Mr. Misunderstood Continues Turf Domination In Woodchopper
By Ryan Martin/Fair Grounds Barn Notes
NEW ORLEANS (December 30, 2017) – Flurry Racing Stables LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood added yet another turf stakes victory to his resume and is now an unbeaten 8-for-8 on the grass after scoring a victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Woodchopper Stakes, which is run a distance of one mile over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ Stall-Wilson Turf Course.
Piloted by Shaun Bridgmohan, the 3-year-old son of Archaracharch sat fourth off of a pace led by 69-1 longshot St. Louie Guy who set opening fractions of 24.25, 489.09 and 1:13.44 while Kitten’s Cat laid two lengths behind him in second. Approaching the far turn, St. Louie Guy began to give way as Kitten’s Cat then took control of the pace. Meanwhile, Mr. Misunderstood began to inch his way closer to the front and finally took the lead from Kitten’s Cat at the top of the stretch where he kicked away from the rest of the Woodchopper field to win by 1¾ lengths over First Premio and Kitten’s Cat who ran second and third, respectively.
“He’s professional,” Bridgmohan said. “He makes my job easy, I was just the passenger. He was impressive today.”
In addition to an undefeated record on grass, the Brad Cox-trainee earned his fifth consecutive stakes win in the Woodchopper. He previously scored victories in Louisiana Downs’ Super Derby Prelude Stakes on Aug. 5 and the Super Derby on Sept. 9. Following his pair of triumphs over the Shreveport oval, he shipped back to his home base at Churchill Downs to take the Jefferson Cup on Sept. 30 followed by the Gr. III Commonwealth Turf on Nov. 11, his lone graded stakes triumph.
“He ran really well today,” Cox said. “Shaun rode him well and put him in the right position. We backed him back up to a mile in this race and he handled it well. He’s very impressive on the turf. We’ll see how he comes out of it. We won’t come back in the ($125,000) Colonel E.R. Bradley (on Jan. 13), but we may look at the (Gr. III $150,000) Fair Grounds Handicap (on Feb. 17) and go from there.”
Mr. Misunderstood earned $45,000 from his win in the Woodchopper which enhanced his lifetime earnings to $409,694. In 13 career starts he has made nine trips to the winner’s circle and has won over four different turf courses.
Mr. Misunderstood rewarded his backers in payouts of $5, $3.20 and $2.80. First Premio returned $6.20 and $5 while Kitten’s Cat returned $6.40.
The field for the Woodchopper was completed by Just Move On, Cowboy Culture, It’s Your Nickel, Caribou Club, Big Bend, Oxford Lane, Don’task Don’ttell and St. Louie Guy.