Charles Fipke’s’s Unbridled Forever, always well placed, commenced a strong rally in the final furlong and was up to be clearly best by a 1 ½-lengths in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The Silverbulletday is the first leg of Fair Grounds three-race series for sophomore fillies that concludes with the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on Louisiana Derby Day March 29.
The Silverbulletday winner, out of 2006 Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons Forever, is trained by Dallas Stewart, who also trained Lemons Forever. Unbridled Forever, who was ridden by Robby Albarado, returned mutuels of $4, $2.40 and $2.10, and
toured the mile and 70 yard distance in 1:43.03. She increased her
career earnings to $100,830 with her second win in three career starts.
“She’s a phenomenal filly,” said Albarado. “She’s got a lot of
buttons to her. Dallas has been very high on her from the start. I
don’t feel like we know the depth of her yet.”
Brereton C. Jones’s Divine Beauty made most of the
early pace with fractions of 23.75 and 47.87, could not withstand the
winner late but was clearly second best, paying $2.20 and $2.10 while
finishing 2 ¼-lengths in front of L.T. B. et al.’s Express Model who returned $3.
“We had a great trip,” said Rosie Napravnik, rider
of Divine Beauty. “I thought we’d go to the lead. She showed a lot of
heart and that was a great try for the first time around two turns.”
Army and Istanford completed the order of finish.
EDEN PRAIRIE RULES MARIE KRANTZ MEMORIAL
Lothenbach Stables’ Eden Prairie, who
won the $75,000 Pago Hop earlier in the season at Fair Grounds Race
Course & Slots, made it two in a row in Saturday’s $75,000 Marie
Krantz Memorial Handicap for older fillies and mares over a yielding
Stall-Wilson turf course at the Crescent City oval.
Ridden by Rosie Napravnik and trained by Neil Pessin, Eden
Prairie prompted the pace most of the way, gained the advantage at the
furlong marker and drew clear for a length tally at the wire.
“I wasn’t worried necessarily about the class hike as much as the
distance if she relaxed the way she did,” said Pessin. “I told Rosie
beforehand she did not have to have the lead. She let her settle back
in third. When she relaxes she can compete with almost anybody.”
Napravnik said much the same thing.
“We could have laid off or gone to the lead,” said Fair Grounds’
three-time defending jockey champion. “She really finished strong and
showed her class.”
Eden Prairie paid $8, $5 and $3.80, toured the about 1 1/16-mile
distance in 1:46.70 and increased her career earnings to $237,389 with
her fifth victory in 12 lifetime starts.
M & M Thoroughbred Partners’ 63-1 longshot Masquerade,
who made the pace with splits of 24.25, and 49.73, easily held the
place, paying $37.60 and $15 while finishing two lengths to the good of
Calumet Farm’s Irish-bred Starstruck who returned $2.60.
Twirl, Always Kitten, Channel Lady, Blushandbashful, Street of Gold, Starry Eyed Kate, Bluegrass Sapphire, Grandma’s Rules, and Queenie Vic completed the order of finish.