Trainer Dallas Stewart said Forever d’ora is under consideration to run the June 11 $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) following his May 29 maiden win at Belmont Park.
The half brother of graded stakes winners Forever Unbridled and Unbridled Forever, the homebred Forever d’Oro was 0-2 in his first two starts, coming in fifth place in each of his two maiden special weight races.
“I’ve always liked the horse,” said Stewart. “He’s a horse that got started a little late, but I thought he ran pretty well the first time. He’s a beautifully bred horse. Then he ran (on the undercard) Derby Day and just got in a lot of traffic in the race. Even though the race was a mile and an eighth, he never really got a chance to run.”
Things changed on a dime for Forever d’Oro in his third race, when he threw his maiden status to the curb in winning the 1 1/16-mile contest at Belmont.
“He broke kind of sideways and he was way, way back,” said Stewart. “He is a horse that can lay up close. He’s got a little bit of speed. He just didn’t get off good, I think, because of the way he was standing in the gate. But he really finished great. He got out in the middle of the track and really ran well. I think if he would’ve broke with the rest of them, he would’ve been spectacular in that race.”
Speaking of Forever Unbridled, she will race for the first time in eight weeks at the June 11 Ogden Phipps (gr. I).