Charles Fipke’s Unbridled Forever, who emerged as the 8-1 third choice in the wagering when the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager closed earlier this month, breezed six furlongs Saturday morning in 1:12.40 in preparation for the upcoming Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on Louisiana Derby Day March 29 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
“I was very pleased with her work yesterday,” said trainer Dallas Stewart during training hours Sunday morning when speaking of his star filly who has been idle since winning Fair Grounds’ $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan.
18. That was the Crescent City oval’s first leg of its three-race
series for sophomore fillies that concludes with the Fair Grounds
Oaks. “We got just what we wanted. She worked good, galloped out
good and ate up good last night. She’s right on schedule.”
Stewart trained the 2006 Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons Forever, who
subsequently foaled Unbridled Forever in Kentucky on April 23, 2011.
The conditioner, a native of nearby McComb, Mississippi, elected to
bypass the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes with Unbridled Forever as the middle leg of Fair Grounds’ series and has saved her for the Fair Grounds Oaks by design.
“There are plenty of big races later on the season,” Stewart said in
the days immediately following her Silverbulletday Stakes victory.
Five of the last nine Fair Grounds Oaks winners have gone on to victory in the Kentucky Oaks a few weeks later in the spring.
Stewart worked West Point Thoroughbreds’ Louisiana Derby candidate Commanding Curve and Charles Fipke’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap candidate Golden Soul in
company going three-quarters on Friday to post bullet breezes of
1:13.60 over a track rated good. Seven-time Fair Grounds jockey
champion Robby Albarado was aboard Commanding Curve and is expected to ride him once again in the Louisiana Derby.
A rider for Golden Soul, who finished second behind Stuart Janney’s Orb in last spring’s Kentucky Derby, has
not been determined for the upcoming New Orleans Handicap, which will
also be contested March 29 as part of the Louisiana Derby Day program.