, $150,000, SAR, 9-2, 3yo, 1 1/8mT, 1:46 2/5, fm.
1--#@UNBRIDLED COMMAND, 117, c, 3, by Master Command
1st Dam: Unbridled Betty, by Unbridled's Song
2nd Dam: Timotara, by Secretariat
3rd Dam: Sailingon, by Sail On-Sail On
($28,000 2yo '11 OBSAPR). O-Lakland Farm; B-Sequel Thoroughbreds LLC & A Lakin & Sons Inc (NY); T-Thomas M Bush; J-Ramon A Dominguez. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 8-4-1-2, $214,040. *Third black-type winner for sophomore sire (by A.P. Indy). Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 121, c, 3, English Channel
--Violet Lady, by Seattle Slew. O/B-Bluegrass Hall, LLC (KY); T-D Wayne Lukas. $30,000.
3--Lucky Chappy (Ire)
, 119, c, 3, High Chaparral (Ire)
-- Germane (GB), by Distant Relative (Ire). (€16,000 yrl '10 ITYSEP). O-Team Valor International; B-Allevamento Gialloblu S R L (Ire); T-H Graham Motion. $15,000.
Margins: HF, 1, NK. Odds: 10.30, 11.60, 1.35.
Also Ran: King Kreesa, Excaper, Set the Sail, Starforce, Quick Wit, Spring to the Sky, Shkspeare Shaliyah.
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Unbridled Command was run down late in his turf bow here just over a year ago, but has found the winner's circle in back-to-back lawn tries at The Spa as a sophomore. The grey Empire-bred romped home a 4 1/4-length winner over soft going at Belmont two back June 23, and was last seen annexing a second-level optional claimer over his elders Aug. 1. This was his first try against open company, but he handled it with aplomb under a ride from the seemingly unbeatable Ramon Dominguez, who was winning his sixth race on the afternoon and a record 66th at the Saratoga stand. Comfortably rated by Dominguez as Skyring zipped through ambitious splits of :22.51, :46.35 and 1:10.80, Unbridled Command caught the eye as he split horses entering the stretch. He hit the front a furlong from home, and while the front-runner dug in gamely, the winner had too much left in the tank. "I actually think the horse would have been 15-1 or 16-1 if it wasn't for Ramon riding," noted trainer Tom Bush. "I was very fortunate to get him. You're always in good hands in the big races when you can get the top riders, and he's obviously the best. We were happy to get him. The horse has done wonderfully up here. He came out of his last race really good and had two really good works. His last work was sensational. It was as good as a horse can work. I was just hoping he had enough class to run good, and he did." Dominguez added, "I was focusing on giving [Unbridled Command] the best ride that I could and getting the most from him. Coming to the three-eighths pole, when I was able to squeeze in between horses, he gave me a great kick. I knew I wasn't already there, but I was excited. I said to myself, 'win or lose, at this point, I am within a chance of breaking the record.' It was neat. When I passed the wire, it was one of those [moments] to take a second to let all of it to sink in."