LARC NEWS Posted: 5/16/2015 11:47:23 PM


      Francisco Vega’s Bac In Front improved her record to five wins from five starts in 2015 following a powerful 1 ¼ length victory against colts and geldings in the $25,000 Dillingham Handicap for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Jaime Gomez, Bac In Front broke a step behind two-time stakes winner Amber Bock, but the two were even 100 yards into the race. Bac In Front drew away from her foe from there, as she opened up a 1 /2 length lead with 110 yards to go and then a clear 1 ¼ length advantage by the time she hit the wire. Abigail Kawananakoa’s HRH Walkonfire also finished powerfully, as he moved up from sixth place to finish second ahead of Amber Boc.

A filly by Walk Thru Fire, Bac In Front has won three races this year by a margin of 1 ¼ lengths. Her first win by that margin came against allowance foes on February 15 and then she scored by that same dominant margin when posting the fastest qualifying time to the La Primera Del Ano Derby on April 3. She won the La Primera final by a neck and her first win of the year was a neck decision in an allowance race on January 9.

“She’s so quick and doing so well right now,” Gomez said. “There was some concern coming into this race because she was facing the boys, but I thought that she had a good chance to win because this race was 400 yards. She is a great finisher.”

Bac In Front proved her trainer right, as she pulled away from Separatist Handicap and Santa Ana Handicap winner Amber Bock in the second half of the race.

“She was acting nervous, but she’s a nervous filly,” Gomez said. “That’s just how she is and when she is nervous she usually runs a big race. When she’s sitting back in the gate that’s when I know she’s ready to fire. She came into this race fresh because she had not raced since the La Primera in April. We’ll now start getting her ready for the derbies. She’ll be taking on the big boys then. She’ll eventually have to face tough males like (El Primero Del Ano Derby winner) Forget It. I think she can handle, but this was a good race to prepare her for those derbies.”

Now a winner of six of 10 career starts, Bac In Front covered the Dillingham distance in :19.90 from post number two. The Steve Burns-bred filly earned $13,750 for the win to take her career earnings to $122,423. She’s eligible to run in the trials to the Governor’s Cup Derby on Sunday, July 13. She’s also eligible to run in the trials to the Golden State Derby, PCQHRA Breeders Derby, and Southern California Derby.  Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, HRH Walkonfire earned $5,625 for running second. Juan Humberto Moya’s Amber Bock earned $3,125 for finishing third. Hot Shot, Closing Time, On A Corner, and Famous Bank completed the field.


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