Forget It Wins Southern California Derby

The 10th-fastest qualifier, the Foose gelding scores his third graded derby win of the season.

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Forget It earned his third graded stakes win of the season in Sunday's Southern California Derby at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Forget It, a sorrel son of Foose racing for Dutch Masters III and trainer Jaime Gomez, sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Sunday’s $134,150 Southern California Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio, Forget It went 400 yards in :19.924 while picking up his third graded derby win of the season. The 10th-fastest qualifier, he returned a $7.80 win mutuel as the 5-2 second choice in the full field of 10 3-year-olds.

Moonist, the runner-up in last week’s Champion of Champions, is the only horse with four derby wins in a single year at Los Alamitos. Forget It joins champions Separatist and Ah Sigh as the only other horses with wins in three of the nine derbies currently held at Los Alamitos.

Forget It was bred in California by Dr. Edward Allred. The gelding was coming off of a third-place finish in the October 31, 400-yard Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

“We supplemented him for $30,000 to the Super Derby and we needed to finish in the top five in order to get that money back,” said Dr. James Streelman of Dutch Masters III. “I thought he could have run second in the Super Derby final, but he ran a good third. In his two starts after the Super Derby, he just didn’t have that extra kick like he did tonight. If this derby would have been at 440 yards he would have probably won by two lengths.”

“He broke and he was gone,” Nicasio said. “We went to the track on Tuesday and I told Jaime that the horse felt ready. He was just moving so easy and felt great. I knew we had a good chance. This win is for my friend and fellow jockey Carlos Huerta.”

Nicasio picked up the mount in place of Huerta, who is recovering from a three broken vertebra suffered in a spill on December 11. Wearing a back brace during his recovery period, Huerta visited the jockey’s room earlier this week.
Streelman said that Forget It will take some time off and be pointed to the June 12 Vessels Maturity (G1) trials.

“We have people that are interested in purchasing him, and we’ll think about it,” he added. “We have a nice group of soon to be 2-year-olds that we are excited about so we things to look forward to in 2016. We’ll take it one horse at a time.”

All told, Forget It has won 10 of 16 starts, including seven of 10 this season, and the $56,343 winner’s share of the Southern California Derby purse increased his earnings to $525,124.

Sass Me Blue, the fastest qualifier and 19-10 favorite, finished second and was followed by Walk The Catwalk, Fiery Kimbo, The Perfect Love, Walk Around Blues, Weownthenite, Old Six Six, Jess Cuz, and Bac In Front.

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