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Forget It is one to beat in El Primero Del Ano Derby on Saturday


April 3, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Jaime Gomez has enjoyed many big victories from post number three over the years at Los Alamitos. The trainer saddled Higher Fire to major victories in the 2005 Ed Burke Million Futurity and Golden State Million Futurity from post number three. His trainee, Gold Nugget Rd, won that year’s Kindergarten from the third post and his Checknbac also scored in the 2006 Governor’s Cup Futurity from that spot.

“I like post number three a lot,” Gomez said. “It’s been a good spot for me over the years.”

Gomez will aim for another winner from post three on Saturday night when he saddles 4-5 favorite Forget It in the Grade 3, $175,100 El Primero Del Ano Derby on Saturday, April 4, at Los Alamitos. To be ridden by Carlos Huerta and owned by Dutch Masters III, Forget It was spectacular on the night of the 400-yard trials back on March 14. The Foose gelding won by 2¼ lengths and his qualifying time of :19.64 was 3/10ths of a second faster than the next fastest qualifier, Nerio Ruiz’s Tango In Cash.

“Forget It has been doing great leading up to this race,” Gomez said. “He’s a quick horse and he’s got great pedigree.”

Forget It’s mother is Forgive Him, who won the La Primera Del Ano Derby in 2008. His half-sister, She Forgets, won the Holiday Handicap and was a winner of five races and over $135,000 for Dutch Masters III. “I’m happy for Dr. James Streelman (of Dutch Masters III),” Gomez said. “He has a good horse in Forget It.”

Gomez is looking for his third victory in the El Primero after winning with PK Fire in 2011 and Not A Full Moon in 2008. Bred by Ed Allred, Forget It will be going after his fifth win in nine starts.

Trainer Paul Jones, meanwhile, will look for his stakes record tying sixth victory when he saddles four sophomores in this event. Jones trains Abigail Kawananakoa’s HRH Walkonfire and On A Corner, Wayne Shizuru’s Famous Bank, and Martha Wells’ Koolist. The champion trainer previously won four consecutive runnings of the El Primero starting in 2003 and also won in 2009. The late Blane Schvaneveldt holds the stakes record with six wins.

Trained by Guillermo Morales, Tango In Cash could be the x-factor in this race. The FDD Dynasty colt was an impressive daylight winner in the trials at 15-to-1 odds and has posted some of his best races recently. Kawananakoa’s Attempttocatchme, Rosalinda Gonzalez’s Cold Cartel, Parsons Family Limited Partnership’s Energy Cartel and Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Hot Shot will complete the field. Energy Cartel won the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes earlier this campaign.


(Note: see the full report from the El Primero Del Ano Derby trials at http://www.theracingjournal.com/news/news-2209.html.)