Talent is one thing, but it is the will to win at any cost that separates the great ones from so many a talented horse that will never become a champion. Chances are that the undefeated three-year-old Flashy Dresser will not become a champion, because so few do, but after watching his first six weeks on the racetrack, he appears to have a great deal of both talent and heart. To get things started, let’s take a look at his most recent performance, Saturday evening at Charles Town, below:
You would not normally think the bullring of Charles Town would be a natural fit for such a strapping and inexperienced colt, and when he got shut off on the turn, it would be hard to imagine that he could find his way to the winner’s circle of the $250,000 Robert Hilton Memorial, but as you just saw, he did. Undoubtedly the most talented horse in the race, Flashy Dresser showed more than just talent in winning the seven furlong stakes race under rider Julien Leparoux. I had the pleasure of seeing the flashy chestnut in person just three weeks earlier at Turfway Park and I was impressed. Here is what I wrote about him after the Rushaway Stakes win.
“In the Rushaway Stakes, it was Flashy Dresser who not only earned his first stakes victory by half a length, but also did it in just his second career start. An impressive winner of his six furlong debut in a March 4 maiden at Gulfstream Park, the chestnut son of Flashy Bull stretched things out yesterday to 1 1/16 miles against winners like a good horse should. While his result was the least impressive of the four stakes winners yesterday, the fact that he was able to make the jump in class and distance in his second start is a good sign. It should also be noted that the Fred Seitz runner also looked like a big gawky kid while getting the best of a prolonged duel with second choice Gung Ho. It likes there is plenty of room for improvement for Flashy Dresser.”
By the way, that’s the same Gung Ho that just came back to run a big performance while finishing 3rd to Dullahan and Hansen in Saturday’s Blue Grass Stakes. The Rushaway now looks even storngerer in retrospect. While the Robert Hilton field probably had no one in it as good as Gung Ho, the way Flashy Dresser was able to win has furthered my belief that this is a horse with a big future.
He’s fast enough to have romped in his six furlong career debut. He’s classy enough to outduel a very good horse three weeks later, in his second career start, first try at a distance, and first try on a synthetic surface. And finally, at 16.3 hands, he’s nimble enough (both physically and mentally) to overcome a bad trip on the tight turns of Charles Town. And, for what it’s worth, these three nice victories, in a span of six weeks, have come sans the benefit of Lasix. You don’t see that often too much anymore.
What’s next for Flashy Dresser? Too early to tell; owner/trainer Fred Seitz has said that a break is in order, but at the same time has the left the door the slightest crack open for a go at the Preakness on May 19. I wouldn’t expect him to see him there, but no matter where he ends up, you can bet that I’ll be watching.