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Forever Unbridled Hopes To Make History In Dubai World Cup

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Woodbine Entertainment has announced its stakes schedule for the 2018 Thoroughbred racing season with 96 stakes highlighted by the 159th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate, the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.

No filly or mare has ever won the Group 1 US$10 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline, but trainer Dallas Stewart knows a few things about good fillies and mares capable of beating the best males at the top level. A former assistant to iconic American conditioner, ‘The Coach' D. Wayne Lukas, Stewart was integral to the development of 1987 Kentucky Derby (G1)-winning filly Winning Colors, whom he also galloped in the mornings, as well as Lady's Secret, who defeated males a year prior in Saratoga's Whitney Handicap (G1) en route to being crowned Horse of the Year.

As a head trainer, Stewart, 58, has trained his fair share of top fillies, including Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) winner Unbridled Elaine and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Lemons Forever, and it is with the latter's daughter, Forever Unbridled, that he holds a serious claim to victory in the Dubai World Cup this year. Like Unbridled Elaine and last year's Dubai World Cup victor Arrogate, Forever Unbridled is an offspring of Unbridled's Song. She is also a sister to G1 winner Unbridled Forever, so expectations have been as broad as the sizeable shoulders with which her sire often stamps his best babies.

“She's as good as any I've ever been around,” Stewart said. “I've been around some great ones like Winning Colors and Lady's Secret, too. I won't say that she's better because good is good. It's like (NFL players) Tom Brady or Drew Brees. They're both great quarterbacks who have done great things. She's definitely a quarterback.”

The three-time G1 winner has earned $3,186,880 in her career and is fresh off her biggest victory, the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) in early November. She is currently preparing for her invasion of Dubai at her winter headquarters of Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana.

At the turn of the year, worry began to swirl among fans regarding her Dubai World Cup prospects, as she had only one breeze (in mid-December) and did not compete in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), a race that was originally on the Charles Fipke homebred's radar. Much to her supporters' delight, she returned to the recorded work tab on February 3rd with an 800m drill in 49.40 seconds – a sharp time over a Fair Grounds surface known for its ability to get horses fit. She then shot back six days later with a 1000m breeze in 1:01 flat, which was nearly a bullet (the fastest of the morning at that distance) of 39 works. A week later, on February 16th, she whistled through a 1200m work in 1:12.40 at the same New Orleans oval that prepared Gun Runner for his game runner-up victory in the 2017 Dubai World Cup.

“She's never left training,” Stewart said. “She's right on schedule. She's been right here the whole time and hasn't missed a day of training, other than a couple days that the track froze and when there wasn't training on Christmas. Other than that, she's been out there every day.”

The 6-year-old star mare, who will likely ship in about 10 days out from the 2000m race, will be attempting said distance for the first time in her career. In fact, she has never raced beyond the 1800m of her previous six starts, but she has five victories from eight career tries at that trip.

“I think she'll love the extra distance,” Stewart said. “You never know until you race, of course, but she acts like it and she has plenty of stamina. You never know about the boys, but the best I've seen is Winning Colors and, like I said, she's as good as she was. She's looking great. Like an amazon.”

Forever Unbridled would be Stewart's first runner in Dubai, but jockey John Velazquez won the Dubai World Cup in 2005 with Roses in May at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Fipke has kept a few horses in Dubai over the last couple years with Doug Watson, including Bee Jersey, who was 15th in last year's UAE Derby (G2).

In 17 starts, Forever Unbridled has eight victories and has been in the top three 15 times. In 2017, she was crowned America's champion dirt mare after racing just thrice, but winning all three – the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) in June carrying top weight, Personal Ensign (G1) over dual champion Songbird in August and aforementioned Breeders' Cup, where she defeated six G1 winners and three champions.

While no filly or mare has won the Dubai World Cup, Japan's champion mare To the Victory did finish second in 2001 behind Captain Steve.

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US women win bronze to end speedskating medal drought

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Woodbine: $1 Million Queen’s Plate Headlines 2018 Stakes Schedule

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Woodbine Entertainment has announced its stakes schedule for the 2018 Thoroughbred racing season with 96 stakes highlighted by the 159th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate, the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.

In addition to the prestigious Queen's Plate on Saturday, June 30 and Breeders' Stakes, the third Triple Crown leg on Saturday, Aug. 18, the 2018 Thoroughbred meet will feature four Breeders' Cup ‘Win and You're In' stakes.

The $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1), a Breeders' Cup ‘Win and You're In' event won by Eclipse Award Champion Turf Male World Approval in 2017, is set for Saturday, Sept. 15. Contested over the world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course, the Ricoh Woodbine Mile will be part of an action-packed weekend of stakes racing that also includes two other Breeders' Cup Challenge Series races. The Sunday, Sept. 16 program will include the $250,000 Natalma Stakes and Summer Stakes, which has been upgraded this year and joins the Natalma as a Grade 1 event with a purse increase to $250,000.

Another one of Woodbine's signature races, the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International (Grade 1), won last year by Bullards Alley, will headline a spectacular stakes card set for Saturday, Oct. 13. The $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (Grade 1) along with the $250,000 Nearctic Stakes (Grade 2) and $125,000 Ontario Derby (Grade 3) will be featured on the undercard.

“We are looking forward to presenting another exciting season of Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine for our loyal fans and horsepeople,” said Jonathan Zammit, Vice President, Thoroughbred Racing Operations. “With 41 graded races as well as four Breeders' Cup ‘Win and You're In' stakes, Woodbine remains one of the premier tracks to compete at in North America.”

The 133-day race meet will offer a total of $67.6 million in purses, consistent with 2017 amounts, including $16.6 million allocated towards Woodbine's stakes program.

The Highlander Stakes, a Breeders' Cup ‘Win and You're In' turf sprint to be contested on the Queen's Plate program, has been upgraded to Grade 1 status with a purse of $250,000. The Royal North (Grade 2) and Trillium Stakes (Grade 3) have also been upgraded by The Jockey Club of Canada's Graded Stakes Committee with purses set at $175,000 and $125,000, respectively.

Purses for Ontario Sired Stakes have been adjusted from $125,000 to $100,000, with the Yearling Sales Stakes' Simcoe and Muskoka set at $175,000 for the 2018 season.

“We are committed to offering world-class horse racing at Woodbine with a strong stakes program, including numerous premier turf opportunities,” said Zammit. “With a reduction in funding from the Thoroughbred Improvement Program and after consultation with the HBPA, Woodbine has allocated financial resources to overnight purses to maintain bonus amounts at 2017 levels and provide for a slight increase to overnight purses through new investment and utilization of unused 2017 purse funds to help offset the shortfall.”

“Given the reduction in TIP, we are pleased with the Thoroughbred program Woodbine Entertainment is offering in 2018 and are appreciative of the co-operation between Woodbine and HBPA as we sought solutions to minimize the effect on owners and trainers,” said Sue Leslie, President of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA).

Woodbine Entertainment and the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have spearheaded a new Health and Welfare Committee in cooperation with Fort Erie Racetrack for the 2018 season. The committee has implemented a new policy that will require all horses shipping into both Woodbine and Fort Erie to have current vaccinations for Flu and Rhino in addition to the mandatory Coggins.

“This policy is meant to protect the health and welfare of the horses,” said Leslie.

To view a detailed stakes schedule for Woodbine's 2018 season, which runs from April 21 to December 16, visit WoodbineRacetrack.com.

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