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Forever Together Wins US Gr1 Breeders' Cup F&M Turf
Former Widden Stud shuttler Belong To Me (Danzig-Belonging, by Exclusive Native) added a US Gr1 triumph when George Strawbridge's 4YO mare Forever Together (Belong To Me-Constant Companion, by Relaunch) notched her 3rd Gr1 victory of the year by finishing powerfully from 8th at the top of the straight to win by 0.75-length in the US$2 million Gr1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (10 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Santa Anita. Kentucky-bred Forever Together (ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Jonathan Sheppard) defeated Canadian-bred fellow 4YO mare & 2007's Canadian Horse-Of-The-Year Sealy Hill (Point Given-Boston Twist, by Boston Harbor) & former 2006 champion 3YO filly & now multiple Gr1-winning 5YO mare Wait A While (Maria's Mon-Flirtatious, by A.P.Indy). At her previous start 3 weeks ago, Forever Together won the Gr1 First Lady Stakes (8 furlongs on turf) at Keeneland; & previously this season she won May's Listed Reluctant Guest Stakes (8 furlongs on turf) at Arlington Park in Chicago, finished 3rd in June's Gr1 Just A Game Handicap (8 furlongs on turf) at Belmont Park, won July's Gr1 Diana Handicap (9 furlongs on turf) at Saratoga & finished 3rd in September's Gr2 Canadian Stakes (9 furlongs on turf) at Woodbine. Last season Forever Together won both the US Gr2 Forward Gal Stakes (7 furlongs) at Gulfstream Park & Listed Ocala Breeders' Sales Filly Sprint Stakes (6 furlongs), as well as finishing runner-up in the Gr2 Beaumont Stakes (7 furlongs on all-weather) at Keeneland. Overall Forever Together now has 7 wins & 4 placings from 14 starts for US$2,004,533 earnings. Meanwhile Victorian breeder & Moonee Valley Racing Cub chairman Bob Scarborough's French-bred 5YO mare Mauralakana (Muhtathir-Jimkana, by Double Bed) finished 6th in the 10-horse field.