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March 04, 2006 · By · Share

Flashy Bull virtually punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby(G1) this afternoon overcoming an extremely tough post position to be placed second in the final order of finish in the Fountain of Youth(G2).  Jockey Rafael Bejarano had to use Flashy Bull a little bit early to save track position in the paceless race.  He managed to duck in heading to the first turn only being forced three to four paths wide into the turn.  Flashy Bull did clear the other stalkers exiting the turn to settle in second and pressing a very moderate pace down the backstretch.  Flashy Bull launched a sustained bid from about the three-eighths pole turning up the heat on First Samurai who was placed first.  Flashy Bull was joined from the outside on the turn by Corinthian who crossed the finish line first and was disqualified.  Flashy Bull was between horses heading into the stretch as Corinthian kicked on.  Flashy Bull kicked back in once he got into the clear and showed a lot of heart.  It looked like he could be beaten at the top of the stretch, but he found a little extra after he switched leads.  Corinthian cut off First Samurai forcing First Samurai to come out.  Then, Corinthian came out on First Samurai pinballing First Samurai into Flashy Bull.  Flashy Bull got back on stride quickly and battled tooth and nail with First Samurai to the wire finishing a neck behind First Samurai and just over a length shy of Corinthian who was disqualified and placed third for his actions.  Flashy Bull was moved up to second.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "After today, our next two races will be the Florida Derby(G1) on April 1st and the Kentucky Derby(G1).  We win the race today if we don't have the ten hole.  The pace wasn't too fast, but we had to work harder than anyone to get position.  We broke sharply, but we had to go pretty hard not to get hung out.  We lost a couple lengths to First Samurai on that turn, and when you look at the final margin that would have been enough."

McLaughlin went on to say, "Rafael (Bejarano) rode a great race.  He's already told me he wants to ride this colt back, so we'll make sure that happens.  We haven't had any of the breaks in our three stakes races.  We've been in the eight hole or out in the Remsen, Holy Bull, and today.  He's shown up in each race, and I love the way he continues to just get better.  I am just tickled with today's race.  We've now put ourselves into position to be running on the first Saturday in May."

Rafael Bejarano said, "This is a very nice colt.  He did whatever I asked him to.  We had a rough trip in the stretch, but he didn't quit.  He kept giving me more, and he ran hard.  He ran a really good race."

With today's earnings, Flashy Bull now has $109,000 in graded stakes earnings and $159,650 in earnings overall from eight career starts.

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