08/10/2014 10:04AM

Hernandez scores five winners on nine-race card


OPELOUSAS, La. – Evangeline Downs leading rider Colby Hernandez had a big night Saturday when he booted home five winners on the nine-race program. Hernandez won the first four races on the evening, then added the $23,500 allowance feature for good measure. Hernandez’s five-bagger came one week after Emanuel Nieves accomplished the same feat last Saturday.

Hernandez made a big move in the opener on board Navy Seal Team Six ($3.40) before drawing well clear by more than six lengths through the stretch. He then accounted for the second half of the early Daily Double, mounting a furious late rally with Salty Forecast ($6.00) to nip longshot Pawsie’s Gate with younger sister Courtney aboard in the final strides. He then added the third race on the turf with Spectacular Splash ($10.80) before annexing the fourth with the odds-on favorite Whodababydaddy ($3.20). The all-Hernandez early pick four returned $151.40.

In the eighth race, Hernandez once again made a winning move through the turn with Honeycomb Allie ($8.80) before holding off Expand the Moment in the late going of the seven-furlong headliner. His successful evening’s work expanded his lead in the rider standings to 101-76 over Joe Patin.