Flashy Bull retired due to injury
Flashy Bull, our Grade 1 winner, has been retired from racing due to a crack in his sesamoid. The injury was discovered after Flashy Bull ran seventh in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. Prior to the Whitney, Flashy Bull won four consecutive races capped by the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. The win streak also included the Grade 3 William Donald Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "Flashy Bull was a little off when we took him back to the track after the Whitney. We did some tests, and it looks like he injured himself in the race. It is quite a disappointment because we were just starting to see how good Flashy Bull could be. He was one of the soundest horses I have trained, and he ran against the best of his peers at age two, three, and four. His precociousness was evidenced by his runner-up finish to Bluegrass Cat in the Grade 2 Remsen as a juvenile, and he continued to show how talented he was as a three-year-old by qualifying for the Kentucky Derby. He was the model of consistency, and near brilliant as a four-year-old. The explosiveness he showed in the Foster and the determination he exhibited in the Schaeffer are two traits that all top class runners have, and he had an abundance of both. It's a big loss for the barn."
West Point Thoroughbreds founder and President Terry Finley said, "Horses like this don't come along too often. He was the stable's first Grade 1 winner. We wish that his racing career could continue, but we've gotten a tremendous amount of interest in him as a stallion. We are weighing all our options and make a decision on his stallion plans at a later date."
Finley continued, "I have to thank all the partners for their support and enthusiasm during Flashy Bull's career. It was such a joy sharing the Kentucky Derby with you, and these memories will last a lifetime."
A four-year-old son of Holy Bull out of the Mt. Livermore mare Iridescence, Flashy Bull scored five wins, three seconds, and three thirds from nineteen career starts. He earned $844.313. In addition to his wins in the Stephen Foster and Schaefer, Flashy Bull finished second in the Grade 2 Remsen and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes as well as third in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby.