03/01/2013 4:24PM

Santa Anita: Flashback taking Leparoux's winter to another level

Shigeki Kikkawa
Flashback will try for a second consecutive graded stakes win in the San Felipe.

ARCADIA, Calif. – In his first winter of riding in California full time, jockey Julien Leparoux has found the dream mount on top 3-year-old Flashback.

The winner of the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths in his stakes debut at Santa Anita on Feb. 2, the undefeated Flashback will start as a favorite in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles March 9. The race is a prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 6.

“We got lucky to pick up the horse in my first winter,” Leparoux said at Santa Anita on Friday.

Owned by Gary and Mary West and trained by Bob Baffert, Flashback won his debut in a maiden race over seven furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 8. Leparoux was aboard for that race and was impressed that the colt won even though the distance was not ideal.

“The first time, I thought he was the best, but the distance was too short,” Leparoux said. “In the two-turn race, you could take more time, and he finished up stronger.”

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Flashback is part of a projected field of eight for the Grade 2 San Felipe. The race will include Goldencents, who won the Grade 3 Sham Stakes over a mile here Jan. 5. Last fall, Goldencents was second to 2012 champion 2-year-old Shanghai Bobby in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park in October and won the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana in November.

Other probable starters are Hear the Ghost, Kochees, Omega Star, Salutos Amigos, Tiz a Minister and possibly Den’s Legacy. Tiz a Minister and Omega Star were first and second in the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes here Jan. 26. On Friday at Hollywood Park, Tiz a Minister worked six furlongs in 1:14.

Barry Mitchell More than 1 year ago
Goldencents is a monster and will prove the dominance once again. Don't be fooled by Flashback, he was all out in his last victory. Go watch the head on of the entire race.
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Nice colt for sure! I wouldn't be surprised if Baffert replaces Leparoux just to amuse himself though......he did it to Bejarano last year.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
This horse is impressive. Saw him in the paddock & he looked like a man among men.
Kermit Pleasant More than 1 year ago
Flashback&Goldencents are tough but im waiting for Uncaptured!!
John More than 1 year ago
Dah !Far Out Dude !........................................Ill take my chances with "all others "
avlamal More than 1 year ago
flashback will win the deby period
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
Is anyone going to sneak up and beat Bob or Todd in the Derby, If you think so, you should go to Washington state for some of that legal grass, cause we know you got to be smoking it.
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Lol I feel you bro
William Eisele More than 1 year ago
20 horse field, post position , trips, many ways for them to lose this race
William Eisele More than 1 year ago
& didn't shugs orb just beat pletcher's (3-5) violence in the f.o.y.??
Tom Temple More than 1 year ago
I hear you, Jim. With Verrazano, Flashback, Super Ninety Nine, etc., it has the feeling of a monopoly. But, your saving grace is that they still have to run the race and Pletcher and Baffert don't always win, in fact, only once for Pletcher so keep your chin up, buddy!
Patrick De Vito More than 1 year ago
Tod hasa lot to prove. What's he won?...ONCE? Super Saver.
Steve More than 1 year ago
Right, Pletcher has a great Derby resume.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Bobby hasnt won in 10 years and 13 with his own horse. War Emblem fell into his lap .
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
LOLOL Mark....Fell in his lap?! So Baffert had no part in identifying the horse and recommending that his owner buy the horse? Google what happened to War Emblem's owner the year before before you embarrass us common fans. You see some of us have aspirations of being the next big horse owner so you, Mark can poke and jab at us while we puff on stogies and chuckle in "the mansion" on derby day. Baffert recommended buying War Emblem to his owner (Ahmed bin Salman) because said owner had a heart breaking loss (Point Given) the year before in the derby. If you recall Point Given with luck might have won the triple crown. So, like any high end trainer anxious to appease his owner after such a monumental failure as Point Given's loss was, he went for the fences with War Emblem so as to keep training for him. So my friend, you keep up with these irresponsible quips and your karma could end up going south. Cheers! :-))
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
The great thing about horse racing is a guy can buy a yearling for 3k @ keeneland and have a shot to compete with.a 500k yearling however the pricier yearling wins the majority by far ala buffers and pletcher
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Correction baffert not buffers mr. Auto correct and mr buffers if your a horse trainer
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
HAHA... Randy, I agree whole heartedly. Anyone with bucks and a dream has a chance; be it a $5 claimer turned world class beater or a $500k highly bread beauty!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Oops! Make that "highly bred"... bought with REAL BREAD! Ha
JOHN More than 1 year ago
Yeah, because they have won how many Derbies in the last 10 years??? Oh that's right, ONE, between the both of them. You're right guy, they are unstoppable in the Derby.
Vince More than 1 year ago
I like the Todd or Bob........pletcher has been in 12 derbies and has won ONE and Baffert hasn't won in 10 years . Jim are you new to the game of racing