08/21/2016 8:48AM

Sir Genghis, Great Majestic are Owner's Day winners

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Sir Genghis, under Kerwin Clark, wins his second stakes race of the Evangeline Downs meet with a victory in the Owner's Day Cup.

Sir Genghis has shown versatility during the Evangeline Downs meet, winning a stakes at five-eighths of a mile in June, then closing out his local season Saturday night with another at 1 1/16 miles in the $60,000 Owner’s Day Cup.

He shuttled home by four lengths over Future Express in the restricted-route stakes that was moved from turf to the main track due to the wet Louisiana weather.

The Owner’s Day Cup shared a program with the $60,000 Owner’s Distaff Cup, won by Great Majestic. The races were for 3-year-olds and up who have started at Evangeline in 2016, excluding stakes. The Opelousas, La., track will close its meet Aug. 27.

Sir Genghis ($4.60) wired his rivals in the Owner’s Cup, setting fractions of 24.09 seconds for the opening quarter; 48.38 for the half-mile and 1:13.24 for six furlongs. In the stretch he opened up on the field, while covering the distance on a fast track in 1:46.14.

“What a great little horse,” winning rider Kerwin Clark said. “It seems like he doesn’t have any quit to him.”

Sir Genghis started the Evangeline meet with two wins at five furlongs, one on turf, the other in the off-the-turf Need For Speed Stakes. He then ran second in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint before moving to two turns at the request of owners Kirk and Gillian Harris, trainer Chad Pitzer said. Sir Genghis promptly won a 1 1/16-miles optional $30,000 claiming race by 6 1/2 lengths, then advanced to the Owner’s Cup.

Sir Genghis has won eight of 26 starts and $271,512. He is a 5-year-old by Tale of the Cat.

Potomac River, Well’s Gold and Easy Crossing were scratched from the Owner’s Cup.

In the Owner’s Cup Distaff, Great Majestic ($5) rallied past pacesetter Wonderful Star in the stretch for a three-length win. It was another 4 1/2 lengths back to White Oak Swamp in third.

Great Majestic trailed for the first half-mile as Wonderful Star was clear through fractions of 24.43 seconds for the opening quarter, 48.41 for the half-mile and 1:13.83 for six furlongs. Great Majestic launched her bid into the final turn and made a sweeping run under Alfredo Contreras to catch the leader and go on to cover 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:47.20.

“She just put in a great effort,” winning owner-trainer Allison Ramsay-Banks said.

The win was an emotional one for Ramsay-Banks, who said about a year ago Great Majestic had become seriously ill. The filly has made a strong comeback, and was winning her second straight race at the meet Saturday. Overall, she has won four of seven starts and $102,700. Great Majestic is a 4-year-old by Majestic Warrior; she was bred in Florida.

Treaty Oak and Flower Lady were scratched from the Distaff.

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