Unquestionable Upsets Delta Derby

Longest shot in the field lights up the toteboard at 26-1.

June 2, 2012

More than a full year after her first and only other victory, Patrick Huckman’s Unquestionable scored a huge upset in Saturday’s $128,405 Delta Downs Louisiana Breeders’ Derby (RG2). The Oak Tree Special filly dueled for the lead throughout the 400-yard contest and prevailed by a head with Orlando Baldillez up for trainer Janet VanBebber. Sent off at 26-1 as the longest shot in the field, Unquestionable returned $54.80 for a $2 win bet after stopping the timer at :19.806.

Unquestionable, the only filly in the field, finished third in her trial to earn the sixth-fastest qualifying time. Bred by Daniel Trahan out of the Dash For Cash mare Real Or Imagined, who is the dam of three other stakes winners, Unquestionable has only visited the winner’s circle twice in her career but has hit the board in eight of 11 starts. The filly broke her maiden last year at Delta and then qualified to the Lee Berwick Memorial Louisiana Bred Futurity (RG1). This victory was worth $64,203 and increased Unquestionable’s earnings to $105,728.

Polly Coleman’s Coors Select, a gelding by Oak Tree Special who won two stakes and more than $250,000 last year, put in a big late run to take second under jockey Gilbert Ortiz. VanBebber also saddled Coors Select to compete the exacta.

Mossy Oak Tree, the fastest qualifier and 8-5 favorite, finished a close third for owners Christopher Gautreaux and Mac Sumpter. The gelding, who entered the race with a perfect four-for-four record as a 3-year-old, gave sire Oak Tree Special a sweep of the top three spots.