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Unbridled Forever readies for Silverbulletday stakes bow with five-furlong move

Fair Grounds-based trainer Dallas Stewart, who saddled Lemons Forever to win the 2006 Kentucky Oaks for a $96.20 win payoff, is now hopeful of pursuing that sort of campaign with Charles Fipke's Unbridled Forever, a precocious daughter of that Lemon Drop Kid mare.

To that end, the McComb, Mississippi-born Stewart breezed Unbridled Forever five furlongs in 1:03 2/5 Sunday morning over Fair Grounds' fast main track in preparation for Saturday's $125,000 Silverbulletday on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day at the Crescent City oval.

The Silverbulletday, at a mile and 70 yards, is the first of Fair Grounds' three-race sophomore filly series that concludes with the Grade 2, $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks on Louisiana Derby Day, March 29, and five of the last nine Fair Grounds Oaks winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Oaks later in the spring.

Unbridled Forever, who broke her maiden November 30 at Churchill by 5 1/4 lengths in her most recent start, has now been given three five-furlong moves since coming to New Orleans and Stewart is pleased with her progress.

"She's hit the mark we've set for her three weeks in a row now," Stewart said. "I'm very happy with her fitness level now since we gave her a little bit of time coming into this race."

Did Unbridled Forever remind Stewart of her mother?

"She's fast just like her mother," Stewart said, "and we've been stretching her out in her works to get her ready to go a mile and 70 yards this time."