07/01/2007 12:00AM

Night of upsets at Evangeline


OPELOUSAS, La. - The third annual Louisiana Legends Night turned into an evening of surprises at Evangeline Downs on Saturday. Favorites - six of them even money or less - were defeated in seven of the eight stakes events restricted to Louisiana breds.

Pinecrest Boy ($103.80) began the parade of upsets in the $75,000 B. B. "Sixty" Rayburn Stakes for 3-year-olds, defeating 1-2 public choice St. Zarb.

Claimed by owner-trainer Clyde McKean Jr. for $20,000 in his last start on June 2, Pinecrest Boy rallied strongly from off the pace under Kirk LeBlanc to win by over six lengths.

Leesa Lee ($11), one of two winners on the night trained by Pat Mouton and ridden by brother-in-law E.J. Perrodin, outkicked 4-5 proposition Indigo Girl to win the $100,000 Pierre LeBlanc Memorial Ladies Sprint.

Mouton and Perrodin teamed up with the only favorite to win on the evening, Cort’s P. B. ($3.40) in the $100,000 Junius Delahoussaye Memorial Sprint.

Ahead of Her Time ($8.60) kept her career record perfect for trainer Jerry Hardin in the $75,000 Frank "Buddy" Abadie Memorial for 3-year-old fillies. Left in her wake was even money public choice Mi Isbella, who saw her three-race win streak snapped.

The odds-on Heiligbrodt Stable-owned, Steve Asmussen-trained entry of Hisse and Iknowuthinkimsexy had to settle for second- and third-place finishes, respectively, in the filly division of the $130,000 D. S. "Shine" Young Futurity. Swifty Victress ($21) led throughout under Sylvester Carmouche to win for the second time in three career starts.

Another Heiligbrodt entry, this time three horses deep, was the next victim as Honour Thy Lover ($18.60) captured the colt and gelding division of the Shine.

Madison's Music ($4.60) ended 6-5 favorite Raspberry Wine’s four race win streak in the $100,000 Archie Sebastien Memorial for older fillies and mares, while Grand Minit ($14) spoiled the return of 1-2 choice Costa Rising in the $100,000 Pola Benoit Stakes.

Total handle for the 13 race program was $2,218,013 despite severe audio and video problems that compromised the simulcast signal for much of the evening.