Unraced as a 2-year-old, Ed Allred’s Sweet TR has made up for lost time during her sophomore campaign. The TR Dasher filly scored her fifth win of the year and first stakes victory of her career on Friday night after beating six rivals in the $20,000 Paul Ford Memorial Handicap at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Scott Willoughby, Sweet TR covered the 550 yards in :27.10. She had previously won twice at 300 yards, twice at 330 yards and once at 350 yards.
“This is a super filly,” Willoughby said. “She missed her entire freshman campaign because she got hurt, but we’ve always liked her a lot. Dr. Allred bought her at the 2012 Los Alamitos Equine Sale because he had bred this filly’s mother, Fervent. At the time Fervent had had a runner that was doing well (the multiple winner Emblaze) so that also attracted Dr. Allred to buy Sweet TR.”
Bred by CM Quarter Horses LLC, Sweet TR broke her maiden in her third attempt on March 23. The victory was the start of a three-race win streak that saw her post a pair of allowance wins. After running sixth in the California Breeders Debutante Stakes, Sweet TR enjoyed another allowance win on November 2 before facing an outstanding group of older mares in the Las Damas Handicap. Sweet TR was fourth in the field of 10 that included multiple graded stakes winner Significant Heart, Governor’s Cup Futurity winner Secretly Hot, recent Hawkish Handicap winner The Streakin Clean and 2013 champion aged mare Check N Fetch.
Primed and ready for the Paul Ford, Sweet TR had no trouble in this race while posting a 1 ¼ length victory even though she broke through the gate prior to the start.
“She was ready to go,” Willoughby said. “A horse started acting up and when she heard the noise she went. She’s a well balanced filly. She’s well put together and reminds me a lot physically of Look Her Over.”
Look Her Over is the mother of three-time stakes winner Once Over and 2014 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity finalist He Looks Hot. Look Her Over is also a half-sister to champions Hawkish and Hawkinson.
Willoughby also praised jockey Carlos Huerta for a job well done.
“Carlos is on fire right now,” said Willoughby of the meet’s third leading Quarter Horse rider. “He works his butt off and he’s riding great right now.”
Sweet TR earned $11,000 for the win to take her career earnings to $38,380.
Double Bar S Ranch’s Jess Bring It earned $4,500 for running in second place. Chris O’Dell saddled the gelding by Feature Mr Jess. Phone Tag, Front And Center, Inpursuit, Saide Sis, and Flash 76 completed the field. Eddies Jazzin was a late scratch.