09/28/2012 8:34PM

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

Email
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.