Underpressure Back for Premier Night Championship Try

Last year Underpressure finished second in the LA Bred Premier Night Championship.

 

After coming up just short in last year’s Louisiana-bred Premier Night Championship Stakes at Delta Downs, Underpressure will try to earn a trip to the winner’s circle this year against an expected nine state-bred rivals in the 1 1/16-mile test Feb. 9.

The $150,000 Premier Night Championship is one of six stakes for Louisiana-breds that will award a total $675,000 in purses. The card also features four starter stakes that will award another $220,000.

In last year’s Premier Night Championship, Mallory Greiner’s Underpressure launched a strong rally from sixth but would be edged for the win by Mobile Bay, who prevailed by a nose. Underpressure, a son of Birdstone , will be making his first start as a 5-year-old after closing last season with a 3 1/2-length score over state-breds in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 8 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Trained by Chris Richard, Underpressure boasts three stakes wins and seven stakes placings as he enters his fourth season of racing. On Saturday he’ll start from post four with jockey Corey Lanerie aboard.

After a stakes win and an allowance-optional claiming victory sprinting at Fair Grounds, Valene Farms’ Givemeaminit will stretch out Saturday while Brittlyn Stable’s Magic Vow will try for a second consecutive stakes win after a four-length victory in the off-the-turf Louisiana Champions Day Turf Stakes Dec. 8 at Fair Grounds.

The field also includes the second- and third-place finishers from the Louisiana Champions Day Classic in runner-up Grande Basin and third-place finisher Mageez.

In the other five stakes for state-breds on Saturday’s Louisiana Premier Night card:

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