ALLEN LANDRY TRAINEE PICKS UP SECOND STAKES VICTORY OF THE SEASON
OPELOUSAS, LA –Racegoers enjoying the Family Night activities at Evangeline Downs witnessed Net a Bear pick up another stakes victory in the $60,000 Opelousas Stakes on Friday night. The Allen Landry trainee was a winner of the Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff in her most recent start. The one-mile race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, originally scheduled for the turf, was contested over a main track rendered sloppy by persistent afternoon rains.
Lady Valentine was away sharpest from her inside post and set out to an early lead, with Splenda Gail and favored Quin Ella in close pursuit. Net a Bear and jockey Tim Thornton were away in good order and settled into stride towards the back of the field of seven runners. Lady Valentine was allowed to set comfortable fractions of an opening quarter-mile in 24.07 and a half-mile in 47.81. Moving into the far turn Quinn Ella edged forward past Splenda Gail to put some pressure on Lady Valentine, while Net a Bear was steadily gaining on the leaders while saving ground with an inside trip.
Through six furlongs in 1:12.92, Quinn Ella moved to the lead at the top of the lane outside of Lady Valentine. Net a Bear was angled out from the rail to the middle of the track to commence her stretch winning drive. In the final sixteenth of a mile, Lady Valentine had battled back to retake the lead from Quinn Ella but was not able to hold off Net a Bear in the final yards. Net a Bear’s winning margin was a neck over Lady Valentine, with Quinn Ella another 1-1/2 lengths back in third. The running time for the mile was 1:39.52.
Owned by Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro, Net a Bear earned $36,000 for the victory. The win is the 13th from 35 career starts and increased her lifetime earnings to $651,970.
The 6-year-old mare was bred in Louisiana by Lora Pitre and Elaine Carroll. Sired by Awesome Bet, the bay mare is out of the Eddington mare Edacious Reality.
Net a Bear returned $6.10 as the slight second-choice in the wagering to win, $3.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Lady Valentine was worth $8.20 to place and $3.40 to show. Quinn Ella paid $2.60 to show.
Live racing resumes on Saturday with a 5:30pm first post. The featured event is the $60,000 John Henry Stakes. The Evangeline Downs Thoroughbred season runs on a Wednesday thru Saturday schedule until August 27.