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Fair Grounds-based trainer Dallas Stewart, who saddled Horton Stable and Dallas Stewart’s Lemons Forever to win the Grade I Kentucky Oaks in 2006 for a $96.20 win payoff, is now hopeful of pursuing that sort of campaign with Charles Fipke’s Unbridled Forever, a precocious daughter of that champion.

To that end, the McComb, Mississippi-born Stewart breezed Unbridled Forever five furlongs in “a minute and change” Sunday morning at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in preparation for Saturday’s $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day at the Crescent City oval.

The Silverbulletday, at a mile and 70 yards, is the first of Fair Grounds’ three-race sophomore filly series that concludes with the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on Louisiana Derby Day March 29, and five of the last nine Fair Grounds Oaks winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Oaks later in the spring.

Unbridled Forever, who broke her maiden Nov. 30 at Churchill by 5 ¼ lengths in her most recent start, has now been given three five-furlong moves since coming to New Orleans and Stewart is pleased with her progress.

“She’s hit the mark we’ve set for her three weeks in a row now,” said Stewart, one of the first in a solid core of successful conditioners who came up under Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.  “I’m very happy with her fitness level now since we gave her a little bit of time coming into this race.”

Did Unbridled Forever remind Stewart of her mother?

“She’s fast just like her mother,” Stewart said, “and we’ve been stretching her out in her works to get her ready to go a mile and 70 yards this time.”



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