Forrest Fire to Make 50th Start
Veteran campaigner to run in Barbra B Handicap.
January 9, 2015
It’ll be a special moment for owner and breeder Martha Wells when her longtime favorite horse, Forrest Fire, steps on the track to make his 50th career start in Sunday’s $20,000 Barbra B Handicap at Los Alamitos Race Course.
The son of Walk Thru Fire will be appearing in a stakes races for a remarkable 24th time in his career. With this race being at 550 yards, it marks the 22nd time that Forrest Fire will race at a distance that’s 400 yards or longer. This, however, will be his first time at 550 yards. In addition to his aforementioned 23 previous stakes appearances, Forrest Fire has seen action in 11 stakes trials. He’s a winner of nine races in his life with three of those races being stakes victories.
Forrest Fire was a stakes winner last year when he took prevailed by a nose in the California Breeders Sprint Stakes. His two other stakes wins came in 2012 when he won the Whosleavingwho Handicap and Katella Handicap.
Forrest Fire debuted in a maiden race on May 8, 2009, and since then he’s gone on to compete in six Grade 1 races, including the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, the 2010 Los Alamitos Super Derby, and last year’s Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship. He has also appeared in each of the last four runnings of the Bank of America California Championship Challenge.
“I know I shouldn’t have a favorite, but Forrest Fire really is my favorite,” Wells said. “I keep Chicks First Policy (the AQHA champion 3-year-old gelding in 2000) in my backyard and that’s where Forrest Fire will go after he’s done racing.
“Forrest Fire went two years without winning so when he won a claiming race for trainer Paul Jones (on March 29, 2014) I was so excited that you would have thought that he had just won the Los Alamitos Two Million,” Wells added. “Every time this horse wins it’s exciting for me. Forrest Fire’s mother gave birth to a colt last year and I named him Forrest On Fire. I would love for that baby to follow on the footsteps of his older brother. I told Paul to never run him in another claiming race. He’ll retire with me when he’s done. He’s just a sweetheart. He’s a gentle giant. He means the world to me. It’s hard not to fall in love with every single horse that you come across, but this one is special. I know I’ll keep him forever.”
The field to the Barbra B will also features Jess Bring It, the runner-up in the Paul Ford Handicap at 550 yards, and China Wall, the third place finisher in the California Breeders 550-Yard Sophomore Stakes.
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