Crescentcitypretty, Azalea Stakes - 03-01-19
Crescentcitypretty wins the Azalea Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography


Azalea Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-1-19, 7 furlongs
3YO Fillies, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $70,000

Bernardini – Penelope Plum
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: D. Saenz

Fortune Got Even
Stephen Got Even-Fortune In Gold
Breeder: Wendell A. Templet
Owner: Ricky Courville
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: A. Broussard

First Defense-Slews Return
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: James McIngvale
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: G. Melancon


VINTON, LA. – Crescentcitypretty used a strong performance to notch the first stakes of her career in the $70,000 Azalea Stakes at Delta Downs on Friday night for owner Brittlyn Stable, Inc. The 3-year-old daughter of Bernardini won the race under jockey Diego Saenz who got a leg up from trainer Jose Camejo.


After breaking sharply, Crescentcitypretty pressed the early pace set by Blowing Bayou, who carved out fractional times of 23.54 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.35 for the half in the seven-furlong test for sophomore Louisiana-bred fillies. Saenz began to ask for more run going into the far tun and Crescentsitypretty responded by putting away Blowing Bayou and opening up in the homestretch. At the finish line she was 5-3/4 lengths better than Fortune Got Even who just nosed out Madeforlife for the place.


Crescentcitypretty covered seven furlongs of the Azalea Stakes in a time of 1:28.35 while running on a track listed as good.


The win by Crescentcitypretty came in her third career start. She most recently finished third in the Louisiana Premier Night Starlet on February 9 after breaking her maiden at first asking in on January 16. Friday night’s tally earned her $42,000 and raised her bankroll to $79,000.


Bred in Louisiana by her owner, Crescentcitypretty is a 3-year-old bay filly by Bernardini out of the Badge of Silver mare Penelope Plum.


Fans who wagered on the race made Crescentcitypretty the overwhelming 1-5 favorite and she paid $2.40 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Fortune Got Even was worth $3.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Madeforlife paid $2.10 to show.


Delta Downs will close out its race week on Saturday with another program that begins at 5:25 pm CST. The 10-race card includes the $70,000 Pelican Stakes for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds.

For more information about the Delta Downs, including the upcoming Quarter Horse season that starts on April 19, go to the track’s website at Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.


Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.


LA MISTAKE - The Azalea - 10th Running - 03-09-18 - R07 - DED - Finish 2
La Mistake with Gerard Melancon aboard wins the 2018 Azalea Stakes at Delta Downs. Photo by Coady Photography

Azalea Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-9-18, 6 1/2 furlongs, $80,000
Accredited Louisiana Bred, 3-year-old fillies

Bind – Guculka Ksenya
Breeder: Cantrell Family Partnership
Owner: Cantrell Family Partnership
Trainer: Brett A. Brinkman
Jockey: G. Melancon

Yes Gorgeous
Mass Media-Isn’t She Gorgeous
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center
Owner: Scott Gelner
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: D. Saenz

Fame Feather
Lion Tamer-Pretty Indian
Breeder: Ramona M. Pierce
Owner: Picard Thoroughbreds Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: S. Doyle


Delta Downs kicked off its closing weekend of live Thoroughbred racing on Friday night with an 11-race program that included the $80,000 Azalea for 3-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies.

The Azalea was won impressively by Cantrell Family Partnership’s La Mistake with jockey Gerard Melancon in the saddle for his first of two stakes tallies on the night. The Brett Brinkman trainee pressed the early pace set by longshot Ms Sassy Butclassy as she carved out fractional times of 23.25 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.71 for the half in the 6 ½-furlong test for horses who had never won a stakes race.

As the field of 10 entered the second turn of the race, La Mistake took the lead and began to draw clear. In the home-stretch she held a comfortable lead over Yes Gorgeous, who was a game second but no threat to the winner. On the finish line, La Mistake was 3-3/4 lengths in front of Yes Gorgeous while Fame Feather was another 6-1/4 lengths behind in third. La Mistake covered the distance in 1:20.13 while running on a fast track.

The win by La Mistake was the third of her four-race career. She earned $48,000 for the effort and now owns a bankroll of $96,600.

Bred in Louisiana by her owner, La Mistake is a 3-year-old bay daughter of Bind, out of the Lion Heart mare Guculka Ksenya.

Sent to the gate at odds of 4-5, La Mistake paid $3.80 to win, $3 to place and $2.10 to show. Yes Gorgeous was worth $5 to place and $3 to show. Fame Feather returned $2.60 to show.