Jaime Gomez knew that Forget It had his work caught out in the trials to the Governor’s Cup Derby back on July 12.
“I knew that he would be a little short in the trials,” Gomez said. “I didn’t think it, I knew it. He still won the trial and when he did that I knew that he was going to run big in the final. We had a lot of horse left after the trials. He was coming into this race in great form.”
Forget It did not disappoint owners Dutch Masters III and Gomez, as the Foose gelding posted his fourth win in a row with a sparkling half-length victory in the $195,000 race. Forget It is a double derby winner in 2015 having previously won the Grade 3 $175,000 El Primero Del Ano Derby in April. The combination of a razor sharp Forget It and the outside post number 10 in the Governor’s Cup Derby provided his camp confidence heading into the derby against the likes of La Primera Del Ano Derby winner Bac In Front and stakes winner and fastest qualifier Take A Look.
“I thought being on the outside would be perfect for this horse,” Gomez added. “He doesn’t like traffic , he likes running by himself. I got a little confident for the derby trials and just ran him off of a workout. But I didn’t want to give him a start before the trials, run him in the trials, and then run him two weeks later in the final. We just paid the late fee ($30,000) to make him eligible to run in the Los Alamitos Super Derby so we have to plan for that race now. I think we made a good decision getting in the Super Derby, but now we’ll give him time off. It’s two weeks before the Golden State Derby trials and that’s too close. We’ll skip that one and just wait.”
Dr. James Streelman of Dutch Masters III was not at the track to receive the derby trophy, but the longtime owner and breeder was glued to his TV in New Mexico watching his gelding run.
“R.D. Hubbard has an annual golf event and even though I wanted to be at both places I just couldn’t do it,” said Streelman over the phone. “I’ve been watching whole night and it’s been a nice show. It looks like we have a pretty nice (gelding).”
“He’s sound and he’s healthy,” Gomez added. “That’s the key.”
Gomez also saddled second place finisher Bac In Front for owner Francisco Vega. A winner of five in a row to start the year, Bac In Front was second by a neck in the Governor’s Cup Derby trials and gutsy in the final as she led during the early part of the race.
“She’s always dangerous,” said Gomez. “She’s in a couple of other derbies this year.”
Robert Parra’s Kickin Your Can was third while fastest qualifier ran fourth. Off Beat, Fiery Kimbo, Old Six Six, Daze Go By, Old Girl, and Chicanery completed the field.