05/01/2013 12:01PM

Kentucky Oaks: Flashy Gray out with bruised foot

Barbara D. Livingston
Flashy Gray could make the Acorn May 27 at Belmont if her foot heals quickly enough.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Flashy Gray will scratch from Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs due to a bruised right front foot, trainer Bill Mott said Wednesday afternoon.

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Her scratch will reduce the star-studded Oaks field to 10, including the Mott-trained Close Hatches, who will move in from post 11.

Mott said the bruise was detected following the filly’s Wednesday morning gallop.

“During her gallop I noticed she wasn’t into the bridle, she wasn’t skipping across the ground like she had been,” Mott said. “It looks like she bruised the inside quarter of her right front foot, on the bulb of the heel.

“It’s possible she may be completely sound by Oaks Day, she may not be. I spoke with the connections, and given the significance of the race and the entire situation we didn’t want to risk having an issue.”

Mott said that if the bruise were to heal quickly enough, Flashy Gray could be pointed to the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont on May 27.

Flashy Gray, owned by the West Point Thoroughbreds, has two wins and three seconds from five starts. She finished second to Rose to Gold in the Grade 3 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park on March 9 and second to Unlimited Budget in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks on March 30.