Champion Older Dirt Mare Forever Unbridled turned in her second to last breeze in preparation for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Meydan Racecourse on Friday morning over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots main track. The 6-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Song went five furlongs in 1:00.60, the third fastest of 37 recorded works at the distance.
Fair Grounds clockers caught Forever Unbridled in eighth-mile fractions of 12.80, 25.20 and 37.40 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.20 and seven furlongs in 1:27.80.
“She worked well,” trainer Dallas Stewart said. “She galloped out well, came back and drinking a lot of water. She always drinks a lot of water. She's just maintaining herself and she never struggles. She's doing well.”
Forever Unbridled has proven herself to be well-traveled in her 17-race career having won eight races, all of which took place over different surfaces. She has won five Grade I races including last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff at Del Mar, which was her most recent start.
She is scheduled to have one final work over the Fair Grounds main track before shipping out on Monday, Mar. 19. Stewart stated that a decision regarding who will ride Forever Unbridled in the Dubai World Cup will likely be made this weekend.
Also working in preparation towards a trip to the United Arab Emirates was Live Oak Plantation's Holding Gold who went a half-mile in :46.80 for trainer Mark Casse. The Florida-bred son of Lonhro (Aus.) won the Colonel Power Overnight Stakes on Feb. 17 last out and is pointing towards the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-I) on the Dubai World Cup undercard.
Also working on Friday morning from the Casse barn were John C. Oxley and Breeze Easy LLC's Curlin's Honor who breezed a half-mile in :47.80 for next Saturday's Gr. II $900,000 Rebel Stakes (50-20-10-5) at Oaklawn Park. Working a half-mile for the Gr. III Jeff Ruby Steaks (20-10-5-2) at Turfway Park next Saturday was Ride A Comet who went the distance in :47.40. Stonestreet Stables LLC's Valadorna and Gary Barber's Wonder Gadot both completed their half-mile works in :47.80, the latter is still on target for the Gr. II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (100-40-20-10) on Mar. 24.
Other notable works include Valene Stables' Louisiana-bred Givemeaminit who went a half-mile in :49.00 and is likely for the $75,000 Crescent City Derby on Mar. 24. Possible for the Gr. II $1 million Louisiana Derby Presented by Twinspires.com (100-40-20-10) on Mar. 24, Newtown Anner Stud's Dark Templar went five furlongs in 1:01.40. Wayne Spalding and Faron McCubbins' Grade I winner Bullards Alley went five furlongs in 1:01.20.
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