10/10/2012 5:32PM

Belmont: Flashpoint on comeback trail


ELMONT, N.Y. - Flashpoint, a multiple graded stakes-winning 3-year-old sprinter of 2011 who was retired last fall, is on the comeback trail.

Flashpoint, a son of Pomeroy, won the Grade 2 Hutcheson at Gulfstream and the Grade 3 Jersey Shore at Monmouth last year. Following a fourth-place finish as the favorite in the Grade 3 Phoenix at Keeneland last October, Flashpoint was retired because of a torn suspensory ligament.

Unable to make a satisfactory stallion deal for Flashpoint, owner John Fort elected to put the horse back in training, turning him over to Steve Asmussen. Flashpoint was previously trained by Richard Dutrow Jr. and Wesley Ward.

“Steve and Scott Blasi have a history of doing an excellent job with horses with injuries,” Fort said. “A horse like Flashpoint – a lot of trainers you know by name, have got a barn full of current stakes horses that are going to get most of their attention. Steve and Scott were nice enough to take this project and kind of run with it. I was there at Saratoga in the summer – this horse was front and center.”

Flashpoint, who rehabbed at Dr. Barry Eisaman’s farm in Florida before coming to Asmussen, has worked 11 times since Aug. 1, including a five-furlong move in 1:02.40 on Tuesday at Belmont. Fort said he has not talked to Asmussen about a race for Flashpoint, who as a Florida-bred would be eligible for the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint next Jan. 19 at Gulfstream.

“That would be a great notion, I haven’t even thought that far ahead,” Fort said. “I never really had one come back from this type of injury to be the kind of horse they were before the injury. I’m sort of in a wait-and-see mode.”