New York-bred Unbridled Command handled the trip to California from his New York base with aplomb and promptly dispatched a competitive field in the Hollywood Derby (G1) on Sunday, Nov. 25.
Owned by Lewis Lakin and trained by Tom Bush, Unbridled Command completed the 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:01.07 under Javier Castellano. The $150,000 winner’s share of the purse increased his bankroll to $469,040.
“I had a beautiful trip this time and everything worked out perfect,’’ said Castellano. “I saw the horses started backing out and I chose to go around and everything worked out perfect. I knew the closers would show up down the lane, but I was able to get the jump on them. This was my first time on this horse. I watched his race replays and I was very impressed and really liked him.”
Owned by co-breeder Lewis Lakin and trained by Tom Bush, Unbridled Command handled a class bump and a trip from his home state with aplomb. The Hollywood Derby win was his sixth in 10 career starts.
Never worse than third in nine starts on turf, Unbridled Command is undefeated in two races outside the state bred ranks in New York. He won the Grade 3 Saranac Sept. 2 at Saratoga.
Bush said Unbridled Command was to fly to Palm Meadows in Florida later in the evening and will be pointed to a race at Gulfstream Park.
“He likes to track on the turns,: said Bush. “He just matures from race to race to race. I couldn’t dream of a horse developing any nicer than this horse. He’s really gotten special.’’
Grandeur, the lukewarm 7-2 favorite after winning the Grade 2 Twilight Derby in his U.S. debut Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, rallied for second after being last of 14 for most of the 10 furlongs.
Lucky Chappy, a 15-1 shot, was a head back in third and returned $7.60 to show.
Unbridled Command/Benoit photo