08/23/2005 11:00PM

Voodoo Gold going for Evangeline sweep


It's two down and one to go for Voodoo Gold after his convincing 10-length romp in last Saturday's John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Along with his victory in the D. S. "Shine" Young Futurity last month, Voodoo Gold is in position to be the first 2-year-old in recent history to capture the Evangeline triple crown for Juveniles if he can also win the Lafayette Stakes on Labor Day, Sept. 5.

The biggest obstacle for Voodoo Gold's clean sweep might be finding enough opposition for the Lafayette to fill. Trainer Cole Norman entered Voodoo Gold along with two others from his stable in the Franks and also took down second money with Triple S Gold. The Norman trio went off at 2-5 on the tote board. That kind of dominance seldom bodes well for the immediate future of a particular division.

Traditionally, Louisiana Downs, in the northern part of the state, has provided support for the local 2-year-old division, as evidenced by invader Extra Exclusive's raid of the Lafayette last season.