stakes of the year behind the Grade 2, $384,615 Dash for Cash Futurity in October at Lone Star Park.

Huitron said in a post-race interview with Evangeline Downs announcer Michael Chamberlain that Eye N Capo would be pointed to some of the major 3-year-old stakes next year in Oklahoma.

Eye N Capo, an Oklahoma-bred son of Capo de Capi, earned $153,122 for his win in the Evangeline Futurity. He was the second-fastest qualifier for the finale. Eye N Capo races for Ruben Garcia Montemayor.