toyed with a field of four runners in the Robert
B. Lewis Stakes
(G-2) at Santa Anita on February 2. Piloted by Julien
the gray colt bounced out of the starting gate and was never headed,
coasting under the finish line by 6 ¼ lengths, ahead of his
Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up, He's
had pressed Flashback early, but faltered to finish a distant third.
Trained by Bob
Flashback set moderate early fractions and traveled the 1 1/16 miles
is untested in two starts. He stalked the pace in his seven furlong
debut, then took over in the stretch to win easily by 3 ½ lengths.
The lightly raced colt is 2-2-0-0 ($147,000) and earned 10 points in
the Kentucky Derby points system.
and Mary West,
(Tapit - Rhumb Line, by Mr. Greeley) brought $260K at the 2010
Keeneland November sale as a weanling. He's by
the pretty gray stallion Tapit, who won the 1 1/8 mile Wood Memorial
impressively, but suffered a career-ending injury before the Kentucky
stud, Tapit has proven his versatility, getting winners over all
surfaces. The majority of his offspring are best up to 1 1/8 miles,
although he has sired three winners at 1 ¼ miles; Alabama Stakes
(G-1) heroine Careless Jewel, Hawthorne Gold Cup (G-2) victor
Headache, and Testa Matta, winner of the Japan Dirt Derby (Gr. 1).
February 2 was a productive day for offspring of the popular
stallion. Besides Flashback, Tapit was represented by Robert Lewis
Stakes third place finisher He's Had Enough (Tapit – Amila, by
Dixieland Band), Hutcheson Stakes (G-2) winner
Honorable Dillion (Tapit – Shy Greeting, by Shy Tom) and Tapicat
(Tapit – Zealous Cat, by Storm Cat) heroine of the Florida Oaks.
He is also the sire of 2011 Champion Juvenile, Hansen.
(Pulpit – Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled)Race
Record: 6-3-0-0 ($557,300)
– Wood Memorial (G-1)1st
– Laurel Futurity (G-3)
was an allowance class seven furlong sprint specialist. She reeled of
three straight wins to start her career, but finished sixth after
being pitted against Grade 1 competition at 1 1/8 miles. She hit the
board only one more time in her nine career starts. Overall, Rhumb Line's
compiled a 9-3-0-1 ($96,834) race record.
her average race record, Rhumb Line is on her way to becoming a very
classy broodmare. Out of five offspring to race, four own blacktype.
Her most accomplished foal is Flashback's full sister Zazu. The
talented gray filly earned Grade 1 wins in the Las Virgenes and Lady's
Secret Stakes and the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks. In three out of four
match-ups, Zazu beat Kentucky Oaks heroine Plum Pretty. The later got
her revenge when Zazu was third in the Oaks.
Flashback is also a half
brother to Corinthian's Jewel (by Corinthian), a turf listed stakes
winner at 1 1/8 miles. A half sister, art Princess, (by Officer)
placed in the Cherry Hinton Stakes (Eng. G-2). Rhumb Line has a
2011 unnamed Birdstone filly and a 2012 Tapit colt. She's in foal to
class in Flashback's distaff line evidently skipped a generation. His
second dam Rose Rhapsody (by Pleasant Colony) failed to win in 13
starts and none of her offspring managed more than three wins. None
earned blacktype. The third dam Rosy Spectre (by Nijinsky) won the
Regret Stakes and earned in excess of $90,000 in her 20 race career.
is descended from the 9-f Lowes Female Family. The 9-f distaff line
has produced one Kentucky Derby winner, Bold Forbes, in 1976. Bold
Forbes also won the Belmont. Other 9-f Classic winners include
Lookin' At Lucky and Nellie Morse (Preakness), Bet Twice, Crème
Fraiche and Coastal (Belmont).
strong sprinter/miler sire Mr. Greeley is Flashback's damsire.
Mr. Greeley won three Grade 3 sprints and was second in the 1995
Breeders' Cup Sprint and the Jerome Stakes (G-2) at a mile.
a stallion, Mr. Greeley has international appeal. He's sired 2006
European Champion Filly Finsceal Beo, Mother Goose heroine Nonsuch
Bay and the stallions El Corredor and Whywhywhy. Mr. Greeley has been
a fairly consistent broodmare sire, and has been in the top 50-60 on
the leading broodmare sire lists for the last five years. Besides
Zazu and Flashback, Mr. Greeley's daughters’ have bore 17 stakes
winners, including Kentucky Derby runner-up Closing Argument, Grade 2
winner Guy's Reward and Grade 3 winner Blueeyesintherain. None of the
progeny of Mr. Greeley's daughters have won at 1 ¼ miles, however,
the aforementioned Closing Argument and Guy's Reward have placed at
West - Long Legend, by Reviewer)
Record: 15-5-6-0 ($474,452)
- Spectacular Bid Stakes (G-3) 6F
- Swale Stakes (G-3) 7F
- Lafayette Stakes (G-3) 7F
- Breeders' Cup Sprint (G-1) 6F
- Jerome Handicap (G-2) 1 mile
- Hutcheson Stakes (G-2) 7F
second damsire Pleasant Colony (His Majesty - Sun Colony, by Sunrise
Flight) won the 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but was denied the
Triple Crown when placing third against Summing in the Belmont Stakes. Pleasant Colony
went on to place in the Travers and win the Woodward Stakes, earning
Championship Three Year Old honors. He was a competent stallion,
siring over 70 stakes winners and two Champions during his stud
career. Pleasant Colony was deemed an Intermediate Chef-de-race.
bloodline cross of Tapit/Mr. Greeley obviously works well, given the
exploits of Zazu and Flashback. They are two blacktype winners out
of eight starters and five winners. Surprisingly, Tapit's sire Pulpit
was never bred to a Mr. Greeley mare.
strongly resembles his sire, both in coloring and body type, which is
typical of many of Tapit's offspring. Flashback has a fluid stride,
average leg extension with slightly high knee action and no paddling
or excessive leg movement. During the race, he did drift slightly
from side to side in response to the whip.
swift victory in the Robert Lewis Stakes brings to mind the lightly
raced Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown. The brilliant colt outclassed
his competition and entered the Derby with only three starts under
his girth. His pedigree was, at best, borderline for Classic
distances, yet he was simply to fast for his competition. Flash
forward to Flashback. Like Big Brown, Flashback has had it all his
own way in his first two starts. As the controlling speed in a four
horse Robert Lewis Stakes, the others didn't stand a chance. His
four competitors in the RB Lewis owned four victories combined and
only Den's Legacy owned a stakes win. Flashback's pedigree, is
borderline to handle 1 ¼ miles, but before we start comparing him to
Big Brown, let's see Flashback in action in stronger company where he
isn't offered an easy lead. An easy win at 1 1/16 miles is a long way
from 1 ¼ miles against top company.