INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 17, 2010)—Back with her own age group, Go Forth North rallied strongly in the final eighth of a mile to collar pacesetter All Due Respect and win the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Handicap by a nose Sunday at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.
Eighth of nine in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes, a Grade I, on Oct. 2 against older opponents, the 3-year-old North Light filly out of the Holy Bull mare Witch Tradition earned her third victory in 11 starts in the Grade III Ramser.
All of the wins have come since she joined the barn of trainer A C Avila during the summer. Her previous two scores had come at Del Mar.
Ridden by David Flores, Go Forth North, who is owned by L-Bo Racing, Monte Pyle and Summer of Fun Racing, covered the mile on turf in 1:34.48.
Increasing her earnings to $171,164, Go Forth North, who was bred in Kentucky by Michael Schmeling and Andy Stronach, returned $18.20 $8.80 and $4.60. The win price was the largest in the Ramser since High Margin paid $22 when she won in 2000.
“Beautiful!,’’ exclaimed Flores, who was riding Go Forth North for the first time Sunday. “She sure knew where the target was and accelerated right after (All Due Respect) at the top of the stretch. I thought I could get there because I could feel the other horse coming back and I was making a good run.
“That’s a good combination. Her momentum right at the end was enough to get up. I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to ride a horse like this.’’
Making her first start since she was third in the Iowa Oaks on June 26 at Prairie Meadows, All Due Respect set 23.25, 46.89, 1:10.25 and 1:22.05 fractions in her grass debut before losing a heartbreaker under jockey Joe Talamo.
It was the second tough loss in a graded stakes in as many days for Talamo. He was aboard Blue Panis, who lost by a head, to Fantastic Pick after showing the way in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby Saturday.
Like the winner, All Due Respect was 8-1. She paid $11.20 and $5.80. The show price on Antares World, the 2-1 favorite who finished 2 ¾ lengths behind the runner-up, was $3.20.
Malibu Pier, It Tiz, Berg Bahn, Timezone, Conniption, Warren’s Jitterbug, Crisis of Spirit and Pincelada completed the order of finish. Westwood Pride was scratched Sunday morning,
There were five perfect tickets in the Pick Six. Each was worth $91,364. An additional $648,967 was wagered into the Pick Six Sunday in pursuit of a carryover of $96,568 from Saturday.
Racing resumes Thursday. Post time is 7:05 p.m.
A concert featuring the Aerosmith tribute band Aeromyth will follow the races – approximately 10:30 p.m. – in the Ascot Terrace.
Hollywood Park will be open for simulcast wagering Wednesday in both the Players Club and Casino.
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