Updated on 09/10/2011 6:48PM

Louisiana Downs: Golden Yank rejuvenates career by taking Unbridled

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Lou Hodges Jr.
Golden Yank wins for the first time since he was a 3-year-old in December 2008 by taking the Unbridled.

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Golden Yank put himself under consideration for the Clark Handicap later this fall at Churchill Downs with a sharp, off-the-pace win in the $100,000 Unbridled at Louisiana Downs on Saturday.

The 1 1/16-mile turf race was one of five undercard stakes supporting the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.

Golden Yank ($23), who is a multiple stakes winner on dirt, moved to turf for the Unbridled and closed fast up the rail to win the race by a half-length over Lonesome Street.

“We’ll take him back to Kentucky and look at the Remington Green,” said Gary Thomas, who trains Golden Yank for Millard Seldin. “I’d like to run him one more time, and then look at the Clark Handicap. That’s my big goal.”

The Grade 1, $500,000 Clark Handicap will be run at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25.                             

Golden Yank raced in 10th early in the Unbridled, as Jake Wil Gallop set a pressured pace of 23.21 seconds for the opening quarter in 46.96 for the half-mile. Golden Yank surged in the late stages under Rafael Bejarano, and covered the distance on firm turf in 1:41.29.

“I didn’t think there was that much speed, but I’m sure glad that it did go that way,” said Thomas.

The Unbridled was the fifth career stakes win for Golden Yank, but his first victory since the Zia Park Derby in December 2008. Since then, he had lost 11 straight races.

* She's All In ($13) edged Vickies in Town by a head in the $100,000 River Cities for fillies and mares, the final stakes on the card Saturday. It was another half-length back in third to Category Seven. She's All In covered the 1 1/6 miles on turf in 1:43.16. Mike Smith was aboard the winner for Robert Zoellner and trainer Donnie Von Hemel, the same owner-trainer team that took the $100,000 Happy Ticket earlier on the card with Soonerette.

The River Cities was the final leg of the $100,000 guaranteed pick four on races 9-12 that paid $4,073. The winning numbers were 4-7-5-7. The pool for the pick four was $135,682.

* Soonerette ($16.80) fended off a determined bid from My Gi Gi to win the $100,000 Happy Ticket by a head. The race was the first of the six stakes on the program. Soonerette, who added blinkers for the one-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies, led throughout to cover the distance in 1:36.99. Ramon Dominguez was aboard for Robert Zoellner and trainer Donnie Von Hemel.  

* Gung Ho ($11.80) gave his trainer, Mike Maker, a third win in the $150,000 Sunday Silence, when he caught Top Cat Boogie on the wire to win the one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds by a neck. Top Cat Boogie held second, two lengths clear of third-place finisher Pryce’s Posse. Dominguez rode Gung Ho for Ken and Sarah Ramsey. It was the second straight win for the horse, who added Lasix off a maiden special weight win at Presque Isle Downs on Aug. 3. He covered the distance in 1:37.35.

* Tidal Volume ($5.20) keeps getting better. He won his fourth consecutive race in his stakes debut Saturday, which came in the $50,000 Temperence Hill for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs. Tidal Volume jumped out to the lead soon after the start, and after setting fractions of 22.65 for the opening quarter and 45.85 for the half-mile, proceeded to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Humble Destin. Gerard Melancon was aboard for Robin Murphy and trainer Tom Amoss.