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July 16, 2006 · By · Share

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" />


Assistant trainer Neal McLaughlin who was with Flashy Bull in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Ohio said, "I thought he ran hard.  It was a really hot day, and he sometimes doesn't take that too well.  We got caught in a bit of a scrum early when the Ohio horse went to make the lead and High Cotton came over to stalk.  We got caught down inside, and Flashy Bull was fighting a little bit early.  The kid did a good job getting him to settle, and they really didn't go fast that second quarter.  The field really bunched up, and we were in there behind horses.  We had to wait a little bit, but then we got an opening.  He made a nice little run on the turn.  We might have been able to try and follow Deputy Glitters, but the kid opted to go down inside.  We were in a little tight until about the eighth pole, but we never got stopped.  We just couldn't quite match strides with the winner.  Flashy Bull never stopped trying though, and he finished up okay.  They weren't really sprinting away from us.  We never really got into that one comfortable rhythm, and that's when this colt runs his best.  I thought he ran well considering."


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.

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