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Flashy Dresser is more than just flash

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.


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He's back at work as of 1/28
There's talk of a big offer for this colt being on the table ... maybe the Preakness is in play after all.
Wow, that was quite a move to split those horses in the stretch. Nice ride by Leparoux. Good way to get two turn experience while only going seven furlongs. You picked out another good one Brian.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. 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. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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