Saturday, December 28, 2013
Unbridled's Note wins Daytona at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Unbridled's Note edged El Commodore by a half-length to win the $100,000 Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Unbridled's Note ran 6½ furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:11.89 and paid $5, $3.20 and $2.40 as the 3-2 favorite in the field of seven for the Grade 3 race.
It was Unbridled's Note's third win in six tries on the turf at Santa Anita.
"Today we got the trip we wanted to get and it all worked out," Nakatani said. "He's a gem to ride and he's only getting better with age. He's back, he's at his home track now and it was a great win."
The victory, worth $60,000, increased the 4-year-old colt's career earnings to $636,683, with five wins in 16 starts.
El Commodore returned $6.80 and $3, while Gallant Son was another 4 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3.40 to show.
In the $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds, Enterprising won by three-quarters of a length under Gary Stevens, who finished second in the Daytona Stakes.
Making his third career start, Enterprising ran a mile on the turf in 1:35.25 and paid $5.60, $3.20 and $2.60.
Royal Banker and Nakatani returned $3.60 and $2.80, while Lucky Views was a neck back in third and paid $4.80 to show. Craftsman, the 3-2 favorite, was fifth.