FLASHY BULL RUNS THIRD IN OHIO DERBY (G2)
Flashy Bull had minor traffic troubles before finishing a game third beaten less than two-lengths in the $350,000 Ohio Derby (G2) on July15th at Thistledown. Flashy Bull was a little rank early as he was in pretty tight quarter as the speed tried to clear the field. Flashy Bull sat fifth but less than three-lengths back after a quarter-mile in 23 and change. The field remained tightly bunch as the pace slowed in the second quarter-mile. Flashy Bull was last of the six after a half in 47.3, but he was still just about three-lengths from the lead. Flashy Bull was able to save ground and launch a bid on the turn for home rallying up into third. Luis Gonzalez angled him out for running room and then angled him back inside in the stretch to try and make a rail skimming advance. High Cotton and Deputy Glitters did not really come out keeping Flashy Bull in tight quarters throughout the stretch, and Flashy Bull could not quite muster enough kick finishing third less than two-lengths behind Deputy Glitters.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
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Jockey Luis Gonzalez said, "I tried to save ground when the three horse came over early. My horse fought a little bit early, but then he settled nicely. He made a good run on the turn. I tried to find as much room as possible. He kept trying. He's a nice horse."
Flashy Bull was given a Beyer speed rating of 102 for the race. He earned $35,000 for his effort bringing his career total up to an impressive $199,250.