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.