REMEMBER HER IS A STAKES WINNER AFTER THE DASHING FOLLY
Facing mares in only her third start of her sophomore campaign, Ed Allred’s Remember Her won the $30,000 Dashing Folly Handicap while defeating a field that included defending winner Gotta Corona Jess on Saturday at Los Alamitos.
With jockey Jonathan Roman aboard for trainer Scott Willoughby, Remember Her broke sharply from post eight and controlled the 350-yard dash for fillies and mares from there, crossing the wire a half-length ahead of Manuel Alvarez’s Gotta Corona Jess. In the process, Remember Her picked up her first stakes victory while improving her record to five wins from 10 starts. The Kiddy Up filly has now finished third or better in nine of her starts with her string of top efforts including a second-place finish in the Queen For Cash Handicap on March 11 and a third place in the Holiday Handicap on December 31.
“She’s a very solid filly,” Willoughby said. “She gives you a big race every time she walks in there. She tries hard. She got in a little today, but she broke really fast and got away from them. Luckily, she didn’t bother anybody across the racetrack. She’s just getting every time. I’m really proud of her.”
Named after the 1996 AQHA World Champion, the Dashing Folly is for fillies and mares who have not won a race in 2023. Remember Her entered having finished second in both of her starts this season, her previous win coming in her juvenile campaign when facing males in an allowance race on December 10.
“We jumped her up against older mares tonight to see if she could do it,” Willoughby added. “We got lucky in that there were a lot of 3-year-olds in this race. It worked out well.”
Willoughby is hopeful that Remember Her will continue her rise to the top echelon of the distaff division at Los Alamitos. If all goes well, she could find herself facing the best of the best in races like the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap in mid-September.
“We’ll just see how the big mares come back from the breeding shed if she can compete with them,” the trainer added. “Her next trip will probably be in July on California Breeders Champions Weekend.”
Remember Her covered the distance in :17.753 and earned $16,500. Her career bankroll has now reached $50,082. Trained by Adan Farias, the 5-year-old mare Gotta Corona Jess earned $6,750 for her second-place finish. This was her first start since winning the Dashing Folly last year. Blaine Bateman’s Suite Caroline, the Wild West Futurity winner last year finished third. One Sweet Duck, Fearless Fortitude, Temple Court, Crystal Prize, and Letty Cartel completed the field.
NO RACING AT LOS ALAMITOS ON EASTER SUNDAY
There will be no live racing at Los Alamitos on Sunday night in observance of Easter Sunday. Live racing will return on Saturday night, April 15. Los Alamitos will be open for nighttime simulcasting of harness racing from Cal Expo and Thoroughbreds from Australia and more.