Getit Together Scores in Las Damas
Good fortune continues for owner Mimi Wells at Los Alamitos.
November 19, 2012
Owner Mimi Wells’ productive 2012 season continued in the $35,000 Las Damas Handicap (G3) after the 4-year-old mare Getit Together posted a half-length victory over Touch Of Paso on Sunday at Los Alamitos.
Wells and trainer Dan Francisco have now teamed up to win five stakes with three different runners this season. Getit Together’s Las Damas victory was the mare’s first stakes win of the year. She previously finished second in the Charger Bar Handicap (G2) in January and last year she won the AQHA Members Plus Stakes. Getit Together earned $19,250 for the win while covering the 400 yards in :19.867. Getit Together improved to six wins in 22 career starts. Ridden by Oscar Peinado, the Separatist mare ran a beautifully clean race, a big change from her previous four starts when she had difficulties in the gate.
“We’ve been blessed this year,” Wells said. “I am so excited with the way she ran because she got away cleanly out of the gate. We are looking to run her in the Charger Bar Handicap (in January). She was second in the Charger Bar last year. Dan has done a good job working with her and Oscar Peinado fits her perfectly. He knows her so well that he was able to finesse her out of the gate. That was our main goal – to see her leave the gate nicely. All I can say is that we’ve been very fortunate with our horses this year.”
Wells has enjoyed stakes wins with the 3-year-old New Look in the El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) and Town Policy Handicap. Forrest Fire, who is one of Wells’ favorite horses of all-time, scored his first career stakes win in the Katella Handicap and Whosleavingwho Handicap. Her barn’s fine campaign, which has featured 18 Quarter Horse wins from 93 starters, has also included Willie Dasher’s third-place finish in the El Primero, Getit Together’s second in the Ivan Ashment Handicap and third in the California Breeders’ Matron Stakes (RG3) and New Look’s appearances in the Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) and Golden State Derby (G1).
Trained by Charles Treece for owner Larry Konecne, Touch Of Paso has finished second in three stakes races this year. The Jumpn mare also ran second to Significant Cartel in the Cypress Handicap and to Reina Del Fuego in the Denim N Diamonds Handicap. Ridden by Osvaldo Macias, Touch Of Paso earned $7,875 for her second-place finish. Separate Thoughts, Onemoreglassofwine, Queens R Blue, Feature Jessie Gail, Enjoy The Walk, Royally Sandra, Tac Out and Check N Fetch completed the field.
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