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Unbridled Forever on course for FG Oaks

  • Unbridled Forever drilled six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 Saturday (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)

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 2/5 in preparation for the upcoming Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks on Louisiana Derby Day March 29 at Fair Grounds.

"I was very pleased with her work yesterday," trainer Dallas Stewart said during training hours Sunday morning when speaking of his star filly who has been idle since winning Fair Grounds' $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes January 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 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.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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