09/01/2006 11:00PM

Sprint queen Unbridled Sidney meets males


There is speed Monday in the $100,000 Total Rewards Breeders' Cup at five furlongs on turf at Louisiana Downs, and then there is Unbridled Sidney.

"Back in her 2-year-old year, it would have been good if she could have gotten into the All American Futurity," her trainer, Ronny Werner, said jokingly about Quarter Horse racing's richest race. "She'd about have given them a run for their money."

Unbridled Sidney showed the turn of foot Werner was alluding to in her last start, when she won the $250,000 Distaff Turf Champion-ship by 3 1/2 lengths at Calder Race Course on Aug. 5. She rocketed to the front through an opening quarter in 20.95 seconds, and proceeded to lead the field through a half-mile in 43.15 before completing the five furlongs in 55.36.

Unbridled Sidney earned a Beyer Figure of 101, the highest last-race number in the field of nine in the Total Rewards. She will meet male rivals for the first time in the race, among them War Bridle, a front-runner who has won his last three starts, and the quick Dixie Tree.

"It's always tough trying to beat the boys," said Werner. "I don't normally like to hook the boys, but this race is worth running in and giving her a shot."

Unbridled Sidney, 5, will start as the 123-pound co-highweight with War Bridle under the allowance conditions of the Total Rewards. She will be looking for her third turf sprint stakes win this year, with her other victory coming in the $113,000 Mamzelle at Churchill Downs in May.

"She won the Mamzelle coming from off of it just a little bit," said Werner. "Normally, she likes to go and blow, and we're not going to change anything about that."

Lonnie Meche has the mount on Unbridled Sidney. Werner said he hopes for firm turf Monday, and feels Unbridled Sidney will like the Louisiana Downs course. Last week, Werner shipped here and won a turf stakes with Rich Fantasy.

War Bridle has won an allowance and two stakes in his last three starts. In his final prep for the Total Rewards, he drilled five furlongs over a course rated good in 59.80 seconds on Aug. 20. He figures to be prominent under Jose Verenzuela.

"His best races are when he's close," said Sam David Jr., who trains War Bridle.