Apprentice jockey Wilnell Mercado got his first winner aboard his first career mount when guiding Times Are Tough to a neck victory in the fifth race at Calder Casino & Race Course March 22.
Forever Together, voted the 2008 champion turf female after winning the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for owner George Strawbridge Jr.
Forever Together became the fifth horse to win the prestigious Diana Stakes (gr. IT) in back-to-back seasons when she burst past her rivals on the outside in the stretch and nipped Carribean Sunset by a head Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
Champion turf runner Forever Together started her 5-year-old campaign with a stylish late-running win in the $200,000 Jenny Wiley Stake (gr. IIT) on the Keeneland turf course April 11.
Sometimes a change of scenery and a stiff drink are all a girl needs. That was at least partially the case for Forever Together, who was named 2008 champion turf mare.
George Strawbridge Jr.'s Forever Together came with a furious rally in the center of the course and got up in the final strides to take the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) by three-quarters of a length Oct. 24 at Santa Anita Park.
Making only the third turf start of her career, Forever Together rallied from last, angled out in the stretch under Julien Leparoux and flew past Dynaforce inside the sixteenth-pole to take the $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT) July 26 at Saratoga.
Augustin Stable's Forever Together kept her perfect record intact Saturday at Gulfstream Park, drawing clear to a two-length victory over Elk Manor Farm's favored Silver Knockers in the $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.
Chris's Thunder closed though the stretch to win the $60,000 Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Handicap in a blanket finish Saturday at Fair Grounds. Hallowed Dreams, who won her first 16 career races before suffering her first loss this summer, was scratched.
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