12/26/2013 7:58PM

Santa Anita: Flores bids farewell to California by winning Malibu

Benoit & Associates
David Flores, riding for the final time before leaving for Singapore, brings home longshot Shakin It Up in the seven-furlong Malibu.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey David Flores left California a winner on Thursday.

Hours before he embarked on a late night flight for Singapore, where he is booked to ride for at least six months, Flores rode Shakin It Up to an upset win in the $301,500 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita.

Shakin It Up ($36) closed from eighth in a field of 11 to win by a half-length over 10-1 Central Banker. Zeewat, a 7-1 chance, finished third, 2 3/4 lengths in front of Flashback, the 9-5 favorite. Shakin It Up ran seven furlongs in 1:20.53 in the Grade 1 Malibu.

Flores returned to the winner’s circle with a faceful of dirt, but the 45-year-old veteran did not seem to mind.

“I was expecting a good pace,” Flores said. “The thing was to get a good start and let him be. He did it all right.”

Bakken finished fifth, followed by Our Double Play, Heir of Storm, Distinctiv Passion, Syndicated, Zee Bros, and Holy Lute.

Shakin It Up was trainer Bob Baffert’s third winner of the opening day of the winter-spring meeting. Earlier, Baffert won a maiden special weight race with Battled, and an optional claimer for sprinters with Five Palms.

“He was training great,” Baffert said of Shaking It Up. “The way he was training, he had the back class to win it. I knew he could win it from way off.”

The Malibu was the first start for Shakin It Up since a fourth in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby in New Mexico in March, and the colt’s first stakes win since the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs here last February.

In the Malibu, Shakin It Up broke from post 2 in a field of 11. Shakin It Up was eighth for the first half-mile, well behind the quick pace of 21.66 and 43.33 seconds set by Distinctiv Passion. Flores guided Shakin It Up wide on the turn and had moved into fifth with a furlong remaining. He took the lead in the final strides.

Shakin It Up is co-owned by former U.S. congressman Dennis Cardoza and breeder Mike Pegram, who co-owns Five Palms. By Midnight Lute, Shakin It Up has won 3 of 6 starts and $367,600.



Chris Enlaplaya More than 1 year ago
I love this horse! Going into the Malibu i ranked him in the top 3 and zeroed in on him for my key horse because he fit all of my main handicapping angles. When he came out on track looking so good in flesh, IO had to go all in on him. So to see him perform like he did goes down as one of the best moments of my christmas vacation, definitely in the top 30 moments among many great ones. Too bad Flores is going, but i suspect he'll return, and hope he gives Hastings a try. With Gryder gone and Gutierrez gone, Hastings could use another top shelf money jockey.
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Where is MARK ? Mr. Ed is all tuckered out :) lol. Come out come out wherever you are ? It's your turn Mark . Hehehe. Come and take your medicine :) I know, I know you're a giver not a taker. LOL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You lost a bet huh!!!! you are an ignorant illinformed idiot that thinks that when a horse loses and you lose a bet, that the jockey and/owner/trainer have some sinister intentions and they are cheating. Yeah it may happen in one out of every ten thousand races. but you can still keep your doctor and your insurance.
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
another typical Anonymouth response
Oak Tree More than 1 year ago
David Flores merely got paid for the Mr. T Bird "thing" back in 9-Nov-13 at BHP. Oh yes, Mr.T Bird came back and won (paid 59.60) in 13-Dec-13 at BHP with Blanc ("lower class jock" to further increase the odds). It seems the old timers are going around the country stiffing horses for a living these days. Pay attention to the migration patterns of these old mother f**kers.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
nice language. really adds credibility to your argument.
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
Class Act David Flore...god speed
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
David spent some time this summer in Singapore and must have liked what he saw and experienced and is going back for 6months, I wish you well and lets hope you find more success over there than you have been finding here in the states lately, that is more consistant success than this bone you get thrown every once in a while out here.
Robin Cardoza More than 1 year ago
Glad to see this horse back on track. Was hoping he made it to the big races this summer but flopped in Sunland Derby.
Glenn Urato More than 1 year ago
iam glad flashback did not brake down he was missing a workout and was 3 days late on one too
georget More than 1 year ago
Look for flashback to go lomger
Bob More than 1 year ago
He'll be back....every time one of these American jockeys tries a stint overseas they always come running back home after a couple of months. I suspect they find the culture shock to be more than they can handle and in the case of Singapore Flores is going to find it to be quite different than anything he's accustomed to.
Walter More than 1 year ago
They are on a work visa, so of course they have to come back.
Ruben Flores Diaz More than 1 year ago
He went There this year so i think he knows what to expect plus o think taxes aré a lot better There
Lefty More than 1 year ago
I didn't know David Flores was "Turning Japanese?" Quite frankly this inspired me to listen to the song! Anyway, great race. Super-Hot pace in the 1st half mile (44 and change) and only wound up being a half second from Spectacular Bid's track record and a 1:20 Good Luck to you David!
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
1st half was 43 1/5 actually
michael More than 1 year ago
Singapore has nothing to do with,Japanese.