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March 02, 2009

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2009

Media Contact:
John McGary
(337) 594-3000

Sales Administrator
Charlotte Stemmans Clavier
(800) 544-6773

218 Two Year-Olds offered In The John Franks Memorial Sale
At Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

(Opelousas, La.) - Sale administrator Stemmans Inc. has cataloged a total of 218 two year-old thoroughbred horses for the 2009 edition of the John Franks Memorial Two Year-Old in Training Sale. This total is an increase of more than 14.1% from last year's total of 191. The sale, held in the racing paddock at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, beginning at noon (CT). In addition, there will be a Preview Gallop Show on Saturday, March 21, which will begin at Noon (CT). Both the sale and the Preview Gallop Show are free and open to the public.

The effect of racino infused purses in Louisiana is evident not only by the large increase in horses entered for the sale, but also by the quality that is being offered. Charlotte Stemmans Clavier, president of Stemmans, Inc. and administrator for the sales states "despite the weakening current economy, we are cautiously optimistic about this year's sale. While the majority of our catalog showcases our top locally based sires such as Leestown (the recently deceased son of Seattle Slew topped the state rankings for the second consecutive year in 2008 and will have a Sale topping 15 youngsters set to pass through the ring) and Storm Day (the ever popular son of Storm Cat is represented by 13 two year olds), we also have two year olds from outstanding and commercial sires such as More Than Ready, Stormy Atlantic, Point Given, and Posse as well as from several promising young sires such as Lion Heart, Read the Footnotes, Roar of the Tiger, Soto, and Quest."

Clavier also stated "Last year's sale featured solid increases in total sales proceeds and average sale price. A total of 172 two-year-olds were sold for a total of $1,826,600.00 an average of more than $10,619.00 compared to $1,757.000.00 for 192 youngsters in 2007. In addition, last year's sale was a victim of a scheduling conflict with the Texas sale that was held the following day and many of the horsemen and consignors based locally and in neighboring jurisdictions were unable to attend both. This year our sale is being held more than a week in advance of the Texas sale and this should be a big help for everybody."

As in past years, the sale, named for the late Eclipse Award winning owner/breeder offers a pair of $100,000 races to be held at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino that are restricted to two-year-olds who pass through the sales ring. The two events will be held on consecutive nights, Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1 and will both be run at the distance of 5 1/2 furlongs. Last year's races were won by Tensas Cool Town and Tiger Shark. Tensas Cool Town, a Louisiana bred daughter of Leestown was purchased for $22,000 and provided owner A. Philip Henderson and trainer Anthony Agilar with their second consecutive win in this event. Tiger Shark, a gelded son of Hold That Tiger was a $3,000 buy-back by John Balensiefen. Bred in Pennsylvania, Tiger Shark is now owned by Jennifer Hayes and trained by Ralph Irwin.

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