06/05/2016 7:16AM

Fear the Cowboy turns tables in Evangeline Mile

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Dusty Shephard guides Fear the Cowboy to a half-length victory in the Evangeline Mile.

Fear the Cowboy turned the tables on Great Minds in Saturday night’s $100,000 Evangeline Mile, when he held off that rival for a half-length victory in the marquee race at Evangeline Downs. The results reversed a March meeting of the horses, when Great Minds overtook Fear the Cowboy late to capture the $75,000 Borgata at Delta Downs.

The Evangeline Mile anchored a program of three stakes. Sir Genghis ($6.80) accounted for the off-the-turf Need For Speed and Extra Credit ($5.80) was a three-quarter length winner of the $70,000 Lafayette.

Fear the Cowboy ($25.20) was content to stalk the pace in the Evangeline Mile, as The Pickett Factor took the field through fractions of 24.24 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 48.41 for the half-mile, and 1:13.08 for six furlongs. Fear the Cowboy advanced three wide on the final turn, came into the stretch full of run, and went on to cover the distance on a sloppy, sealed track in 1:37.71.

“I was just a passenger,” said winning rider Dusty Shepherd. “At the three-eighths pole he jumped in the bit and I let him run his race.”

Great Minds made a strong late run at Fear the Cowboy but had to settle for second while finishing a length clear of third-place finisher Aces High.

Efren Loza Jr. trains Fear the Cowboy for Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti, the same connections as Look Into My Eyes, who won Friday night’s $60,000 Tellike at Evangeline. Fear the Cowboy is a 4-year-old by Cowboy Cal and he was bred by the University of Kentucky.

In the $60,000 Need For Speed, Sir Genghis took the field through fractions of 22.66 for the opening quarter-mile and 45.81 for the half-mile en route to a 2 1/2-length win over Win Lion Win. Sir Genghis covered five furlongs in 57.83 seconds.

“When we turned for home, he just accelerated,” said Kerwin Clark, who was aboard for trainer Chad Pitzer. “He just exploded.”

Sir Genghis is a son of Tale of the Cat who races for Gillian and Kirk Harris. He was winning his third straight race in the Need For Speed.

In the Lafayette, Extra Credit came rolling through the stretch for a three-quarter length win over Mageez. The winner was cutting back to one turn for the seven-eighths race and was content to stalk the pace through fractions of 22.52 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.44 for the half-mile. Extra Credit advanced and went on to cover the distance in 1:23.99.

“I had a great trip,” said Colby Hernandez, who was aboard for trainer Brad Cox. “He’s very versatile. We let the speed go on and picked up the pieces on the end.”

Extra Credit was winning the first stakes of his career in the race for 3-year-olds bred in Louisiana. The son of Proud Citizen races for his breeders, Richard Klein and Bertram Klein.