Dutch Masters III’s She Forgives won the final stakes race of the year at Los Alamitos following a terrific wire to wire victory in the $20,000 Holiday Handicap for 2-year-olds on Sunday night.
The Holiday capped a solid freshman season from She Forgives, as the filly by talented freshman stallion Foose and out of the multiple stakes winner Forgive Him, finishes the year with four wins from nine starts and a slew of stakes appearances. Bred by Ed Allred, She Forgives ran second in the $311,000 Kindergarten Futurity and qualified to the $1,111,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity. She also ran sixth in the $435,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and she’ll complete the year with $120,697. She Forgives earned $11,000 for winning the Holiday Handicap by a half-length over Markel Stakes winner Another Storm. Ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer Jaime Gomez, She Forgives covered the 350 yards in :17.487.
“She broke like a rocket,” De Alba said. “It was over right there are the start. She was perfect tonight. I did everything that Jaime told me to do and it worked out. Jaime gave me instructions when we schooled her the other morning and she was very relaxed tonight.”
Ed Burke Million runner-up Unchangeable acted up slightly in the gate prior to the start, but that did not bother She Forgives one bit.
“She stood there perfectly,” De Alba said.
De Alba enjoyed a fine first week of the new season. From seven starts, he piloted a weekend’ best three winners while also piloting a pair of runner-up finishers. His seven mounts combined to earned over $22,000 to help rank De Alba as the week’s leading money winner. He is now hoping to build on his fine start to the season.
“I’m out here every single morning working hard,” De Alba said. “I had a good year in 2013 and I’m hoping that 2014 will be another good season.”
Gomez also enjoyed a good opening weekend. His barn sent four horses to the track and two of them returned as winners while the other two produced a second and a third place finish.
Owned by Paul Jones and Manuel Guerrero, Another Storm had his three-race win-streak snapped in the Holiday Handicap. The Foose gelding out of 1995 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity winner Mega Storm earned $4,500 for running second. He finished in the money in each of his eight starts of 2013. Raul Valenzuela piloted the Allred- bred runner. Tom Bradbury and Vaughn Cook’s Beaus Wagon ran third while Unchangeable finished fourth. China Wall, Secret Lips, Sadie Sis and Make A Wish For Me completed the field.