Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Steve Queen
Charles Fipke's Unbridled Forever
tuned up for her run in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama on Friday,
working a crisp five furlongs in 1:00.40 on the main track under
exercise rider Pedro Valez.
by Dallas Stewart, the 3-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Song is
coming off a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American
Oaks, a race in which Stopchargingmaria beat her by five lengths.
worked beautiful," Stewart said. "From her last race to now, she has
gained weight which is a good sign. She came out of a hard race. It
shows that she handled it and handled the race. She's handled the hard
training we've given her - some good mile-and-a-half gallops. They have
been strong on the end. Today's work was spectacular. It was very
comfortable. It was perfect."
Rosie Napravnik will pick up the mount on Unbridled Forever for the Alabama.
Now Unbridled Forever will get an extra furlong for the 1 ¼-mile Alabama on August 16.
added distance will benefit her," Stewart said. "She'll probably run
the same type of race. She'll be off the pace, strong finish. The extra
furlong will probably be the difference."
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top four finishers from the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks are
likely to return in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama on August 16.
is probable to headline the Alabama field for trainer Todd Pletcher and
owner Mike Repole. The dark bay or brown daughter of Tale of the Cat
captured the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan on the Preakness undercard before
taking the CCA Oaks by five lengths in her most recent outing. Pletcher
may also be represented by Got Lucky, runner-up in the Grade 2
Gazelle at Aqueduct, and most recently winner of a first-level allowance
race at Saratoga.
CCA Oaks runner-up Unbridled Forever is likely
to be sent out by trainer Dallas Stewart. Owned by Charles E. Fipke, the
bay filly has now placed in three consecutive Grade 1 races but has not
entered the winner's circle since a victory in the Silverbulletday on
January 18 at the Fair Grounds.
Trainer Bill Mott is probable to saddle
the third and fourth-place finishers from the CCA Oaks, Miss Besilu and America, and Fortune Pearl
rounds out the list of probables for the Alabama. The Mineshaft filly,
trained by Graham Motion, finished third in the Black-Eyed Susan before
taking the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks in her latest outing.