By J.J. Hysell
Unbridled Forever, the sharp Silverbulletday Stakes winner who is the daughter of Kentucky Oaks champ Lemons Forever, was considered the queen of the Fair Grounds-based 3-year-old fillies – until Saturday.
Untapable offered up a challenge with her dominating romp in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes for trainer Steve Asmussen and owner Winchell Thoroughbreds.
This sets the scene for an unforgettable Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks on March 29, as both fillies are listed as likely for the race.
“Yes, I would think we’ll be pointing her to the Fair Grounds Oaks, assuming everything continues to go right with her between now and then.” said Winchell Thoroughbreds’ farm manager David Fiske in the Fair Grounds press notes. “In fact, the Fair Grounds Oaks is on March 29, and that’s Ron Winchell’s birthday.”
As far as Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia, who was fourth in the Rachel Alexandra in her first start since that race, plans remain undecided on whether it will be the Fair Grounds Oaks or the Risen Star.
“I think they will be making a decision in a couple of days about that,” said Elizabeth Dobles, assistant to trainer Jeremiah Englehart.