Saturday, September 15, 2012


LAUREL, MD. 09-14-12---Rider turned trainer Charles Forrest saddled his first winner when first-time-starter Burning Vow rallied to win this afternoon’s fourth race at Laurel Park.

Seven two-year-old fillies went to post in the 5-1/2 furlong test for $10,000 claiming maidens. Abel Castellano was aboard the chestnut daughter of Burning Roma, who charged down the lane to catch Pink Beauty just before the finish line and win by 1-1/2 lengths.

Forrest had to wait out a claim of interference against his filly made by third place finisher Punch Like A Girl’s owner Chip Reed before the stewards could find no fault and declared the finish as is.

“Very exciting,” said an emotional Forrest. “It is hard to compare the feeling because it has been so long since I won my first race as a rider but as you get older, you appreciate things more.”

The 46-year-old won 686 races as a jockey, according to Equibase, in a career that spanned from 1988-2010.

Forrest took out his trainer license in 2011 and currently trains six horses at Laurel Park. Burning Vow was his 15th starter. The daughter of Burning Roma completed the distance in 1:08.80 and paid $20.80.

“She is a pretty smart horse,” added Forrest. “I thought I spotted her in the correct spot. I was looking for her to run well. It is even better that she won.”

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