Rafael Bejarano will be riding Show It N Moe It for the 17th time in her last 19 races Sunday in the $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes for fillies and mares, three and older, at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track, but sentimental familiarity will be absent in the person of Gary Sherlock, the five-year-old mare's veteran trainer who died at the age of 74 on Dec. 29.
Sherlock, occasionally given to subtle quips, was a fixture at a table in the “Gary Section” of Clockers' Corner, adjacent to a table where trainer Gary Stute holds court, smoke from his ever-present $12.99 Montecristo stogie wafting through the air.
Show It N Moe It runs for the first time in the Kalookan Queen under Sherlock's long-time assistant, 44-year-old Edwin Alvarez. Owned in part and bred by Terry Lovingier, the consistent Show It N Moe It has a 6-6-6 record from 27 starts with earnings of $511,541.
“He was a really good trainer, at the track early, very thorough and caring about his horses,” Bejarano said of Sherlock. “He always brought the horses up to a race well and we always tried hard.
“Gary had faith in me and I've won four races on her. She's a nice mare and I think she's going to run well tomorrow. We got a good draw so we should be OK.
“I'd love to win it for Gary.”
The Kalookan Queen, race eight of nine with a 12:30 p.m.; first post time: Exuberance, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; Flor de La Mar, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Show It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1 Mother Mother, Joel Rosario, 8-5; and Lady Ninja, Flavien Prat, 7-5.
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