Forever Unbridled ready to move forward in G3 Comely

December 10, 2019

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Set to make her fifth consecutive graded stakes start and first in New York, Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled will face nine challengers in the Grade 3, $300,000 Comely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-old fillies, one of four stakes headlined by the Grade 1 500,000 Cigar Mile on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Dallas Stewart, the daughter of Unbridled's Song has just one win from seven starts but boasts a number of respectable finishes against graded stakes winners, including I'm a Chatterbox, to whom she placed third in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra at the Fair Grounds on February 21 and the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks on March 28.

In her last, in the Grade 2 Raven Run on October 17 at Keenland, racing for the first time since a subpar 11th-place finish in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, Forever Unbridled who was six-side most of the way and closed fast to finish a respectable fifth to multiple graded stakes winner Sarah Sis.

"I thought she ran really well in her last start coming off a layoff," said Stewart. "She was flying at the end and coming into the Comely she's been training really well. She's a nice filly, so regardless of how it plays out she can race from either midpack or from the back. We're excited."

At 4-1 on the morning-line, Forever Unbridled will depart from post 9 with Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez aboard.

Coming off an impressive 2 ½-length victory in the Empire Distaff, trainer Leah Gyarmati will saddle Wonder Gal for Treadway Racing Stable. A daughter of Tiz Wonderful, she has encountered a multitude of difficult trips this year including a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Mother Goose on June 27 at Belmont Park, and a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Acorn on June 6.

Drawing post 3 and 7-2 on the morning-line, Wonder Gal will depart with Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons.

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGuaghey will enter a pair of talented runners in Carrumba for Phipps Stable and Fast Retailing for owners Andrew Rosen and Edward Easton. A daughter of Bernardini, Carrumba enters the Comely having won three consecutive races since breaking her maiden this summer on August 21 at Saratoga Race Course. Most recently on October 12, she won an optional-claiming allowance race at Belmont after being bumped at the start. The 3-1 morning-line favorite, Carrumba will leave from post 7 with Jose Ortiz aboard.

Fast Retailing, a daughter of Malibu Moon, enters the Comely after finishing third in an allowance race at Belmont on October 7 while picking up and 82 Beyer Speed Figure.

Rounding out the field are Temper Mint Patty for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole; Curlish Figure, entering off an optional-claiming win at Laurel Park on October 30, for trainer Thomas Proctor; and Pangburn for trainer Anthony Dutrow.

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