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.
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