11/06/2007 12:00AM

Remington star Golden Yank tries Delta Downs

EmailGolden Yank asserted himself as the top 2-year-old at Remington Park last month, when he backed up a sharp debut win with a dominant score in Remington's $100,000 MEC Mile. On Friday night, he will take his show on the road, running in the $150,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs.

The one-mile race for 2-year-olds is a prep for the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Jackpot on Dec. 7. It will share a card Friday with the $100,000 My Trusty Cat for 2-year-old fillies, which is the main prep for the $300,000 Delta Princess.

Golden Yank got the nod for the Jean Lafitte on Tuesday morning after breezing a half-mile in 50 seconds at Remington.

"I just worked him a little while ago and he acted like he wanted to do something," said Golden Yank's trainer, Gary Thomas. "We let him stretch his legs a little bit. He didn't go fast, but he was happy."

Gerard Melancon has the mount in the Jean Lafitte. In the MEC Mile, Golden Yank made his two-turn debut. He stalked the pace and made a sweeping move on the turn en route to a 4 3/4-length win, earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 81.

He drew the rail for the Jean Lafitte when entries were pulled Tuesday. He will face nine others, including fellow stakes winners Carson's Legacy, who won the $90,000 Birdonthewire last out at Calder; Mikimoto's Mojo, winner of the $125,000 Lafayette at Evangeline Downs; and Delta Vixen, winner of the $100,000 John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes, also at Evangeline.

Ten fillies are in the My Trusty Cat, a seven-furlong race led by Dreaming of Liz. The winner of the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie in September, she will break from post 4. Trainer Wayne Catalano has given the mount to Shane Laviolette.