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|Apr 6 2013||Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park||I||1 1/8 M||2||REPLAY|
|Mar 9 2013||San Felipe Santa Anita Park||II||1 1/16 M||2||REPLAY|
|Feb 2 2013||Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park||II||1 1/16 M||1||REPLAY|
Hall of Famer Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby back-to-back in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet and again in 2002 with War Emblem. He has saddled 19 horses in the Run for the Roses. He has won the Preakness stakes a record tying five times and has won the Eclipse Award for top trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty.
Gary & Mary West
Gary and Mary West purchased their first horses in 1980 and have seen their stable expand to a current number of over 54 in training and more than 18 mares at Dell Ridge Farm in Kentucky. In 1993 their Rockumondo upset the Arkansas Derby at huge odds. Eventual millionaire Dollar Bill competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown in 2012 with his best finish a 4th place effort in the Preakness. In 2002 Buddha won the G-1 Wood Memorial and was the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby before an injury sent him to retirement prior to race day.
Flashback's speed is grafted onto a stout female line, in a combination that helps his chances at 1 1/4 miles.
He is a full brother to the top-class filly Zazu, who captured the Lady's Secret, Las Virgenes and Hollywood Oaks. Although Zazu hasn't had the opportunity to run the classic distance, she was a boldly-closing third from far off the pace in the 2011 Kentucky Oaks, her only try at 1 1/8 miles.
Flashback and Zazu are by the hot stallion Tapit, who covered Horse of the Year Zenyatta in 2012 and Horse of the Year Havre de Grace in 2013. Tapit won the 2004 running of the Wood Memorial in his fourth career start before finishing ninth in the Kentucky Derby on a sloppy track, but he made only one more start before heading to stud. By recently deceased prominent sire Pulpit, Tapit is out of a mare by 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Unbridled.
Tapit is responsible for three champions and numerous Grade 1 winners. His top offspring include 2011 champion two-year-old colt Hansen; 2008 champion two-year-old filly Stardom Bound; and Grade 1 winner Careless Jewel, who captured the 2009 Alabama at 1 1/4 miles. The fast-rising gray stallion is proving to be an outstanding source of both speed and stamina. He has several other current Derby hopefuls, including Normandy Invasion, He's Had Enough and Tesseron.
Flashback and Zazu are out of Rhumb Line, a three-time winner from seven furlongs up to a mile. The mare is off to a terrific start as a producer, with four stakes performers from five foals to race. Her first, Art Princess, competed in England as a juvenile, where she placed in the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket. After Zazu came along, Rhumb Line's next foal was Corinthian's Jewel, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Restoration on Monmouth's turf.
Rhumb Line is by the successful international sire Mr. Greeley. A fine speedster who missed by a neck in the 1995 Breeders' Cup Sprint, the Gone West stallion went on to sire European champion Finsceal Beo, the winner of two classics at a mile; Spinster heroine Aruna, who stayed as far as 1 3/8 miles; and Cigar Mile hero El Corredor, among others. Mr. Greeley also appears as the broodmare sire of Closing Argument, the close runner-up in the 2005 Kentucky Derby.
If Mr. Greeley is a factor for speed, the other sires in Rhumb Line's immediate pedigree are stamina-laden. Her own dam, Rose Rhapsody, is a daughter of 1981 Derby and Preakness-winning champion Pleasant Colony. Rose Rhapsody was in turn produced by Rosy Spectre, a stakes-winning daughter of 1970 English Triple Crown legend Nijinsky II.
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