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EDDIE D STAKES QUOTES
COREY NAKATANI, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE, WINNER: “It’s an honor to win this race. Eddie was one of the guys I idolized when I first started. 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.”
MARTIN GARCIA, COMMA TO THE TOP, FOURTH: “He’s all right on the grass, but I think he’s better on synthetic or the dirt. No doubt about it. I think if it had been on a dirt track, it would have been a different story. I got a perfect trip. I was sitting in a pocket behind three horses. He just didn’t kick in like he normally does. He ran good because he’s a good horse.”
EDDIE DELAHOUSSAYE: “It’s a great honor (to have a stakes race named for me), especially because I’m living to see it. Most of the time, they give these awards and the people are deceased, and they never know they have won it. So at least I know I won it – thank God!
“It’s nice having my wife and family here, and the friends that were with us in the FrontRunner. To have the councilmen come out, and everybody at Santa Anita, and the fans . . . ”
SCOTT BLASI, ASSISTANT TO STEVE ASMUSSEN, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE, WINNER: “First time on turf but Unbridled’s Songs (the colt’s sire) generally like it. 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.”
PETER MILLER, COMMA TO THE TOP, FOURTH: “You know, he ran OK. I think he’s a better horse on the main track than on the dirt or the synthetic. He’s run on the grass, he’s won on the grass, but he’s not quite as good in my opinion. He looked like he had a decent trip. No real excuses. He just got outrun today. I’ll get with (owners) Mr. Barber, and Mr. Tsujihara and Mr. Birnbaum and we’ll figure out where to go next.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Mike McCarty of Austin, Texas.