09/28/2012 8:34PM

Santa Anita: Eddie D win propels Unbridled's Note to Breeders' Cup

Shigeki Kikkawa
Unbridled's Note, trained by Steve Asmussen, will move on to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint following his win in the Eddie D.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Unbridled’s Note won his turf debut in Friday’s $100,000 Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita, earning a trip to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here on Nov. 3.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Unbridled’s Note ($8) was always near the front, and took the lead in the final furlong to win by 1 1/4 lengths over 12-1 Chosen Miracle. Mensa Heat, a 16-1 shot, finished third in the field of 12.

Unbridled’s Note was a slight favorite. He ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.45.

Owned by Mike McCarty and trained by Steve Asmussen, Unbridled’s Note was a troubled third in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Saratoga on Aug. 25. The Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes, which honors the retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, was Unbridled’s Note’s first stakes win.

Delahoussaye and his family were in the winner’s circle on Friday.

Scott Blasi, Asmussen’s assistant, said that the BC Turf Sprint on the hillside turf course is a goal for Unbridled’s Note, who has won 3 of 7 starts and $195,741.

“This gives us a chance to run back in the Turf Sprint,” he said. “I like what I saw today. It was a dominating performance.

Bejarano avoids serious injury

Jockey Rafael Bejarano missed his final three rides of the day after being unseated in a spill in the fifth race.

Bejarano was aboard Just a Mirage in a maiden race over six furlongs.

At the end of the backstretch, Just a Mirage broke down badly while racing near the lead, unseating Bejarano. The jockey was taken from the track on an ambulance but was not hospitalized.

Just a Mirage, who was making his second career start, was euthanized, according to track officials.

Pick six carryover

There is a pick six carryover for Saturday of $55,260.

Going into Friday's last race, there were four horses covered in the pick six. It's Aine ($16.80) held off a late threat from 5-1 A Little Luckier in the stretch to cause the carryover.

A Little Luckier was covered in the pick six.

Saturday's pick six covers the final six races on an 11-race program.

All of the races are stakes, including five consecutive Grade 1 races and the minor Unzip Me Stakes.




JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Poor Just A Mirage. So sad, it was only his second start, ever. Just heartbreaking. Rest in peace, sweet horse. Happy to hear Rafael Bejarano is going to be okay after being unseated by Just A Mirage in this sad accident. Congratulations to Unbridled's Note and his connections on a nice victory in the Eddie D. I look forward to seeing Unbridled's Note running in the Breeders' Cup Turf Spring race. Good luck!
silver_charm More than 1 year ago
I liked how the winner 'Unbridled's poured it on late to grab the lead, and dig in when the speedball 'miracle came back on. These #downhill #turf sprints are among the most thrilling races there are in North American #horseracing
Dawood K More than 1 year ago
I agree with you Tom F. They are all the same bunch these " Handicappers " These poor fellows dont make much more than an average pay scale. I love to take them all in a personal handicapping contest with their own money on the tables. They all have big ego's with empty pockets. Can't stand them when I see the at the track. If Brad or any one of these guys challenges me I will fly from Dubai right now to L A and take their paycheck even though it wont be more than my one way ticket. Common Brad love to hear as well what you have to say.
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
You must be the president of Railbirds Local UAE...
Tom Fritzsche More than 1 year ago
Thanks Brad for going out on a limb. Instead of almost always picking the favorite, something any of your readers could do without your help, why not actually analyze the race and pick a horse that has a good chance to win and offers value. Please respond to this post........I would like to hear what you think of my analysis of you.