Southern California Derby Trials Draw 23 Sophomores

Forget It, Bac In Front head Sunday's 400-yard trials at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

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Two-time graded derby winner Bac In Front is one of 23 3-year-olds entered in Sunday's Southern California Derby trials at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

A total of 23 3-year-olds, including Forget It and Bac In Front, has been entered in Sunday’s Southern California Derby (G2) trials at Los Alamitos.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the three 400-yard heats will meet in the December 20 Southern California Derby final.

Forget It is a sorrel son of champion Foose racing for Dutch Masters III and trainer Jaime Gomez. The gelding has earned $265,470 from eight starts this season, and his six wins include the April 4 El Primero del Ano Derby (G3) and July 25 Governor’s Cup Derby (RG3).

Forget It drew post 3 and will be ridden by Carlos Huerta in the first heat.

A bay daughter of Foose trained by Gomez for owner Francisco Vega, Bac In Front will be ridden by Huerta from post 5 in the second trial. The filly is coming off of a head victory as the odds-on favorite in the 400-yard, $122,500 PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby (G3) on October 2.

Other prominent sophomores entered in the Southern California Derby trials include Lucky Seven Ranch’s Sass Me Blue, a Valiant Hero filly trained by Mike Casselman. Sass Me Blue is coming off of a second-place finish, one length behind winner Heza Dasha Fire, in the October 31, $882,466 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

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