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Bac In Front heads the list of La Primera finalists


March 15, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Bac In Front sets the fastest time—400 yards in :19.710—from three trials to the $205,200 La Primera Del Ano Derby
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Francisco Vega’s Bac In Front scored her third victory in a row while easily posting the fastest qualifying time to the $205,200 La Primera Del Ano Derby on March 14 at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Jaime Gomez, the filly by Foose posted a 1½-length victory while covering the 400 yards in a time of :19.710. Bac In Front leads a great cast of 10 sophomore fillies in the Grade 2 La Primera final to be held on Friday, April 3. Old Girl, last year's Kindergarten Futurity winner and a favorite to be among the La Primera qualifiers, was scratched.

Dutch Masters III campaigned Bac In Front during a solid 2-year-old campaign that included a win in her trial to the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and a runner-up effort in an allowance race in her final start as a freshman on December 19.

“I was already training (Last Shall Be Jazzy) for Francisco Vega when Dr. Streelman (of Dutch Masters III) told me that he was interested in selling Bac In Front,” said Gomez, who trained Bac In Front for Dutch Masters III. “I asked Francisco if he wanted to buy the filly and he liked the idea. She’s won all three of her starts for him this year. Francisco is new to California racing and I’m happy that he’s enjoying this filly.”

Bac In Front’s first start for her new owner was a hard fought allowance victory on January 19 followed by an easy 1¼-length allowance win on February 15.

“She likes to run. When she gets going, she doesn’t stop,” Gomez said. “Her mother’s name is Running Bac, who is a Grade 1 winner at Los Alamitos. Dutch Masters III had another daughter of Running Bac that I trained named Checknbac. Checknbac was all heart. She finished in a dead-heat for first with Tac It Like A Man in the (2006) Governor’s Cup Futurity and also ran in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and Governor’s Cup Derby. Bac In Front reminds me a lot of Checknbac.”

Gomez also noted that Bac In Front is eligible to four other derbies in addition to the La Primera.

“She’s also in the Governor’s Cup, Golden State, PCQHRA Breeders, and Southern Calfiornia derbies,” Gomez said.

Ed Allred’s Take A Look posted another hard-working effort on the way to outdueling the lightly raced, but highly-regarded Foo Who while posting the second fastest qualifying time to the La Primera. Trained by James Glenn, Jr., Take A Look improved her record to three wins in eight career starts and she’s hit the board in all nine of her career outings.

Take A Look was in the thick of the action right from the start, while battling Michael Zynda’s Foo Who and Abigail Kawananakoa’s A Goddess Thru Fire in the first trial of the night. In the end, Take A Look hit the wire a head in front of Foo Who with A Goddess Thru Fire another head back in third. With Huerta aboard, the Allred-bred filly by Separatist covered the distance in :19.922 to give her the fastest qualifying time of the night.

“(Take A Look) wanted to go as soon as we went in the gate,” Huerta said. “She was ready. The assistant starters did a great job with her. She broke nicely, but the other horses also left the gate well. When I went to the whip with my left hand, Foo Who got ahead of us. I switched to my right hand and when I did that she really responded. She took off from there. Take A Look always runs hard and gives you a good effort each time.”

Take A Look won the California Breeders Freshman Stakes for Fillies last year and also finished second in the Cash Rate Handicap. The trial win was her first since scoring in the aforementioned Freshman Stakes last July.

Ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer Cody Joiner, Foo Who was the co-third fastest qualifier with a time of :19.935 while continuing her streak of finishing in the money in all five of her career starts. The Foose filly was racing for the first time since a tremendous 2¼-length allowance win back on December 12.

“I’m looking forward to seeing her in the derby final,” Joiner said. “She got a little tired at the end, but she had not raced in three months.”

It was a good night for Foose, as the stallion sired three of the four fastest La Primera qualifiers. In addition to Bac In Front and Foo Who, Foose is also the sire of Nancy Scane’s Skinny Jeans, who ran second to top qualifier Bac In Front. Skinny Jeans, who ran third in the Garden Grove Handicap last year, tied Foo Who for the third fastest time with a time of :19.935. Pat Visscher trains Skinny Jeans.

The complete list of qualifiers is as follows: Bac In Front (:19.710), Take A Look (:19.922), Foo Who (:19.935), Skinny Jeans (:19.935), A Goddess Thru Fire (19.95), Lavish Ivory (:20.261), Run By You (20.318), Delightful Molly (20.333), AJS Annas Secret (:20.354), and Valiant Energy (:20.392).