09/03/2017 7:23AM

Ready Prospector, Shes Our Fastest get juvenile stakes wins

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Ready Prospector and jockey Gerard Melancon win the Evangeline Downs Prince Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths on Saturday night.

Ready Prospector won his second consecutive stakes of the Evangeline Downs meet on Saturday night, darting home first by 2 1/2 lengths in the $50,000 Evangeline Prince.

The race was one of two stakes on the final card of the season. Shes Our Fastest ran her record to 2 for 2 with a 3 1/2-length victory in the $50,000 Evangeline Princess. Both races were for 2-year-olds at six furlongs.

Ready Prospector ($9) was always prominent in the Prince, taking over after an opening quarter in 22.20 seconds and leading through a half-mile in 45.74. He went on to cover the distance on a fast track in 1:11.41. Ready Prospector came into the race off a victory in a division of the D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity in July at Evangeline.

“He’s got a future,” said winning trainer Oscar Modica.

Gerard Melancon was aboard Ready Prospector for the Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable. Ready Prospector earned $30,000 for his win in the Prince to improve his record to two wins from three starts for earnings of $80,200. He is a son of Custom for Carlos and was bred in Louisiana by Lazenby.

Shes Our Fastest ($12.60) made her stakes debut a winning one in the Princess, moving to the fore through a half-mile in 46 seconds and increasing her advantage through the stretch. She covered the distance in 1:12.03. Shane Laviolette was aboard for Mark Norman and Norman Stables and trainer Scott Gelner.

Shes Our Fastest came into the Princess off a 4 3/4-length maiden special weight win at Prairie Meadows. She is a daughter of Oratory and was bred in Texas by Eureka Thoroughbred Farm. Shes Our Fastest earned $30,000 to push her earnings to $48,450.