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US Gr1 Mares Retiring 5: Forever Together

Tuesday, 10th November 2009

Trainer Jonathan Sheppard confirmed George Strawbridge’s 5YO home-bred & last season’s Champion Turf Mare mare Forever Together (Belong to Me-Constant Companion, by Relaunch) “is 90% certain to be retired” following her 3rd-placing (behind Midday) in the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (10 furlongs) at Santa Anita. Forever Together (originally a US$30,000 weanling at the 2004 Keeneland November Sale, then a US$27,000 yearling at the 2005 Keeneland September Sale & finally a US$240,000 2YO at the 2006 Ocala Breeders March Sale) boasts 9 wins (including both 2009 & 2008’s Gr1 Diana Stakes over 9 furlongs at Saratoga, plus 2009’s Gr2 Jenny Wiley Stakes over 8.5 at Keeneland & 2008’s Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf over 10 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr1 First Lady Stakes over 8 furlongs at Keeneland & Listed Reluctant Guest Stakes over 8 furlongs at Arlington Park, as well as 2007's Gr2 Forward Gal Stakes over 7 furlongs at Gulfstream Park & Listed Ocala Breeders' Sales Filly Sprint Stakes over 6 furlongs) & 8 placings (including 2009’s Gr1 First Lady Stakes over 8 furlongs at Keeneland, Gr1 Just A Game Stakes over 8 furlongs at Belmont Park & Gr2 Canadian Stakes over 9 furlongs at Woodbine, plus 2008’s Gr1 Just A Game Handicap over 8 furlongs at Belmont & Gr2 Canadian Stakes over 9 furlongs at Woodbine, as well as 2007's Gr2 Beaumont Stakes over 7 furlongs at Keeneland) from 20 starts for US$2,802,639 earnings.

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