12/28/2012 3:44PM

Santa Anita: Flashback misses scheduled work, will pass Sham Stakes

Shigeki Kikkawa
Flashback will miss a planned start in the Sham Stakes on Jan. 5 at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Flashback, considered one of trainer Bob Baffert’s top 3-year-old prospects for 2013, missed a scheduled workout at Santa Anita on Friday after Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia said they were unhappy with the colt’s condition in the moments before the exercise.

Flashback was considered a candidate for the $100,000 Sham Stakes over a mile on Jan. 5 until Friday’s setback.

Shortly after 9 a.m., Flashback was being prepared for a workout when Garcia and Baffert spoke via radio and decided to abandon the workout.

At the time, Flashback did not have a fluid motion in his hind end.

After being observed at the barn later in the morning, Baffert said that no injuries had surfaced, but that the colt will be monitored over the weekend.

“We’ll keep an eye on him for a couple of days and see if anything comes up,” he said. “We’ll do some tests. I thought it might have been a foot. Something happened between the barn and going out there.”

Owned by Gary and Mary West, Flashback won a seven-furlong maiden race by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:23.09, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 93. Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Flashback closed from fourth to record an impressive win.

The Grade 3 Sham Stakes is the first stakes in the buildup to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 6. Without Flashback as a possible starter, Baffert said Friday that he is unsure what runners he will have in the race.

The list of candidates is led by Goldencents, winner of the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana in November.

Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
What did you expose BIG JEFF. I set the challenge and you are chicken. It's ok. I really don't have the time to make you look foolish. 3 more people emailed me to LEARN HOW TO HANDICAP. Two days later and alI I get is Thanks, Thanks, Thanks from them already. We CRUSHED the 2nd race exacta at Aqueduct on New Years Day. Notice the short payoff? Oh yeah!!!! : ) I am a giver and you whine and start trouble that you can't back up..
ron breton More than 1 year ago
you know BOB ...if he drops that much ...LOOK OUT....you will not hear from tweebster again...i singled him,,but thats ok..I thought he might have 1 more race in him.....i will see him running in ALBERTA ..CANADA in 2013 .....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tweebster 5th in a 12,500 claimer great job baffert
Suzanne Thomas More than 1 year ago
Blame the trainer, blame the jockey. Nope, I think the Tweebster is just tired of the game and wants out!
ron breton More than 1 year ago
PONIES PAYME....I feel sorry for you ...either your a mad women stomping your feet or your an old man with a cane...going every morning to McDonalds for a cheap coffee...and yaking at anyone that will listen.......
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Telling them "all he had that horse" no doubt....He is amusing to say the least.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Yet, I am the voice of reasoning here. email me at philsvssox2011@gmail.com and i will chat handicapping with you at any time. After a week of winners, you will be my voice of reasoning. I come here to read clips in the articales that can help and I see all these stupid comments and go bezerk. I know I am rough here, but I really could care less what people think. I am 50. I have been wagering for a living for 15 years and make tremendous amounts of cash. If people do not like to hear that, then too bad. i offer to help people and am "training" 5-6 people here right now. Their silence is mandatory ro they get cut off. I can handle 3-4 more. Read the article about the horse baffert dropped in for $12,500 and tell me that 75% of the people here are not whiners. I have a beautiful wife, 5 kids and a HUGE house (3) When I go to my local OTB, the current commet is that I have "tomorrows paper today" meaning I already know the winners. Believe it. Don't believe it. i could care less. I know I win and only rant at people who make stupid comments. If I say I bet a horse, then I did. No need to lie. Send me an email and I will change your life. Generally, i can talk on the phone on the hour trip from my OTB also. Remember. PACE learn it and win.
hoopersremuda More than 1 year ago
TVG, HRTV or DRF really need you! They have some pretty good handicappers but none with 100% or even close! "Tomorrow's paper today"....amazing!
John More than 1 year ago
Yesterdays winner, Distinctiv Passion ran 1:08.3 ! If Bonde can teach this horse to slow down a little , then heres the Santa Anita Derby threat ! Wow, striding out, under wraps, very very impressive !
David Rose More than 1 year ago
He's a son of With Distinction and his offspring are sprinters more often than not. U can pretty much discount him now.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Coil's done too.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
steve milgats More than 1 year ago
Fearful of Goldencents I suppose.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
More n more these days I'm seeing the Baffert I routed for in the nineties on his way up! Stone bruise??? I hope he keeps up his vigilance....especially with Paynter back and Derby fever sweeping the nation again.