‘I’m Thinking One’: Stewart Considering Either Forever Unbridled Or Seeking The Soul For Pegasus

by | 12.04.2017 | 4:44pm
Charles Fipke and Dallas Stewart love on Forever Unbridled after her Breeders' Cup Distaff victory

Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Forever Unbridled and her Grade 1-winning stablemate Seeking the Soul are being prepared to run in Gulfstream Park's $16 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 27, though there has been no final determination as to which will actually run in horse racing's most lucrative race, said trainer Dallas Stewart.

Stewart, who is stabled for the winter in New Orleans, said it's possible both horses will run, with each Pegasus starter requiring a $1 million buy-in.

“I think one will be a definite, which one I don't know yet,” he said. “I don't know if it will be two; I'm thinking one. But plans could change. They're both training up to the race. We're going to have to have a thought process about it to see if it works to have two.”


Forever Unbridled, three for three this year and who almost assuredly locked up the Eclipse Award as champion older filly or mare with her Distaff triumph at Del Mar, could have her first work since the Breeders' Cup later this week. 

“She's doing well. We just gave her a little bit of time after the race, just jogged her a little bit,” Stewart said. “But she's back to full galloping. She's healthy, looks good and I'm very happy.”

Seeking the Soul won Churchill Downs' Grade 1 Clark Handicap on Nov. 24 for his first stakes victory. Both horses are owned by breeder Charles Fipke, with Hall of Famer John Velazquez their most recent rider.

“They're both such nice horses, very accomplished,” Stewart said. “Seeking the Soul is just coming into his own. He's a very tough horse. She's just been great all year. You can't really compare them, but you can enjoy both of them, for sure.”

The trainer acknowledged it's appealing to see how the standout mare, now 5, matches up with the best dirt horses in the world, such as Breeders' Cup Classic winner Gun Runner.

“Also, it's a big purse. We know that she's very good,” he said. “You have to see…throw everything on the table and see how you match up, see what it's going to cost you to run. These big races, they do cost you to run; you don't get to run for free. A lot of things have to add up.”

  • Bryan Langlois

    I thought with the increased purse of the Pegasus that all entrants at least got their million back they put up to buy the slot. So technically aside from shipping I guess it should cost that much to run. I don’t think there were entry fees associated aside from the Million to buy the gate spot right?

    • really?

      “I thought with the increased purse of the Pegasus that all entrants at least got their million back they put up to buy the slot.

    • Judoon

      No. If everyone got all of their money back, every slot would have sold out long ago. For the 2017 running, horses finishing 4th-12th each earned $250,000 plus their owners got another smaller amount of miscellaneous revenue. The top three got $7m, $1,750,000, and $1m purse plus other revenue. If they had guaranteed $1m to all entries in 2018, that would devote $9m of the total $16m to horses 4-12, leaving just $7m total for the top 3 combined. And that’s not happening.

  • David Juffet

    Cheapest grandstand seat $180 a pop. This race does nothing positive for the sport.

  • MaiyaDay

    It’ll be a real shame if they don’t let Forever Unbridled take a chance here. She’s the definition of consistency, both this year and lifetime, she’s very talented, 9f is probably her best distance, and she’s fresh having only run 3 times this year.

    I’d put Seeking the Soul away for a short rest before pulling him back out and aiming for the DWC and a Classic campaign, since Fipke likes to take his chances in the big races. Running him in the Pegasus means he either doesn’t get a break until summer, or doesn’t go to Dubai.

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