SILVERBULLETDAY STAKES | PURSE: $125,000 | 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES | STAKES | 1 MILE, 70 YARDS
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 ⅗, :47 ⅘, and 1:12 ⅘.
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 ½ 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.
Divine Beauty finished second, 2 ¼ 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 ¼ lengths on November 30. She's now earned
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.
Earlier in the card, Jim Tafel's Fordubai posted a 7-1 upset of the $97,000 Louisiana Handicap for older horses.
A ground-saving second behind Grand Contender through splits of :23 ⅘, :47 ⅖, and 1:11 ⅘, Fordubai moved off the rail turning for home and wore down the long-time leader to win by a length in a time of 1:43 ⅕ for 1 1/16 miles.
Ridden by Robby Albarado, Fordubai paid $16.80.
Grand Contender held second by a neck over 3-5 favorite Prayer for Relief. The order of finish was rounded out by Agent Di Nozzo, Street Spice, and Voodoo Storm.
Winner of the $66,000 Straight Line at Arlington and second in the Illinois Derby last season, Fordubai entered the Louisiana off back-to-back sixth-place finishes in the Indiana Derby and Hawthorne Gold Cup.
Bred in Kentucky by his owner, Fordubai improved his record to 11-5-2-0, $327,452.