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UNBRIDLED SET TO RESUME WORK; MAY RETURN FOR AMERICAN DERBY

Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled is on the verge of resuming training, according to trainer Carl Nafzger.

"He's getting close," said Nafzger, who has the colt at Arlington International Racecourse, where his stable has its headquarters.

"He's eating good and bulking up. I wanted to let him grow a little bit. He should start galloping pretty quick, and then in three or four weeks he'll be ready for a full schedule of training."

After his victory in the Kentucky Derby, Unbridled ran second behind Summer Squall in the Preakness and finished fourth behind Irish invader Go And Go in the Belmont.

His performances in the three classics earned his owner, Frances Genter, a million-dollar Triple Crown bonus for accumulating the most points in the series.

Nafzger still doesn't know where or when Unbridled will return to the races. But Arlington's Grade II $300,000 American Derby on Aug. 4 at Arlington might be a great place to start.

In addition to Unbridled, Nafzger has two other talented 3-year-olds in his stable, Russell Reineman's Home At Last and Jim Tafel's Top Snob.

Top Snob, meanwhile, may make an appearance on the grass in Monday's $50,000-added Manila Stakes.

'Silver' is a pearl at Fort

FORT ERIE -- Silver Pearl came on strongly in the final yards of Fort Erie's ninth race Tuesday, winning her first start of the year by overcoming the favored One More Counsel.

Ridden by jockey Rick Adkins, Silver Pearl paid $9 to win and headed a $33 exactor with second-place One More Counsel.

Fort Erie will be closed until Saturday, when it begins operating five days a week, Saturday through Wednesday.

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