Bac In Front Wins PCQHRA Breeders' Derby

The filly scored her third stakes victory this season.

Q-Racing Journal

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Bac In Front gets up to win PCQHRA Breeders' Derby. PHOTO: Scott Martinez.

Bac In Front, a California-bred daughter of champion Foose racing for Francisco Vega, scored her third career stakes win in Friday’s PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Prepped by Jaime Gomez, who gave a leg up to jockey Carlos Huerta, Bac In Front defeated Vivid by a head while covering her 400-yard trip in :20,011. The filly was the 1-2 favorite in the field of nine sophomores, after Gomez decided to scratch fastest qualifier Forget It, a son of Foose who he trains and owns in partnership with Dutch Masters III.

Gomez said that Forget It will be pointed to the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) trials on October 11.

“I had trainers thanking me and thanking me, and at first I didn’t know what they were talking about,” Gomez said. “Then one of them told me, ‘Thank you for scratching Forget It out of this derby.’

“Forget It is doing so good right now,” he added.

As for Bac In Front, the filly was coming off of a second-place finish to Walk The Catwalk in her Breeders’ Derby trial on September 12. The filly was bred by Dr. Steve D. Burns, and her sire, the 9-year-old Stel Corona stallion Foose, was the AQHA champion 2-year-old colt in ’08.

Bac In Front has won seven of 14 starts, including six of nine this season. Her earnings total $209,923, of which $201,734 has been banked this year. The filly’s three stakes victories this season include the La Primera del Ano Derby on April 3.”She’s been steady all year,” said Vega, who purchased Bac In Front privately after her 2-year-old season. “We think she can still improve a little more. I was a little nervous going into this race, but I felt she had a good chance.

“We saw her coming on strong, but it was a tight race,” he added. “She’s going into the Southern California Derby trials next. After that, we would like to take some embryos out of her. Walk Thru Fire might be one of the stallions we breed her to next year. It would be a good cross.”

Walk The Catwalk finished third, a neck behind the winner. Old Six Six, Flying Foose, Hot Shot, Personal High, Old Girl, and Off Beat completed the official order of finish.

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