07/09/2017 6:32AM

Sir Genghis, P Boo triumph on Louisiana Legends Night


Kirk Harris won his first two stakes races as a trainer Saturday night at Evangeline Downs, when Sir Genghis wired the field in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic and P Boo put in a determined stretch bid in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Soiree.

The races made up the annual Louisiana Legends Night. There were six divisional stakes worth $100,000 each, with all races restricted to horses bred in Louisiana. The program was the richest of the meet at Evangeline.

Sir Genghis ($13.60) took the main event, the Classic for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles, by a head over Social Misfit. The winner set fractions of 24.08 seconds for the opening quarter, 48.01 for the half-mile and 1:12.22 for six furlongs. Sir Genghis then held off a late run from Social Misfit to cover the distance on a fast track in 1:43.93.

“I just played come and catch me,” winning rider Kerwin Clark said. “They almost did … but they didn’t.”

Sir Genghis has been a special horse for Kirk.

“The thing about Sir Genghis, I have a cup of coffee with him every morning,” Harris said of spending leisure time with his stable star. “He’s my best friend.”

Sir Genghis is a son of Tale of the Cat. Kirk co-owns the horse with his wife, Gillian. Sir Genghis earned $60,000 on Saturday, with the Classic his ninth win from 36 starts. The horse has now earned $370,212.

P Boo gave Kirk his first stakes win as a trainer when she rallied past Efforting in the Soiree for 3-year-old fillies. Mr. Al’s Gal, a winner of her last five starts, was scratched from the mile race. P Boo covered the distance in 1:38.65.

P Boo ($12) was content to let the pace go as Tenpins Tempo set fractions of 24.29 for the opening quarter and 48.03 for the half-mile. Efforting took over after six furlongs in 1:12.99 as P Boo swung five wide into the stretch and overtook that one in the later stages under jockey Ashley Broussard.

“Whenever I asked her to go, she took off,” Broussard said.

P Boo won by a length, while Efforting held second by a neck over third-place finisher Bermuda Star. The winner is a daughter of Dominus and races for Kirk and Gillian Harris and Robert Lestz.

Harris won his first race as a trainer in January at Delta Downs.

Pacific Pink reels in loose leader

Pacific Pink won her third straight race when she ran down a loose-on-the-lead Zarb's Brite Lite to win the Distaff. The race was the first of the six stakes run Saturday. Pacific Pink won by three lengths over Zarb’s Brite Lite.

Pacific Pink ($2.20) had one horse beat early as Zarb's Brite Lite dictated the terms, racing clear through fractions of 24.68 seconds for the opening quarter, 48.74 for the half-mile and 1:13.35 for six furlongs. Pacific Pink advanced down the backside, moved into contention on the turn, overtook the leader in the stretch and went on to cover the 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:44.80.

“She just runs her own race,” said Colby Hernandez, who was aboard for trainer Eddie Johnston. “I just try to be a good passenger on her.” 

Pacific Pink started her streak May 10 in an optional $20,000 claiming race at Evangeline. She then won the track’s $74,000 Spotted Horse Stakes against open company June 2.

Pacific Pink earned $60,000 for her win, which was her ninth from 21 starts. She has now earned $481,620. Pacific Pink is a daughter of Private Vow and races for Keith Plaisance.

Hernandez was back in the winner’s circle following the Mademoiselle, when Look Into My Eyes finished with good energy to win the 5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares in a swift 1:03.04.

“The main part was to break and get position,” Hernandez said.

Look Into My Eyes ($11) got a good start and stalked a hot pace from the rail, as Overthegardengate set pressured fractions of 21.91 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.88 for the half-mile. Look Into My Eyes angled out on the turn, ran down the leaders in the stretch and continued motoring home. The win came in her first start since December.

“We decided to give her a little time off,” winning trainer Efren Loza Jr. said.

Look Into My Eyes races for Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti. She won the third stakes race of her career Saturday. Look Into My Eyes is a daughter of City Zip.

** Jockamo’s Song ($10.40) drove to a length win over pacesetter Icy Gentleman in the Sprint. The winner covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.64. Gerard Melancon was aboard for trainer Michael Stidham. Jockamo’s Song is a son of Half Ours who races for Dare to Dream Stable.

** Underpressure ($4.60), a stakes winner coming off a runner-up finish in an optional $75,000 claiming race at Churchill Downs, rallied for 1 3/4-length win over Magic Vow in the $100,000 Cheval. Diego Saenz was aboard the winner, who covered the mile for 3-year-olds in 1:37.77. Chris Richard trains Underpressure, a son of Birdstone, for Mallory Greiner.