09/09/2017 8:27PM

Net Gain notches first open-company stakes score in Unbridled

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Net Gain returned $23.60 for a 3 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Unbridled, one of six stakes on the Louisiana Super Derby undercard.

Net Gain withstood both a stewards’ inquiry and a claim of foul by two jockeys to win his first stakes race outside of the Iowa-bred ranks in the $60,000 Unbridled at Louisiana Downs. He was a 3 1/2-length winner over 1-5 favorite Big Changes.

The Unbridled was one of six undercard stakes supporting the meet’s richest race, the $200,000 Super Derby, which was won by Mr. Misunderstood.

Net Gain ($23.60) was content to settle off the leaders, as Big Changes and Lawless West dueled through fractions of 23.94 seconds for the opening quarter, 48.21 for the half-mile and 1:12.11 for six furlongs. Net Gain put in a determined bid through the stretch, covering 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in a quick 1:41.76.

“My horse went on and finished really well,” said winning jockey Glenn Corbett. “He ran real big today.”

Following the Unbridled, the riders of Big Changes and Thunderberg claimed interference at the top of the stretch. The stewards made no change to the order of finish.

Net Gain was winning the third stakes race of his career, behind the Iowa Breeders’ Derby in 2015 and the Cyclones Handicap in June – both for Iowa-breds at Prairie Meadows. Trainer Clinton Stuart said the Unbridled was targeted after a turf race did not fill at Remington.

“We wanted to run on turf,” said Stuart.

Net Gain earned $36,000 for the win, his sixth from 27 starts. He has now earned $323,587. Net Gain is a 5-year-old by Include and he races for Greg Allen Johnson. He was bred by Lane Thoroughbreds.

Trio of stakes wins for Cox

Trainer Brad Cox invaded Louisiana Downs from Kentucky and won three stakes on the card, including the Super Derby. His other winners were Quinta Verde in the $60,000 River Cities and Lady O’Toole in the $60,000 Happy Ticket.

Lady O’Toole ($4.60) stalked the pace from the outset, as Chloe Raven took the field through an opening quarter in 23.43 seconds in the mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies. Chloe Raven continued to lead through a half-mile in 47.78, as Lady O’Toole advanced, took over in the stretch, and separated herself from her rivals to the wire, drawing off by 3 1/2 lengths over Caroline the Great.

“Turning for home, she just went on her way,” said winning rider Colby Hernandez.

Lady O’Toole covered the distance on firm ground in 1:37.03. She was winning her third race from four starts and the $36,000 she earned pushed her career bankroll to $82,470. Lady O’Toole races for Steve Landers. She is by Colonel John and is from the female family of $5 million earner Well Armed.

Quinta Verde ($3.60) was always prominent for a 3 1/4-length win over Smiley Briley in the River Cities, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Sister Blues, who had won her last four races, was scratched from the River Cities. 

Quinta Verde covered the distance on firm turf in 1:43.32. The win was her first in a stakes. Quinta Verde is by Tamayuz and she races for Swift Thoroughbreds, Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds.

Triple for Saenz

Diego Saenz was aboard Quinta Verde, one of three stakes wins he had on the card Saturday. Saenz also won the $60,000 Sunday Silence with Budro Talking and the $50,000 Tellike with Justa Lady.

Budro Talking ($15.80) closed for a 1 3/4-length win over High Providence. Budro Talking covered the mile on turf for 2-year-olds in 1:37.82. Danny Pish trains the winner for Jerry Durant. Burdo Talking is a son of Tale of Ekati.

Justa Lady ($4.80) rallied for a three-quarter-length win over Our Valor in the Tellike. The winner covered the about five-furlong distance on turf in 56.13 seconds. Steve Asmussen trains Justa Lady for Curtis Green. The winner is a daughter of More Than Ready.

◗ Eden Grey’s Kitten ($10) ran a big race on the turnback in distance in the $50,000 Need for Speed, getting up for a neck win in the "about" five furlong turf race. He covered the distance in 56.36 seconds. Eden’s Grey’s Kittten was cutting back from 1 1/16 miles. Gerard Melancon rode the winner for Whispering Oaks Farm and trainer Steve Flint. Eden Grey’s Kitten is by Kitten’s Joy.

◗ The Tellike, Happy Ticket, Unbridled and Super Derby made for a 50-cent all-stakes pick four on races 8-11 that returned $562.45. There was $29,632 bet on the pick four, which had a guaranteed pool of $75,000.