07/31/2004 11:00PM

Grande Diablo wires Franks Memorial

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CARENCRO, La. - Grande Diablo broke sharply under Jamie Theriot and did not look back Saturday night in winning the John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes at Evangeline Downs by four lengths. A Galloping Ghost turned in a modest rally to finish second followed by Miss Excavate.

Trained by Dale Angelle for Greg Champagne, Grand Diablo ($4.00) opened up a daylight advantage through an opening quarter in :22.33. After shaking off a mild bid from Miss Excavate turning for home after a half in :46.80, Theriot increased his advantage through the lane under a firm right handed stick, stopping the timer in :59.58 for the five furlongs over a fast strip.