LEE M. THOMAS TRAINEE STORMS HOME TO VICTORY UNDER TY KENNEDY
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $100,000 Gold Cup Stakes on Saturday afternoon and the winner was Keith Plaisance’s Langs Day with jockey Ty Kennedy in the saddle.
The heavy 1-2 wagering favorite in the Gold Cup was No Parole, who had a Grade I win on his resume and was undefeated at Delta Downs entering Saturday’s showdown. But the speedster was confronted early on by Scarlettsblackjack and the pair dueled each other into submission as they set fractional times of 22.79 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.32 for the half before both were overtaken by closers entering the second turn of the seven-furlong affair.
Turning for home it was Speaktomeoflove who gained a short lead, but it didn’t last long as Langs Day and Underpressure swung into the stretch with momentum and blew by the leader. At the finish line Langs Day was 3-1/4 lengths in front of Underpressure who finished second while Grand Luwegee picked up the pieces to be third, another 1-1/2 lengths behind the top pair. Langs Day covered the distance over a fast track in a final time of 1:26.94.
The win by Langs Day was the fifth of his 15-race career. He earned $60,000 for the effort and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $177,840.
Bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock & Adcock’s Red River Farm LLC, Langs Day is a 4-year-old chestnut gelding by New Year’s Day, out of the Langfuhr mare Langsyne.
Distpatched at odd of 14-1, Langs Day paid $32.80 to win, $32.80 to win, $14.20 to place and $7.80 to show. Underpressure was worth $8.40 to place and $6 to show. Grand Luwegee returned $6.60 to show.