CAFÉ DU MONDE SERVES UP A DELICIOUS VICTORY IN THE LOUISIANA LEGACY AT DELTA DOWNS

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.

Cafe Du Monde - La. Legacy - 11-17-18
Cafe Du Monde wins the 2018 Louisiana Legacy Stakes. Coady Photography.

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

2nd
Jimi’s A Star
Star Guitar–Unusual Strike
Breeder: James Boyd
Owner: James Boyd
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson
Jockey: Emmanuel Nieves

3rd
Musada
Goldencents–Reata’s Quik Punch
Breeder: Cypress Bend Farm
Owner: Cypress Bend Farm
Trainer: Brett A. Brinkman
Jockey: Thomas L. Pompell

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GLADYOUSAWME DETERMINED IN VICTORY WHILE TAKING THE $150,000 LOUISIANA LEGACY STAKES

– UNDEFEATED COLT WINS STAKES DEBUT WITH GUTSY FRONT-RUNNING EFFORT –

GLADYOUSAWME - The 9th Running Of Louisiana Legacy Stakes - 11-18-17 - R08 - DED-01

 

Louisiana Legacy Stakes
Delta Downs, 11-19-17, 1 Mile
Two-Year-Old, Accredited Louisiana-Breds
Purse $150,000

GLADYOUSAWME
Due Date-Flame Run
Breeder: Bertram Klein & Richard Klein
Owner: Klein Racing
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Jockey: Roberto Morales

2nd
Cajun Creed
Jimmy Creed-Surprise Squall
Breeder: Danny M. Brown & Donna B. Brown
Owner: Horseplayers Racing Club LLC
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

3rd
Pound For Pound
Redding Colliery-Buttercup’s Song
Breeder: J. Adcock & B&B Bloodstock
Owner: Israel Flores Horses LLC
Trainer: Jose Grimaldo
Jockey: Gerber Pivaral

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs closed out its fifth week of racing on Saturday night with the $150,000 Louisiana Legacy serving as the featured event. The one-mile test for 2-year-old Louisiana-breds was taken by Klein Racing’s Gladyousawme, who pushed his brief record to three wins in as many starts while taking his stakes debut under jockey Roberto Morales.

 

After breaking cleanly from the gate in a field of 10, Gladyousawme was determined to set the pace while saving ground the entire trip after breaking from the inner-most post position. The Brad Cox trainee carved out fractional times of 24.11 seconds for the quarter-mile, 49.25 for the half and 1:48.48 for three-quarters while feeling the pressure of Cajun Creed throughout the journey. In the homestretch, Gladyousawme was under tremendous pressure but pulled clear late to score a 1-1/2 length win over Cajun Creed with Pound for Pound settling for third another three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up.

 

Gladyousawme completed the eight-furlong trip over a fast track in a time of 1:40.48 seconds.

 

Gladyousawme earned $90,000 for his effort in the Louisiana Legacy and has now placed $130,800 in his bankroll during his brief career, which started at Indiana Grand on September 27 in a maiden turf race before defeating allowance foes at Delta Downs one month later.

 

Bred in Louisiana by Bertram Clein & Richard Klein, Gladyousawme is a 2-year-old chestnut colt by Due Date, out of the Hard Spun mare Flame Run.

 

Sent to the gate as the 6-5 wagering favorite, Gladyousawme returned $4.40 to win, $3 to place and $2.40 to show. Cajun Creed was worth $4.20 to place and $3.20 to show. Pound for Pound paid $5.60 to show.

 

Delta Downs will conduct a special Thanksgiving Week of racing next week with special daytime race cards taking place Tuesday and Wednesday beginning at 1:35 pm. The track will be dark on Thursday for Thanksgiving Day before returning to the regular post time of 5:30 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

 

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.

 

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