Ex-Rider Charles Forrest Saddles First Winner

Initial victory for 46-year-old trainer comes in maiden claiming race at Laurel Park.

Former jockey Charles Forrest saddled his first winner as a trainer when first-time starter Burning Vow rallied to win the fourth race at Laurel Park Sept. 14.

Seven 2-year-old fillies went to post in the 5-1/2 furlong test for $10,000 claiming maidens. Abel Castellano was aboard the winning chestnut daughter of Burning Roma, who charged down the lane to pass Pink Beauty for a 1 1/2-length victory.

Forrest had to wait out a claim of interference against his filly for lugging in under right-handed urging in the stretch. The objection came form the owner of third-place finisher Punch Like A Girl, but was not allowed by stewards.

"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. Burning Vow completed the distance in 1:08.80 on a fast track 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."