STAKES VICTORY AMONG THREE WINNERS FOR JOCKEY C.J. MCMAHON
OPELOUSAS, LA –Cajun Gumbow delivered a tasty performance with a front-running score in the $60,000 D.S. ‘Shine’ Young Futurity at Evangeline Downs on Friday night. The filly division of the futurity for Louisiana-bred runners was contested over the distance of 5-1/2 furlongs.
Breaking sharply under jockey C.J. McMahon, Cajun Gumbow was quickly in front for the run down the backstretch with Copper Moon and wagering favorite Janet is Ready in close attendance. The Thompson Racing LLC (Stephen Thompson) runner sped through an opening quarter-mile in 22.13 seconds with a length advantage over the trio of Janet is Ready, who appeared to take a couple of awkward steps moving into the turn, as Lady Flurry moved outside of Copper Moon into a contending position.
Cajun Gumbow, a Jayde Gelner trainee, maintained the one-length lead into the stretch, as Janet is Ready moved off the rail to make a bid. The leader covered the half-mile in 46.46 seconds and slowly drew away in the final 100 yards. The winning margin for Cajun Gumbow was 2-1/2 lengths over Janet is Ready, with late running For Harper another 2-1/2 lengths back in the show position. The winning time was 1:05.48 seconds over a track rendered muddy by afternoon rains.
Cajun Gumbow earned $36,000 for the victory, increasing her career earnings to $70,680. The win is her second from three career starts.
The 2-year-old was bred in Louisiana by the partnership of Blanton & Perry LLC, Donny Burton, Angela Burton & Joey Burton. The bay filly was sired by Oxbow and is out of the Indian Charlie mare Tattlesheet.
Off as the third-choice in the wagering, Cajun Gumbow returned $9.80 to win, $3.60 to place and $3.20 to show. Janet is Ready paid $2.40 to place and $2.20 to show, with longshot For Harper returning $6.20 to show.