03/03/2013 7:21PM

Santa Anita: Flashback has eventful work for San Felipe Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Flashback, with jockey Julien Leparoux up, works five furlongs in 59 seconds Sunday at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Flashback, the unbeaten 3-year-old, had a tougher test than expected in a Sunday morning workout at Santa Anita.

A leading contender for Saturday’s $300,000 San Felipe Stakes, Flashback worked five furlongs in 59 seconds, the fastest of 63 recorded works at the distance. But the circumstances of the stretch run of the workout were not what jockey Julien Leparoux and trainer Bob Baffert envisioned.

Flashback worked in tandem with stakes-winning stablemate Den’s Legacy, starting behind the maiden filly Classic Candy. Nearing the eighth pole, Classic Candy, trained by Jorge Gutierrez, was still in front of the Baffert pair and racing wide, when she moved slightly to the inside, forcing Leparoux to shout for room. By the time Flashback caught Classic Candy, there was ample space for the three horses as the Baffert team ran by. Classic Candy was timed in 1:01.40 for her workout.

“It’s a good thing I had the horse,” Leparoux said.

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Baffert timed Flashback in 59.31 for five furlongs, galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.20. Owned by Gary and Mary West, Flashback has won two starts, including the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes over 1 1/16 miles Feb. 2. The Grade 2 San Felipe is a key prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby over 1 1/8 miles April 6.

Baffert, who won Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap with Game On Dude, said he is even more excited about Flashback’s appearance in the San Felipe.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “I’ll be more nervous for that race.”

Leparoux rides Flashback who will be favored in the San Felipe. The race is likely to draw a field of eight, including Goldencents, winner of the Grade 3 Sham Stakes over a mile Jan. 5, who will be well-backed.

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Other probable starters are Hear the Ghost, Kochees, Omega Star, Salutos Amigos, and Tiz a Minister. Baffert said that Carving, winner of the Real Quiet Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in November but fourth in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 16, is a possible starter.

Carving, co-owned by Baffert’s wife, Jill, and American Olympic skier Bode Miller, worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 on Sunday.

Omega Star, second to Tiz a Minister in the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes on Jan. 26, worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 at Hollywood Park on Sunday.

Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Bob and staff....best of luck. Like Goldencents just wish he had other handlers. Last year's debacle and shady handling of I'll Have Another's tendon issue soured me on that barn. Never mind selling the colt out to Japan for all his efforts.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Honestly, how would you like to be in Bafferts barn people,? The man is on fire..Patriots Voyage, Game on Dude, Not a bad first time turf effort with Fed Biz, and now Flashback..I hope Baffert continues his roll....
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
Goldencents is the horse to beat to greet cashier!
Sherwin Root More than 1 year ago
Gato del Sol
worbleworble More than 1 year ago
Leparoux is a good jockey, but it doesn't seem he has the temperament to guide a horse to victory in the Derby. It will be hard to forgive him for the horrid ride he gave Union Rags and the poor one on Dialed In.
Sam More than 1 year ago
right on
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Absolutely right on!
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
We aren't talking about the ky. derby @ this point in time...This race is a whole different ball of wax...WTFU...ty...
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
Agreed. He gets lost in the big Derby field. But it may not matter here because Baffert trains speed horses. I can't wait to see Gary Stevens back in the Derby.
steve milgats More than 1 year ago
Goldencents by three lengths.....
Sam More than 1 year ago
come back to earth
Marcus Semona More than 1 year ago
I work for Doug O'Neill and we love Goldencents, fingers crossed
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
You have guts posting that.
david More than 1 year ago
darren g More than 1 year ago
This article doesn't say which horse got to the wire first in this workout.
D Lange More than 1 year ago
Flashback, by a couple lengths then Den's Legacy.
Steven Daggett More than 1 year ago
It is obvious that Flashback did if he had the fastest work for the day and it says that the other horse finished in 101 and change
Jeffery Harris More than 1 year ago
MICHEL More than 1 year ago
silver charm