The Kentucky Derby is the first Saturday in May. That means we're just a little over a week away from what is often billed as the most exciting two minutes in sports. I am sure horse racing fans at our local track, Evangeline Downs, would argue that Churchill Downs has nothing on the excitement of Louisiana racing.

Already in the first month of the meet at Evangeline Downs the track has produced a three-way dead heat, a huge long shot payoff and now another night where two dollars on the right horse paid the speculator very well.

The first long shot of the night was in Race One, a maiden claiming race for 3-year-old horses running one mile. The winner was #5 Adieu Gerald with Coby Bourque in the irons. A two dollar wager on the 5 horse paid $70.00 even for the win, $16.40 for the place and $4.80 for the show. As someone who has seen a lot of his disposable income finish short on the track I can tell you a $70 payout on a $2 bet is a nice return. But this wasn't the biggest win of the night.

In Race 4, a claiming race for 4-year-olds and up running six furlongs, there was an even bigger long shot winner. The #10 horse, Wish on a Win, brought home $104.40 on two dollar win bet. The horse also paid $34.20 for the place position and the $18.40 for the show. Tyler Woodley was aboard Wish on a Win to guide him to that big pay day.

More live racing continues tonight at the Opelousas based track. First post for live racing will be at 5:40pm this evening.

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