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Strong Field of 10 Louisiana-Breds Entered in Opelousas Stakes


Oak Hill Streak will put her four-race win streak on the line from post 2 in Saturday’s 400-yard, $40,000 Opelousas Stakes (R) at Evangeline Downs.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 8, 2016—A full field of 10 Louisiana-bred sprinters has been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $40,000 Opelousas Stakes (R) at Evangeline Downs.

Oak Hill Streak, a 4-year-old daughter of Heza Fast Dash trained by John Stinebaugh for owner Vanessa Bartoo of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, will put her four-race win streak on the line from post 2. The mare has earned $99,200 from six outs this season, and her streak includes victories in three state-bred stakes.

Gilbert Ortiz will ride Oak Hill Streak in the Opelousas. The mare’s nine opponents include Open Me A Corona and Heza Louisiana Dash. Trained by Bobby Martinez for owners Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays, Open Me A Corona is a 6-year-old stallion by Coronas Leaving You who has won three of his last four starts, all against Louisiana-bred stakes company.

Open Me A Corona drew post 5 and will be ridden by David Alvarez.

Heza Louisiana Dash is a 4-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding racing for Robert S. Holland’s TS Ranch from the barn of leading trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr. Heza Louisiana Dash is coming off of a three-quarter length victory as the 1-2 favorite in the 350-yard, $30,000 Amelia Belle Stakes (R) at Evangeline Downs on October 1.

John Hamilton will ride Heza Louisiana Dash from post 6.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments--

  1. Running Game Patriot (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
  2. Oak Hill Streak (Gilbert Ortiz)
  3. Scooter Prize (J.R. Ramirez)
  4. Louisiana Legends (Randy Edison)
  5. Open Me A Corona (David Alvarez)
  6. Heza Louisiana Dash (John Hamilton)
  7. Heza Bell Perry (Antonio Alberto)
  8. Icanonlyemagine (Donald Watson)
  9. Tm Dees Prize (Alfonso Lujan)
  10. Mda Game (Jose A. Rodriguez).

All Evangeline Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.


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