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11-26-2012, 07:50 PM
A Fistful of Dollars
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And Unbridled Command may be headed to Florida, too for the Gulfstream Handicap in February.
Lewis G. Lakin's Unbridled Command circled the field on the far turn of Sunday's Grade 1, $250,000 Hollywood Derby and stormed clear down the stretch, putting an exclamation point on the Turf Festival and extending his winning streak to five. The Tom Bush trainee was an overlay in his first venture outside his home state of New York, leaving the gate as the 7-1 fourth choice, but turned a competitive-looking race into a one-sided affair.
The streaking Unbridled Command has now bankrolled $469,040 from his 10-6-1-2 line. His only unplaced run came in his career debut on dirt last summer. Switched to the grass thereafter, he broke his maiden at Aqueduct last November. Unbridled Command took three tries to clear his entry-level allowance condition, checking that box at Belmont on June 23, and followed up with a victory in a second-level event at Saratoga August 1.
Making his stakes debut in the Grade 3 Saranac at the Spa on September 2, the gray rallied boldly to win by a half-length. Unbridled Command made it four in a row by crushing older New York-breds in the October 20 Mohawk at Belmont by 6 3/4 lengths, and now collected his first Grade 1 tilt here. As a son of Master Command, the strongly-made colt was entitled to improve with maturity and distance, and he promises to keep progressing.
"He likes to track on the turns," Bush said. "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. He's going to fly to Palm Meadows tonight and we'll figure out his next race.''
Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds and A. Lakin and Sons in the Empire State, Unbridled Command was sold for $28,000 as a two-year-old in training at OBS April. He is out of the unraced Unbridled's Song mare Unbridled Betty, who is a half-sister to stakes-winning stakes producers Tarage and Chartreuse. Another of her half-siblings, the winning Nureyev mare Astaire Step, produced multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Manistique. This is also the family of multiple Grade 2 victress Randaroo and Grade 1 queen Freedom Cry.
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