09/05/2009 12:00AM

Three-horse entry short price in Lafayette


Bailey's Charm, who is trained by Troy Young, will join forces with a pair of Steve Asmussen-trained colts for a formidable three-pronged entry linked by ownership in the $75,000 Lafayette Stakes at Evangeline Downs. The closing night feature drew a field nine and will be the ninth race of an 11-race program.

Bailey's Charm has won both of his starts. Following a professional maiden score at first asking, Bailey's Charm was elevated immediately to stakes company in the John Franks Memorial Stakes in early August. A Soto gelding, he contested the early pace before digging in late to prevail by a neck as the favorite. This year's meet riding champ, Diego Saenz, will once again handle the riding duties on Monday.

The best of the Asmussen duo looks to be Heavenville. A son of Offlee Wild, Heavenville has won 2 of his 5 starts, including the colt and gelding division of the $125,000 D.S. "Shine" Young Futurity on July 4. Most recently, he ran second in the Louisiana Cup Juvenile at Louisiana Downs last month. Gerard Melancon will be in the saddle.

Completing the trio is Gentle Moment. Fourth in the Shine, he comes off a maiden score. Asmussen has given the call to Shane Sellers.

Those most likely to upset the entry include the Bernard Flint-conditioned Vito Filitto, winner of the Minstrel Stakes at Louisiana Downs earlier this summer, and Illusive Hunt, victorious in 2 of his 3 starts.