08/17/2011 4:10PM

Louisiana Downs: Coteau Kitten a big favorite on Louisiana Cup Day


BOSSIER CITY, La. – It is all about Louisiana-breds at Louisiana Downs on Saturday as the track’s annual Louisiana Cup Day will showcase the best the state has to offer. A total of eight stake races will be worth a combined $570,000.

In the $50,000 Juvenile Fillies, Coteau Kitten could be the shortest-priced favorite all afternoon. The Pat Devereaux Jr. trainee has won all three of her previous starts, including the filly division of the $125,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity at Evangeline Downs in her most recent.

A pair of shippers could vie for the favoritism in the $50,000 Juvenile. Bucktown, a maiden winner at Churchill Downs at first asking for trainer Bernie Flint, will be making his second visit to the region this summer. The son of longtime leading Louisiana sire Leestown will be hoping to improve on a sixth-place finish in the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity at Lone Star in June.

Also journeying in for the Juvenile will be Raiseanothergator. Trained by Tom Amoss, he was victorious in his only start, a maiden special affair at Indiana Downs earlier this summer.

Get In Da House should rule a solid favorite in the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Derby off a third-place performance against open company in the $125,000 Prelude Stakes two weeks ago. The Wes Hawley charge is a three-time winner this year and finished second in the Louisiana Showcase Mile at Evangeline Downs in early July.

Lovenotlost and Cat’s Production, first and second, respectively, in last month’s Filly Showcase Mile at Evangeline, will renew their rivalry in the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Oaks. Lovenotlost is trained by Hawley and has won four times this year, while Cat’s Production has been almost as steady for trainer Preston Adams.

Amoss also will be shipping Little Polka Dot in for the $60,000 Filly and Mare Sprint. The 5-year-old mare by Orientate is owned by Maggi Moss and has trained well at Amoss’s base in Kentucky since winning the Filly and Mare Showcase Sprint at Evangeline Downs in early July.

The male division of the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint appears to be a wide-open affair that could come down to a battle between the rapidly developing Call and veterans My Star Runner and Tortuga Straits.

The two Louisiana Cup races scheduled for the turf appear equally as competitive. In the $100,000 Distaff, Local could rule a slight favorite off back-to-back victories in stakes company. Trained by Bret Calhoun, the Offlee Wild filly narrowly won the Honeymoon Stakes over the local grass course in early June before moving back to dirt and winning the Showcase Distaff at Evangeline a month later.

The $100,000 Louisiana Cup Classic at 1 1/16 miles is headed by Heavenville, who is coming off a surprising second-place finish at odds of almost 20-1 when facing open company in the Barksdale Stakes here two weeks ago. That effort was just the third career turf start for the 4-year-old, and he seems to have developed a fondness for the new surface.