Unlike recent renewals, the 2018 Dubai World Cup is going to be wide open. Gun Runner retired following his Pegasus victory, and Arrogate preceded him after the world championships last November. However, there is one notable champion who is tossing their hat in to the mix in hopes of making some intriguing history.
Forever Unbridled is hoping to ride her recent winning streak overseas at Meydan Racecourse and become the first ever champion of the illustrious and prestigious event. No filly or mare has ever won the Dubai World Cup. Even more challenging is the fact that the now six-year-old mare has never challenged her male counterparts.
“She’s never left training,” quipped trainer Dallas Stewart. “She’s right on schedule. She’s been right here the whole time and hasn’t missed a day of training, other than a of 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 2018 Dubai World Cup may not have a jewel in the field, but it will still be very tight with big names like Hoppertunity, West Coast and War Story also potentially making the journey. It’s also a harrowing contest given the gruelling 1 1/4 mile distance it covers.
“I think she’ll love the extra distance,” Stewart continued. “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.”
There’s no doubt that Forever Unbridled is the queen of Thoroughbred racing in the United States, and perhaps the world. She is 8-3-4 in 17 starts with $3,186,880 in career earnings. Her five-year-old season was highlighted by wins in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and 2017 Personal Ensign.
A win in the 2018 Dubai World Cup for Forever Unbridled would be historic for two reasons. Not only would she become the first mare to champion the event, she would also skyrocket to the top of the earnings list for fillies and mares while eclipsing Beholder who has just over $6.4 million in the bank.
It’s an uphill battle for the champion mare, but it’s certainly doable. The 20178 Dubai World Cup runs March 31st.