Gone and Forgotten dominates Jack Betta Be Rite

Monday, August 15th, 2022

Barry Schwartz’s homebred Bustin Stones filly Gone and Forgotten rolls to victory in Monday’s Jack Betta Be Rite at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

Gone and Forgotten stayed out of trouble early, jockey Luis Perez wasn’t tempted into a middle move and Barry Schwartz’s second-generation homebred filly rolled to victory in Monday’s $50,000 Jack Betta Be Rite Stakes at Finger Lakes.

The 4-year-old daughter of Bustin Stones made her stakes debut in the 1 1/16-mile Jack Betta Be Rite and improved to 8-for-11 at Finger Lakes and for her career with a 5 1/2-length victory. Coming off a second in an open-company allowance two weeks ago at Finger Lakes – a loss that ended a five-race win streak going back to last October – Gone and Forgotten went to the post the 5-2 second choice in the field of eight New York-bred fillies and mares.

Perez allowed Gone and Forgotten to settle behind an early pace battle between Toolcat, Kateri Empire, Love and Love and Tax Me Naught into the first turn. Love and Love, the 9-5 favorite shipping in from Belmont Park for trainer Mike Miceli, led through the opening quarter-mile in :24.02.

The battle for the lead continued up the backstretch with four mares across the track, with Toolcat taking a slim lead over Love and Love before Tax Me Naught made a three-wide run to the front under Nazario Alvarado. Tax Me Naught opened up after a half in :48.42 and 6 furlongs in 1:14.09 just as Gone and Forgotten started her run.

Tax Me Naught continued to lead into the stretch but Gone and Forgotten built up too much momentum and ran past her at the eighth pole. Perez stayed busy on Gone and Forgotten in deep stretch and they drew off to an easy win for trainer Michael Ferraro. Gone and Forgotten earned $30,000 for the victory to boost her bankroll to $150,705.

Foaled at Schwartz’s Stonewall Farm in Granite Springs, Gone and Forgotten is the third foal and first winner out of the stakes-winning Yes It’s True mare Little Rocket.

Little Rocket won five of 19 starts for Schwartz from 2012 to 2014. She won the 2014 Susan B. Anthony Stakes and finished third in that year’s edition of the Jack Betta Be Rite, both at Finger Lakes. She’s out of the Pentelicus mare How About Now, winner of the Grade 2 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga in 1996 for Schwartz and trainer Mike Hushion.

Little Rocket was sold in foal to Tamarkuz for $19,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. She produced a filly by that sire in Turkey this April

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