“It’s an honor to win this race. Eddie was one of the guys I idolized when I first started,” said Nakatani. “It’s good to get that first stakes win for the meet out of the way. This horse is a good enough horse to put me in the position I needed to be in to win. The key is if they handle it, and he handled it just fine. It’s Eddie D.’s day today though. He’s a great asset to the sport.”
Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, saddled the winner.
“First time on turf but Unbridled’s Songs (the colt’s sire) generally like it,” Blasi said. “This puts us in a position to make the Breeders’ Cup (Turf Sprint) with him. I just told Corey (Nakatani) to put him in a good spot and see if he liked it or not. They either like it or they don’t but he’s bred to like the grass and he’s a really talented colt. We got a little updraft with him early in the year, but this is a great spot for him and it gives us the opportunity to run back in the Sprint down the hill here (at Santa Anita on Nov. 3).”
Asked to compare Unbridled’s Note to Regally Ready, who won the BC Turf Sprint last year for Asmussen: “This is his first time on the grass. It was a pretty dominating performance, I thought, and usually when you run them back the second time, hopefully they run better because they have a little more direction. Corey gave him a great trip, gave him horses to follow, got across the dirt, the horse finished up beautiful.”
Unbridled’s Note/Benoit photo