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Mar 30 2013 Fair Grounds Oaks Fair Grounds II 1 1/16 M 2 REPLAY
Mar 9 2013 Honeybee Oaklawn Park III 1 1/16 M 2 REPLAY


Bill Mott


Bill Mott has had seven starters in the Kentucky Derby with his best finish coming in 2009 with Hold Me Back. He won his first Triple Crown race with Drosselmeyer in the 2010 Belmont Stakes. Bill owned and trained his first horse named My Assets at the age of 15. He won his first race with this mare who he purchased for $320. Before he graduated high school, he had won the South Dakota Futurity with Kosmic Tour. He worked for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg for three years and gained valuable knowledge about running his own training operation, opening his own racing stable in 1978. Mott trained Cigar who was the highest money earner of all time until 2008 and tied the record for 16 straight wins during the1995 and 1996 racing seasons. He won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1995 and 1996 and was honored with the Turf Publicists of America Big Sport of Turfdom Award in 1996. In 1998, Bill was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame and reached the milestone of 4,000 career wins in 2010. In November 2010, he trained Unrivaled Belle to a Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic victory at Churchill Downs. He has won nine training titles at Saratoga, ten titles at Belmont Park, nine at Gulfstream Park, five titles at Keeneland and is the most victorious trainer of all time at Churchill Downs. Bill currently has a 100 horse stable that is based in New York and Kentucky. Bill Mott was born on July 29, 1953 and resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Junior Alvarado


A native of Venezuela, Alvarado became a jockey because his dad was a jockey and he wanted to be a just like him. He won the 2009 riding title at Arlington Park and won the 2010 Grade I Beverly D Stakes on Eclair de Lune.

West Point Thoroughbreds


WestPoint Thoroughbreds is a racing syndicate named by founder Terry Finley as a tribute to his alma mater, West Point.  Finley earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has a GPA that he jokes we "closer to the bottom than the top."  Finley served 8 years as an artillery officers in the Army attaining the rank of Captain before his honorable discharge in 1994.  West Point has campaigned Grade 1 winners such as Awesome Gem, Dream Rush, Flashy Bull, Irish Smoke, Lear's Princess, and Macho Again. 


Flashy Bull--Pleasure Cat, by Cat's Career

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Flashy Gray was tabbed as a Kentucky Oaks prospect following a 10 1/4-length romp at Churchill Downs last November in just her second start. The gray miss is by Flashy Bull, who tried the Kentucky Derby in 2006 after placing in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and running fourth in the Grade 3 Holy Bull.

Flashy Bull actually was never able to win during his sophomore season, but did follow his subpar 14th-place Derby run with a third in an allowance and the Grade 2 Ohio Derby.

As a four-year-old, the gray horse got back on the winning track to take four straight races, including the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap under the Twin Spires and the Grade 3 William Donald Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico.

Flashy Gray, who is among her sire’s top offspring from two crops to race thus far, is out of the unraced Cat’s Career mare Pleasure Cat.

Pleasure Cat never competed but is a half-sister to a pair of stakes-placed runners as well as the dam of Grade 2 hero Silver Wizard and Grade 3 victress Ammy Hills.

Flashy Gray’s fourth dam produced multiple Grade 2 scorer L’Heureux and Missile Belle, who captured the 1970 runnings of the Coaching Club America Oaks and Gazelle Handicap.

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