UNBRIDLED’S NOTE BACK TO DEFEND TITLE IN FRIDAY’S GRADE III EDDIE D. STAKES AT SANTA ANITA, ASMUSSMEN TRAINEE HEADS FIELD OF 14 AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSE AS 24-DAY AUTUMN MEETS OPENS

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September 24, 2013

COMEBACKING CARACORTADO & OTHERS HOPE TO RUN WELL AND QUALIFY TO RUN IN GRADE I XPRESSBET BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT NOV. 2
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ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2013)—Unbridled’s Note heads a strong field of 14 horses in the Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course as the The Great Race Place kicks off its 24-day Autumn Meet on Friday in anticipation of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Unbridled’s Note won last year’s Eddie D. at age three and was subsequently second, beaten a half length by Mizdirection in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Lightly raced this year, Unbridled’s Note has been idle since running eighth in the Grade II, seven furlong Churchill Downs Stakes on May 4. Prior to that, he was a game winner of the Joe Hernandez Handicap down the hill on Feb. 23 and was then second in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Potrero Grande Stakes on April 6.
Owned by Mike McCarty, Unbridled’s Note has demonstrated that he can lay close or come from off the pace effectively. He’ll again be handled by Corey Nakatani, who has ridden him in each of his last six starts.
Idle since streaking to victory in the Grade III Daytona Stakes down the hill on Jan. 8, 2012, comebacking Caracortado, a 6-year-old California-bred gelding, is a multiple graded stakes winner on both turf and dirt and like many, is hoping to use the Eddie D. as a springboard to running in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Bred, trained and owned in-part by Mike Machowsky, Caracortado has been on the sidelines due to a nagging problem with his right front hoof. Dating back to Aug. 19 at Del Mar, he has a steady series of drills to his credit, his most recent being a five furlong move in 1:13.80 on Sept. 20 at Santa Anita.
“He had lost that whole frog (an integral component of the foot that acts as a shock absorber and helps facilitate circulation) and it took a lot of time to strengthen and grow out properly,” said Machowsky. “There’s always going to be a little deformity to it because of the way it’s grown back, but we’ve been able to string together (several) works and it’s looking good now.”
Despite his lack of recency, Machowsky is bullish on Caracortado’s chances. “He’s trained unbelievable and he’s never been beaten off a layoff.”

Prior to his hiatus, Caracortado, one of three Cal-breds in the Eddie D. lineup, was considered one of the top turf milers in the country. In his lone hillside sprint, Caracortado was a devastating last-to-first winner of the Daytona and could employ similar tactics should a fast pace develop. In addition to Machowsky’s Lo Hi Stable, he is owned by (Don) Blahut Racing LLC, Kagele Brothers and Donkey Island Racing. Caracortado has $864,105 in earnings from an overall mark of 19-9-2-3.

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