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Keeneland sale: Flashy Gray, a recent 2-year-old winner at Churchill, sells for $775,000
By Nicole Russo
Flashy Gray parlayed an impressive recent victory into a high price tag at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale on Tuesday, with Erin Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds in partnership with Tom Keithley signing the $775,000 ticket for the filly early in the eighth session.
Flashy Gray, a 2-year-old who won her second career start by 10 1/4 lengths on Nov. 8 at Churchill Downs, was consigned by Gainesway, agent, as part of Dolphus Morrison's dispersal of his Thoroughbred holdings. The filly is from the second crop of Grade 1 winner Flashy Bull, who was campaigned during his career by West Point.
"It definitely caught our eye when she won by a pole last week," Finley said. "We thought about it over the weekend and came out to see her. She's a big, beautiful filly, and we love Flashy Bull. We kind of just came in here and went with our gut."
Finley said that West Point was impressed by the filly's attitude as well as her physical attributes.
"For just coming off the racetrack, she came here and just kind of put her head down and acted like a pro all week. That resonated with us," Finley said.
"Physically, she's very correct. She's a big, beautiful filly, she's got good bone on her. We knew coming in that there would be some people on her after she ran so impressively. And she ran so well at Keeneland [when beaten by a head in her career debut on Oct. 5], so it showed she was versatile on both surfaces. We kind of figured [she would sell for] at least half a million."
Bred in Kentucky by Brereton Jones, Flashy Gray is out of the unraced Cat's Career mare Pleasure Cat, dam of six winners from eight foals to race. Morrison purchased Flashy Gray for $45,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale.
"She's the best racehorse I own," said Morrison, who is best known as the breeder of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. "She exceeded Rachel Alexandra's times over at the training center - she beat all of Rachel’s times. She's extremely fast, she's got a great airway, she's got great feet, she's got good conformation. She's sound - she's got a tremendous, strong rear end. She will be a wonderful racehorse unless something weird happens. That was a great buy by Terry Finley. She went to a good home. . . . We're very pleased with that sale."
Morrison said he had no regrets as the dispersal of his stock, which included a total of 20 horses, was set to conclude during Tuesday's session.
"I've had 35 years of great success and fun, and made a lot of money in the horse business," Morrison said. "I'm one of the few people that made a lot of money in the horse business—Rachel Alexandra saved me. This filly, I would have liked to have gone on and raced her, but it was time for me to sell my horses."
Erin Finley said Flashy Gray would be sent to trainer Bill Mott. She mentioned the Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes, held on Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs, as a potential target for the filly’s next start.
This filly has landed in the best hands in racing. God, I wish good fortune to them all... To Ms Finley, just let Trainer Mott do the thinkin'. Give he and the Filly a chance to meet.