Underpressure scored his 7th stakes victory with a win in the Owner Appreciation Cup this weekend at Delta Downs.
Closing with a devastating late kick, Underpressure emerged from the clouds to run down pacesetter Treasure Trove in the stretch. The Chris Richard trainee, who was ridden by Gerard Melancon, hit the finish line 1-1/4 lengths to the good of Treasure Trove with Paddock Pick finishing another 2-1/4 lengths back in third. The race was a Gainesway exacta for stallions Birdstone and Tapizar, the former of who is responsible for Underpressure, the latter Treasure Trove. The final time for Underpressure was 1:38.79.
Underpressure has now won 13 of 36 races and the $48,000 prize on Saturday night raised his career bankroll to $741,382. The 6-year-old Louisiana-bred son of Birdstone, out of the Charismatic mare Charming Colleen, won all three of his starts at Delta Downs this meet, each with Melancon in the saddle. The biggest score came in the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship on February 8, which was the richest race of the season.
Birdstone stands at Gainesway Farm for $5,000.