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Unbridled Forever exerts class in Silverbulletday
Lemons Forever posted one of the biggest upsets in recent Kentucky Oaks history when taking the 2006 edition at odds of 47-1. Her three-year-old daughter, Unbridled Forever, won't be so easily dismissed in the future following a convincing score in Saturday's $125,000 Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds.
Ever so slightly favored over Divine Beauty, who also started at even-money in the field of five, Unbridled Forever patiently bided her time on the outside, within striking range, as that rival set fractions of :23 3/5, :47 4/5, and 1:12 4/5.
Improving position while still staying clear on the outside, Unbridled Forever reached Divine Beauty at the three-sixteenths pole and edged clear through the lane to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Ridden by Robby Albarado, Unbridled Forever finished up one mile and 40 yards in 1:43 over a fast track.
Campaigned by breeder Charles Fipke and trained by Dallas Stewart, Unbridled Forever returned a $4 mutuel.
"She is a phenomenal filly," Albarado said. "She’s got a lot of buttons to her. Dallas has been very high on her from the start. I’ve never gotten on her in the mornings, only in the three races. She’s been exceptional every race."
Divine Beauty finished second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Express Model. Army and Istanford completed the order of finish after the scratch of Awesome Jill.
A tiring fifth in her October 27 debut at Churchill Downs going a mile, Unbridled Forever rebounded by taking a seven-furlong maiden over the same track by 5 1/4 lengths on November 30. She's now earned $100,830.
A Kentucky-bred by Unbridled's Song, Unbridled Forever counts as a second dam Critikola, a multiple Group 2 winner in Argentina who was later multiple Grade 1-placed in the U.S.
Another granddaughter of Critikola is Bajan, a three-year-old who captured the Anoakia and Moccasin in Southern California last fall.