05/01/2013 12:01PM

Kentucky Oaks: Flashy Gray out with bruised foot

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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.

myjockwon More than 1 year ago
I fill bad for West Point this is the second time this has happened to them in the Oaks after they were already entered. McLaughlin had a filly that came up sore a day before the race can't remember her name.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still can't believe Mott isn't running Emollient
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Bill Mott is being cautious with Flash Gray, appropriately so. He's doing the correct thing for his horse in scratching her. Good luck in the future & get well quickly, Flash Gray!
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
Mott is usually this way. Cautious... Watch out for Close hatches. Calistoga on the undercard. My picks for the Oaks is Close Hatches, Beholder and Midnight lucky; three-way box.
Alexander Danzig More than 1 year ago
Nice catch Bill. A real horseman.
Meredith Christina More than 1 year ago
Thankfully there are some great people in the industry that make good sound decisions for the horses
James Mazur More than 1 year ago
Jim M No worries. Mott doing the right thing as usual. Still has a heckuva chance with Close Hatches as that one looks alot like Flute. Could be a big weekend for the "oats-and-water" trainers like Mott and McGaughey. Hope the handicapping g_ds do the right thing.
FMeatball More than 1 year ago
Now Here's A Good Trainer !! Get Well Soon Flash !! x0x0x0x0
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Good catch. Such a simple injury could have been devastating to the filly if she ran. She can race another day.