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Forever Together Takes Reluctant Guest Stakes

Churchill Downs Communications | 05/18/2008 #
  • Forever Together, with Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires in the irons, wins the Reluctant Guest Stakes on May 17, 2008.

Jockey Earlie Fires, at age 61 likely in the final season of a brilliant career, is riding like a man half his age and showed again why he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame when he added to his all-time Arlington win total with a 1 1/4-length score aboard Augustin Stable's Forever Together in the $53,600 Reluctant Guest Stakes at Arlington Park on Preakness Day, Saturday, May 17.

The 4-year-old grey/roan filly, trained by Jonathan Sheppard, covered the mile over "yielding" turf in 1:39.05 and paid $18.20, $8.20 and $6.

The Reluctant Guest was the third stakes victory for the daughter of Belong to Me, who previously captured the Grade II Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Saturday's tally was her fourth in nine starts overall and the $32,160 winner's share boosted her earnings to $235,300.

Lemonlime, under Eddie Razo, set the pace in race through leisurely fractions of 25.56 seconds, 50.06 seconds, 1:14.64 and 1:26.80, before weakening in the stretch. The runner-up paid $8.40 and $7.

It was a nose back to the fast-closing Lady Lionel, the longest shot on the board at 37-1, who returned $12.40 to show.

Demisemiquaver, Ciao, You Dancing Devil, Royal Leah, Ballado's Thunder and Mama I'm Home completed the order of finish.