For­ever Un­bri­dled could try Clas­sic

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By David Gren­ing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Given her propen­sity to run well fresh, For­ever Un­bri­dled will most likely train up to the Breed­ers’ Cup, her con­nec­tions said Sun­day morn­ing, the day af­ter she beat Song­bird in the Grade 1 Per­sonal En­sign at Saratoga.

In which Breed­ers’ Cup race For­ever Un­bri­dled will run re­mains to be de­cided.

Owner Charles Fipke said Sun­day he would con­sider run­ning For­ever Un­bri­dled against males in the $6 mil­lion Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic at Del Mar on Nov. 4.

“To be quite hon­est we’re go­ing to look at the Clas­sic, see who’s in it,” Fipke said. “We go where the money is. We will look at it. We’d be quite happy to win the Distaff, but we’ll look at every­thing, es­pe­cially if there’s good prize money to off­set the losses.”

Added trainer Dal­las Ste­wart, “It’s a mile and a quar­ter. She could love that.”

Mean­while, Song­bird will be eval­u­ated by Dr. Larry Bram­lage at the Rood and Rid­dle Equine Hospi­tal in Lex­ing­ton, Ky., on Mon­day, her owner, Rick Porter, said Sun­day.

“I just want him to go over her,” Porter said. “A num­ber of good horse­men told me they thought she was def­i­nitely off in the post pa­rade. It got bet­ter as she warmed up. Some­one sent me a video and it is clear. I don’t think she’s the same Song­bird.”

For­ever Un­bri­dled, who earned a 98 Beyer Fig­ure, ral­lied from last to run down a loose-on-the-lead Song­bird and win the Per­sonal En­sign by a neck for her sev­enth win from 16 ca­reer starts and her third in a Grade 1. It was her first start in 10 weeks, since win­ning the Grade 2 Fleur De Lis at Churchill Downs. It is 10 weeks to the Breed­ers’ Cup.

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the Per­sonal En­sign, Ste­wart men­tioned run­ning For­ever Un­bri­dled in the Bel­dame at Bel­mont Park on Sept. 30, a race she won last year before fin­ish­ing third be­hind Be­holder and Song­bird in the Breed­ers’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita.

“It doesn’t do her ca­reer any good to win the Bel­dame again,” Fipke said. “We want to con­cen­trate on the Breed­ers’ Cup.”

If the de­ci­sion is made to run For­ever Un­bri­dled in the Distaff, she could still face males in a race such as the Pe­ga­sus World Cup at Gulf­stream in late Jan­uary, Fipke said. The in­au­gu­ral run­ning of that race this year car­ried a $12 mil­lion purse. In 2018, the pro­posed purse for the race is $16 mil­lion.

Porter said that Song­bird was to fly Mon­day morn­ing from Al­bany, N.Y., to Ken­tucky to be ex­am­ined. If she is deemed sound, Song­bird would re­turn to Cal­i­for­nia and con­tinue to train un­der Jerry Hol­len­dor­fer to­ward a fall cam­paign that will likely in­clude the Breed­ers’ Cup Distaff.

“Jerry’s very up­set that I’m do­ing it,” Porter said of send­ing Song­bird to Rood and Rid­dle. “He said there’s def­i­nitely noth­ing wrong. I just want to make sure.”

Early Sun­day morn­ing, before he left to re­turn to Cal­i­for­nia, Hol­len­dor­fer said he felt Song­bird came out of the race fine and that jockey Mike Smith thought she ran a good race.

“I thought she ran well,” Hol­len­dor­fer said. “I have no ex­cuse for not win­ning. I thought I had my horse pre­pared. I thought she ran well. We were beaten by a very good horse. Mike said she ran very well. He thought she was very sound. The last thing he said to me before he walked into the [jock­eys’] room was, ‘Let’s keep go­ing.’ ”


For­ever Un­bri­dled (left) came from last to catch Song­bird in Satur­day’s Per­sonal En­sign.

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