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Trainer Jonathan Sheppard

Saratoga is hosting a Mid-Summer St. Patrick’s Day celebration today, but for Forever Together - the 2-1 morning-line favorite to win Saturday's Grade 1 Diana for the third straight year - any day is a good occasion to have a pint of Guinness.


“Guinness used to use the slogan ‘Guinness is good for you,’ and apparently it is,” said Forever Together’s Hall of Fame trainer, Jonathan Sheppard. “My grandmother died 20 years ago at the age of 96. She lived in a small town in the country [in England], and there was a doctor who made house calls. When she wasn’t feeling well, the doctor would come over. He recommended that she have a pint of Guinness a day.”


And Guinness has been good for Forever Together, too. The mare used to overheat because she wouldn’t sweat, but the mare has perspired properly ever since Sheppard started adding the stout to her feed. The tactic has worked brilliantly as Forever Together received Champion Female Turf Horse honors in 2008 and has earned nearly $2.9 million to date.


“It’s a good additive,” said Sheppard of Guinness, which consists of malted and roasted barley, hops, water, and yeast. “It definitely helps horses who don’t sweat properly, and I think it helps their appetite, too. Usually darker foods and liquids are richer. The lager type beers are basically like ginger ale.”


And Guinness will give Forever Together extra incentive to win Saturday’s Diana.


“If she doesn’t run well,” said Sheppard, “I’ll punish her by giving her Budweiser or Bud Light!”



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