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FLASHY BULL RUNS FOURTH IN HOLY BULL(G3)

February 04, 2006 · By · Share

Flashy Bull ran fourth beaten less than four-lengths overall and a half-length for third in the Holy Bull Stakes(G3) on February 4th at a sloppy Gulfstream.

Flashy Bull was close to the pace all the way around the track despite getting hung wide.  He loomed large on the turn for home before weakening slightly in the last furlong to finish a respectable fourth.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "I thought he ran okay.  We were coming off a sixty day layoff, and we just wanted to get a good race into him.  We were aiming to win, but we just got beat today.  He'll certainly be tighter next time, and hopefully have to be so wide all the way around.  Give credit to the top two.  They ran great today, but we were in with a big shot at the head of the stretch.  He got a little tired late.  I'd rather be a little short today than be wound so tight that we can't come back and move forward.  If we're a half-length better we run third, and we're all talking about being on the board in both our graded stakes tries, and we're looking forward to how this sets him up.  I'm not going to let a half-length change things."

Jockey Cornelio Velasquez said, "I thought we were a winner at the quarter pole.  He felt great.  He handled the slop fine.  He was pushing off well, and he was going along comfortably.  When we got to the eighth pole, I could feel him getting tired.  I tried to keep him going, and he never really backed up.  He just got a little tired."

Flashy Bull showed us what we wanted to warrant moving forward.  We will point Flashy Bull for the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes(G2) on March 4th at Gulfstream.

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