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Dutch Masters III’s Forget It gives Jaime Gomez back-to-back fastest Derby qualifiers

March 16, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Forget It sets the fastest time—400 yards in :19.649—from three trials to the $175,100 El Primero Del Ano Derby
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
One night after saddling Bac In Front to the top qualifying time to the Grade 2 La Primera Del Ano Derby, trainer Jaime Gomez was at it again, after sending the impressive Forget It to the fastest clocking in the trials to the Grade 2, $175,100 El Primero Del Ano Derby on March 15 at Los Alamitos.

Owned by Dutch Masters III, Forget It was the star of the night, as he scored a mighty 2¼-length victory while covering the 400 yards in :19.649. The next fastest qualifier was Nerio Ruiz’s Tango In Cash, who won the first trial by :19.946. The 3/10ths of a second difference in time between Forget It and Tango In Cash translates to about a two-length difference on the track, which clearly makes Forget It the horse to beat in the El Primero final to be held here on Saturday, April 4.

“I talked to Dr. (James) Streelman (of Dutch Masters III) after the race and he congratulated me for having the fastest qualifier to the El Primero and La Primera,” Gomez said.

“Doc sold Bac In Front, but I’m glad that we still have Forget It. I’m always happy when I can do something good for Dr. Streelman. He’s a great man and a great owner. He was talking about Bac In Front and I told him ‘forget about her’ because you got Forget It,” Gomez added with a smile.

Forget It’s trial effort was one to remember. Ridden by Carlos Huerta, Forget It flew from post six and already ahead by 1½ lengths after the first 100 yards. He extended his lead with each stride from there on the way to recording his fourth win in eight starts. A winner of $206,461 in his career, Forget It was third in the Ed Burke Million Futurity and qualified to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity last year. He was third in his trial to the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby in his last start.

“The last race when he didn’t qualify to the Winter Derby I was a little disappointed,” Gomez said. “He just never got a hold of the track last time, but Carlos held the reins (with more force) and that helped the horse’s balance tonight. Forget It is a quick horse and he’s got great pedigree. Foose had a good weekend too. This horse is by Foose and so is Bac In Front.”

Bred by Ed Allred, Forget It is out of the Hawkinson mare Forgive Him, who won the 2008 La Primera Del Ano Derby.