05/19/2009 11:00PM

Track manages to live up to its motto

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Evangeline Downs continues to buck the national trend of small fields and reduced racing calendars as it lives up to its self-proclaimed billing of "Home of the Biggest Fields."

Since its current meeting began on April 8, Evangeline has averaged more than 11 runners per race, a remarkable number by today's industry standards.

Despite competition for the state's horses from Louisiana Downs, which opened last week, interest at the entry box remained strong for this week's action. A total of 327 horses were entered for the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night cards for an average of 10.5 runners per race.

* Dab of Magic, Ashley's Broker, and Hut Hut, all maiden winners in their last starts, will vie for favoritism in Friday night's $31,000 allowance feature. The entry-level allowance is for Louisiana-bred filly and mares and will be contested at five furlongs on the turf.

Also in Friday's headliner is Bananafafana, who had her turf debut spoiled in her final start at Fair Grounds in March. She clipped heels in tight quarters when prominent in midstretch that day and unseated her rider.