Hector Villalobos’ multiple stakes winner Forget It enjoyed his first victory of the year and it came in convincing fashion in the $16,000 Norwalk Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos.
With Cruz Mendez aboard for trainer Jose Moreno, Forget It took the lead shortly after the start and then cruised home from there to win the Norwalk by ¾ lengths. The Foose gelding out of the stakes winning mare Forgive Him covered the 350 yards in :17.678. Forget It was one of the most decorated horses in the nation in 2015. Bred by Ed Allred, Forget It won three derbies at Los Alamitos last year, the El Primero Del Ano Derby, Governor’s Cup Derby, and Southern California Derby. Villalobos purchased Forget It privately at the start of the year and saw the talented runner finished third in the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity and second in the Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap. Forget It finished out of the money in the Go Man Go Handicap after a bumped start, but he was back to his old self with a nice performance in the Norwalk.
“He is more relaxed now than he was at the start of the year,” Moreno said. “We’re hoping that his next start comes in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials (on November 13) and hopefully he can qualify to the Champion of Champions.”
At least two berths to the Champion of Champions, but maybe more, will be decided in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials. Forget It earned $8,250 for his Norwalk win to take his career earnings to $579,714. He’s won 11 of 21 career starts.
Michael Amburn’s Freakin Runaway, a winner of back-to-back allowance races at Ruidoso Downs coming into this race, finished second in the Norwalk. The Ocean Runaway gelding earned $3,375 for his effort with jockey Carlos Huerta up for trainer Mike Robbins.
EG High Desert Farms’ Dr Jess ran third and was followed across the wire by Walk Around Blues, Walk The Catwalk and Closing Time.