FLASHY BULL SHIPS TO KENTUCKY / Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Flashy Bull, West Point Thoroughbreds three year old colt by Holly Bull shipped to Kentucky on April 4th to resume training for the Kentucky Derby.

Flashy Bull ran a disappointing race in the $1,000,000 Florida Derby on April 1st, but it looks like there was a legitimate physical excuse for the poor performance.  Upon dismounting, Rafael Bejarano said that Flashy Bull had “the thumps”.  It was visibly apparent on the track after the race.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he could see immediately after the race that Flashy Bull had a case of the thumps, an electrolyte imbalance that he described as “putting a horse out of rhythm” and which causes a horse’s whole body to vibrate.

“We’ve never had a horse run any good who came out of a race with the thumps, so we did have an excuse,” said McLaughlin. “We’ll just see how he goes over the next few weeks, but right now we’re pointing for the Derby. Last year Closing Argument finished third, beaten 10 lengths in the Blue Grass, and finished second in the Derby. Flashy Bull was also beaten 10 lengths while finishing seventh in the Florida Derby.”

Flashy Bull left Gulfstream Park on April 4th and shipped to Keeneland. We’ll get him to the cooler weather and let him get back into training.  He’ll be able to train over the polytrack there, a regimen Kiaran used with Closing Argument last year.


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