Flashy Gray Flashy in Victory
Flashy Gray became racing’s newest “TDN Rising Star” after a dominating performance on February 10 at Gulfstream Park. Purchased at the Keeneland November Sale by West Point Thoroughbreds and Tom Keithley after her maiden win at Churchill Downs, Flashy Gray was making her first start for trainer Bill Mott.
Sent off as the heavy favorite under Joel Rosario, Flashy Gray broke well and rated just off the frontrunner down the backside. With a half mile to run, she stuck her nose in front and widened the margin down the lane, crossing the wire nearly five lengths ahead of her nearest rival. The final time for the seven panels was a snappy 1:22.64 and she earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure.
"She looked like from her previous form she had some natural speed, which she did," Mott said. “What I was most pleased about was when Joel took her back off the lead horse, she rated very kindly, wasn't rank, and was in a nice rhythm. The way the end of the race looked it seemed like she should go on.”
"She had such a nice, easy comfortable stride going on the backside," the Hall of Fame trainer added. "She was a little itchy around the gate and wasn't running off. Joel had to ask her a little, but every time he did, she gave more and finished when he asked her."
Flashy Gray was originally campaigned by Dolphus Morrison and trainer Lon Wiggins, best known as the original connections of Rachel Alexandra. Her flashy maiden win and pedigree caught Terry Finley’s eye in November.
“This filly’s sire, Flashy Bull, was our first grade one winner, so naturally we follow his runners closely,” said WPT president Terry Finley. “After she won at Churchill we went to see her at Keeneland and loved her. She’s not the tallest horse in the world, but is incredibly balanced and a very fluid mover. Bill (Mott) took his time with her after the sale and she’s really blossomed the past few weeks. As for her next start, there are a couple options including the Gulfstream Oaks and Fair Grounds Oaks. The first Friday in May is certainly the goal with this filly.”