03/02/2009 12:00AM

Unbridled's Heart seeks to bounce back


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Unbridled's Heart looked to be worth every penny of his $1 million purchase price after he captured his career debut by 10 lengths and earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure last May at Belmont Park. But since then, Unbridled's Heart has certainly not looked like a million bucks, losing each of his next two starts as the odds-on favorite before going to the sidelines in late July for the remainder of his 3-year-old campaign.

Unbridled's Heart will try to prove himself all over again when he returns to action in Wednesday's $42,000 feature at Gulfstream, which will be decided at a mile under first-level allowance conditions.

Unbridled's Heart began his career with trainer Tom Albertrani but was transferred to Saeed bin Suroor's barn following his big maiden win. In his two starts for Suroor, Unbridled's Heart finished third after breaking slowly in an overnight stakes before missing by a neck to Acai under allowance conditions in his 3-year-old finale.

Unbridled's Heart rejoined Albertrani's stable at Palm Meadows in November and has been training forwardly for his return.

"His first race was very, very impressive, and he looked like a horse who was going on to bigger and better things, but it just didn't happen," Albertrani said. "He's been training well, and I think I've got him where he's ready to go. Hopefully, he'll put forth the same effort on Wednesday as he did in his first start and that he'll be able to improve even further off this race."

Unbridled's Heart is scheduled to be ridden by Javier Castellano. Castellano escaped serious injury after being involved in a spill in Saturday's first race. Castellano, who was accepting his first mount since returning from a similarly frightening spill a month earlier, took off his mounts Sunday but was expected to return for Wednesday's card.

Unbridled's Heart will face a full field of 11 rivals in his comeback. His opponents are led by Jedi Code and Stevil.

Jedi Code rallied from midpack following a slow start only to be outfinished by Discreet Treasure when second under similar conditions on Jan. 25. Jedi Code earned a career-best 91 Beyer Speed Figure for that effort.

Stevil continues to frustrate the chalk players, having been a beaten favorite in each of his last three starts. Stevil, fifth in the 2008 Preakness, finished second as the 4-5 choice going 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 11 and has now been second in three of his last four outings.