Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., March 24, 2012 – Owner/trainer Fred Seitz made a last-minute call to enter Flashy Dresser in the $75,000 Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday and the colt proved him right. Flashy Dresser not only won the Rushaway by half a length but also did so in just his second career start while stretching out from six furlongs to a mile and a sixteenth and while fighting for it from the six-furlong mark to the wire.
Gung Ho was a very game second after stumbling at the start, and Gold Megillah was third, another three-quarters of a length behind. Final time for the race for 3-year-olds was 1:45.58.
Flashy Dresser broke from the outside post in the field of eight and found running room in third, less than three lengths off Dynamical as the latter set a slow first quarter in :24.93 and a slower half mile in :49.89. Gung Ho raced in second throughout, hanging tough with Flashy Dresser when he took the lead after three-quarters of a mile. The two battled a head apart through the stretch until Flashy Dresser edged ahead nearing the wire.
Behind Gold Megillah were Dynamical, Sky Alert, Posey Rose, Going to Market, and Bluedacious. Flashy Dresser was the Rushaway's 9-5 favorite and paid $5.60, $3.80, and $3.
"When they went in 49 and 4/5th, I was surprised he wasn't on the lead," said Seitz, "but (jockey Luis) Contreras has very good judgment. He doesn't get rattled; he's very calm. I think Ken Ramsey's horse (Gung Ho) ran a huge race."
Recalling his decision to ship to Turfway, Seitz said, "There was nothing at Gulfstream. We were going to ship back home and all of a sudden it dawned on me Monday morning that this race made sense. He had trained very well on the Polytrack as a 2-year-old last April.
"This horse was picked out by Dr. David Lambert and his team at the Fasig-Tipton sale. He deserves a lot of credit. They picked him out by his physicality," Seitz said.
Seitz and Lambert are not the only ones who know Seitz has something special on his hands. The colt's 6 3/4-length debut victory at Gulfstream Park March 4 set his phone to ringing.
"I got a lot of calls after that race at Gulfstream," Seitz said. "I listened to offers for about two days. I had to search my soul and decided not to do it. I have been waiting a long time for something like this.
"I don't know where I'll go next. The Blue Grass is three weeks away, and the 2-year old champ (Hansen) is going to be there. The most important thing is to wait and see how he comes out of this race and see how he's doing."
Undefeated in two starts, Flashy Dresser has earned $73,065. He was bred in Kentucky by Ricky Smith and is a son of Flashy Bull out of Saltnvinegar, by Two Punch.