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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Flashpoint Dazzles

Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 69

When a horse wins a graded stakes race by more than seven lengths in only his second lifetime start, you tend to take notice, and it was hard to miss the grey lightning bolt that scorched the Gulfstream earth yesterday. The colt in question is named Flashpoint, and he looked like a big threat from the beginning before easily cruising by 3-5 favorite Travelin Man and rolling to an emphatic 7 ¼ length victory in the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes.

Yesterday’s win followed an easy debut victory last month in an Aqueduct maiden. While the maiden win was strong, Flashpoint took things to a whole new level in the Hutcheson. Ridden by Cornelio Velazquez, the Richard Dutrow trainee finished the seven furlongs in 1:22 on a track that was playing slower than it had most of the meet. Sent off as the near 7-1 third choice, Flashpoint stalked the favorite early in fractions of :22 and :44 2/5, before dispatching his foe coming out of the turn. From there he continued to pour it on all the way to the wire, leaving a promising field of sophomore colts in his rearview mirror.

A Beyer comparison between the two graded stakes yesterday at Gulfstream helps illustrate just how well Flashpoint ran yesterday. Soldat, in his relatively easy win in the Fountain of Youth, earned a 96 while Flashpoint received a 102 in the Hutcheson.
 
 


Bred in Florida, Flashpoint is by first crop sire and excellent sprinter Pomeroy and is out the Two Punch mare Two Punch Lil, herself a multiple stakes winner. What does the future hold for this flashy grey son of Pomeroy?

The way he won his first two starts certainly will generate deserved excitement. He gives every indication of a grade one type horse, but with his heavy sprint breeding it will be interesting to see if his connections contract Kentucky Derby fever. After the race, Dutrow, a lightning rod for controversy, mentioned that the nine furlong and million dollar Florida Derby is likely to be his next start. While it might be a good race to test Flashpoint around two-turns, I genuinely hope that it does not lead to a Kentucky Derby run. This horse is bred to excel in shorter races. If they want to point for something big, how about taking on older horses in the Met Mile? His chances would be much better than at 1 ¼ miles at Churchill Downs.

[Where does Flashpoint deserve to rank on the HRN Community 2011 Kentucky Derby Contenders?]
 

 

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Older Comments about Flashpoint Dazzles...

We may find out in the Florida Derby.
I loved Flashpoint's win, so effortless. It would have been interesting to see what he did in the Fountain of Youth.
That was the best race I have seen any three-year-old run this year. I can't wait to see what he does next!
Sure was a beautiful run though. Guess next step is to stretch him out a little farther. That last quarter mile at at Churchill is a KILLER!
I agree for the most part, but 9f at Gulfstream can keep sprinters in the game, not at Churchill.
well once they realize that in the florida derby im sure they wont send him to churchill

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Meet Brian Zipse 

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, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. 

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. 
  
As Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also consults for Derby Wars, is on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.  

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