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Zipse At The Track

Flashback will not make the 2013 Kentucky Derby

And so it begins ... the yearly march of defections of top three-year-olds from the Kentucky Derby became all too real last night with some disappointing news from the West Coast. Gary and Mary West's Flashback exited his second place finish in Saturday's Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby to Goldencents with a knee chip. The news came in late last night via a tweet from trainer Bob Baffert.

 

"Sorry to say Flashback (is) off (the Kentucky) Derby trail. Removing (a) small knee chip this week. (He) should be back in training in 60 days," said @Midnightlute (Baffert's Twitter handle.)

 

Perhaps I should have said, and so it continues. The news comes less than a week after another top prospect from California, Hear the Ghost was declared from the Santa Anita Derby and taken off the Kentucky Derby trail due to injury. 

 

Flashback, a good looking gray son of Tapit, won the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis in only his second lifetime start, before second place finishes in the San Felipe and Santa Anita Derby. A full brother to multiple graded stakes winner, Zazu, Flashback has a record of 4-2-2-0, with three of his four starts coming in graded stakes.

 

He would have gone to Louisville as one of California's top contenders for the Run for the Roses, and at the time of this news, was my top rated Derby contender on the West Coast.

 

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First it's naysayers commenting on how Flashback was exposed by his respectable second place finish, now it's he was pushed too hard? Athletes get injured. It's just that simple, and if he ran his respectable second with the injury, I say shame on the naysayers.
I think people are going to be surprised with the new 1-2 on my Down & Derby Sweet 16 Kentucky Derby Rankings, coming out tomorrow!
*fact. Thanks for sharing.
Cool fat, cocoa.
Only recently found out why it took until 1750 for Horse Racing to be big. The wooded land was too thick for any mile ovals, so we did Quarter Racing. Only in places like Long Island, where it was very thinley wooded, were there any "thoroughbred" race, hence why Ameircan Eclipse and Sir Charles met there, on Long Island, in front of 60,000
When the jockey club was instituted in 1750, one had to be FIVE years old (mature) to race at most meetings.
My theory still stands on racing starting with 3 yr not 2 yr.
Zee Bros picks up where Paynter left off in the Haskell for Zayat.
he will find one for that race
Hmm, and I thought Flashback was Baffert's next Haskell winner.
This is the season where push push push knocks out many a baby not ready to step up NOW...If they kept them on the shelf, many of these could easily score stake after stake all summer but they HAVE to push them to that Derby. too bad

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
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