09/06/2012 2:34PM

Louisiana Downs: She's All In back to defend title in River Cities


As far as supporting stakes go, the four turf events on Saturday’s Super Derby card go above and beyond the call of duty. Competitive fields and compelling story lines, not to mention six-figure purses, should help hold everyone’s interest on the biggest afternoon of the Louisiana Downs season.

The $100,000 River Cities gets the turf stakes action started in the sixth race. Eight fillies and mares are set to go 1 1/16 miles, including She’s All In, winner of last year’s River Cities.

A 5-year-old trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel, She’s All In has stepped up her game in 2012. After racing largely against fellow Oklahoma-breds in 2011, she has raced in graded stakes four times this year, including a win in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails at Hawthorne and a second in the Grade 3 Azeri at Oaklawn. Most recently, She’s All In won an allowance at Remington Park on Aug. 12. Her class advantage should serve her well Saturday. Luis Quinonez will ride

She’s All In’s primary opposition should come from a pair of Louisiana-breds. Pretty Not comes in off an upset win in the Distaff on Louisiana Cup Day here last month. She’s Prado’s Idol also won on Cup Day, scoring by a neck in the Oaks over the main track, and she also won on the local turf in May.

Golden Yank seeks Unbridled repeat

Golden Yank, winner of last season’s $100,000 Unbridled Stakes, appears to have a much more formidable task in front of him than She’s All In. Saturday’s Unbridled is loaded with established stakes performers as well as some rapidly improving types.

Similar to last year, when Golden Yank scored his only win of 2011 in the Unbridled, Golden Yank comes into the race off a steadily improving string of efforts. Most recently, he finished third in the DeBartolo Memorial at Remington Park after finishing fifth in the Lone Star Park Handicap. Also like last year, when he was ridden to victory by Rafael Bejarano, Golden Yank will have a high-profile rider in Joe Talamo.

Others in the Unbridled include Major Marvel, who was claimed for $10,000 by Mike Maker for Sarah and Kenneth Ramsey in the spring and has since won four straight, including the $100,000 West Virginia Speaker Stakes at Mountaineer; Global Power, a Tom Amoss charge who most recently won the $100,000 Sussex Stakes at Delaware; local favorite String King, a three-time winner on the grass here; 2010 Super Derby champ Apart, who will be making his turf debut; and Go Tiger Jack and Sadie’s Soldier, who have each won a stakes here this season on the turf.

Maker sends out juvenile duo

Maker will also be represented in the two 2-year-old turf stakes scheduled for Saturday. Kamchatka will take on the undefeated Brown Almighty in the $150,000 Sunday Silence, and Always Kitten will take on the highly regarded Promise Me More and Wilhelmina in the $100,000 Happy Ticket. Promise Me More won the Donnie Wilhite Memorial in her first career start here last month, and Wilhelmina was also an impressive debut winner.

Both of Maker’s 2-year-olds are coming off solid maiden efforts over the Saratoga turf. Always Kitten finished second in her first career start three weeks ago, and Kamchatka was a very troubled fourth in his most recent out.