The $100,000 Louisiana Legacy for 2-year-old Louisiana-breds was won by Café Du Monde at Delta Downs, Saturday, November 17.
The win by Café Du Monde came in his local and stakes debut under jockey Gerard Melancon, who also won the $100,000 Louisiana Jewel on Friday night with Goodprofit. Café Du Monde is owned by Diamond Racing, Inc. and Jay and Joan Janssen and is conditioned by Leo G. Gabriel, Jr.
The trip that Café Du Monde took to victory was an interesting one as Melancon took his mount back early while Musada set the early pace of 23.42 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 48.20 for the half and 1:13.60 for three quarters. While racing up the backstretch the eventual winner found racing room at the rail and rushed up into contention before angling out and running down Musada turning for home. In the stretch, he put away Musada but had to hold off a late charge by Jimi’s a Star, who wound up two lengths behind the winner in second at the finish line while Musada stay for third, another 2-1/2 behind the runner-up.
Café Du Monde covered the one-mile distance of the Legacy in a time of 1:40.95 over a fast track.
The win by Café Du Monde was the second of his three-race career and he earned $60,000 for the effort. He has now won $96,450 during his brief career.
Bred in Louisiana by Natalie Montgomery and Jim Montgomery, Café Du Monde is a 2-year-old dark bay or brown colt by New Year’s Day, out of the Hennessy mare Java Jolt.
Sent to the gate as the heavy favorite at odds of 1-5, Café Du Monde returned $2.60 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.20 to show. Jimi’s a Star was worth $5 to place and $3.60 to show. Musada paid $6.20 to show.
Louisiana Legacy Stakes
Delta Downs, 11-17-18, 1 mile
Two-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Breds, $100,000
CAFE DU MONDE
New Year’s Day–Java Jolt
Breeder: Natalie Montgomery & Jim Montgomery
Owner: Diamond Racing Inc. & Jay and Joan Janssen
Trainer: Leo G. Gabriel, Jr.
Jockey: Gerard Melancon
Jimi’s A Star
Star Guitar–Unusual Strike
Breeder: James Boyd
Owner: James Boyd
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson
Jockey: Emmanuel Nieves
Breeder: Cypress Bend Farm
Owner: Cypress Bend Farm
Trainer: Brett A. Brinkman
Jockey: Thomas L. Pompell