07/26/2013 11:07AM

First winner for My Pal Charlie comes at Evangeline Downs

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Grade 2 winner My Pal Charlie’s first winner as a sire came on Thursday at Evangeline Downs, when My Charlie Ray won his debut race by disqualification.

The 2-year-old bay gelding finished a game second to the unofficial winner of the five furlong race, Mr. Drew, but he was bothered at the start by the winner and forced into other rivals, leading the stewards to place My Charlie Ray first.

Homebred in Louisiana by Chuck Ogle, My Charlie Ray is out of the winning Fusaichi Pegasus mare Pegasus Rose, who is the dam of three winners from four foals to race.

My Pal Charlie, an 8-year-old son of Indian Charlie, stands at Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, La. for an advertised fee of $3,000. His initial crop consists of 35 foals.

My Pal Charlie’s most notable efforts on the racetrack came in his current home state of Louisiana. He won the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in 2008 and finished second in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby earlier that year. In total, My Pal Charlie won three of 20 career races for earnings of $762,519. He won or finished in the money in six graded stakes races, and finished fourth in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Bred in Kentucky by John Penn, My Pal Charlie is out of the Halo mare Shahalo, who has produced five winners from nine foals to race, including Grade 2 winner Bwana Charlie, Grade 3 winner Bwana Bull, and multiple stakes-placed winner Ten Halos.