08/10/2013 4:33PM

Saratoga notes: Flashy American wins again

Barbara D. Livingston
Flashy American has been invited to the Grade 1 Personal Ensign, her trainer said.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Ken McPeek couldn’t have been happier on Saturday when looking back on Flashy American’s 1 3/4-length victory the previous afternoon in the Alada overnight stakes. The win was the third in the last four starts for the steadily improving Flashy Bull filly, whose lone setback during the streak came at the hands of Authenticity in the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap earlier in the meet.

“She ran super, she’s rock solid steady,” said McPeek. “Same thing I’ve been saying all along, as long as we keep her on the dirt, two turns, she does everything you ask her to do.”

Flashy American dropped nearly a dozen lengths off the pace under jockey Joel Rosario in the 1 1/16-mile Alada before finishing full of run down the center of the track to wear down the leaders and win going away.

“Joel made us all a little nervous when she dropped back like that,” said McPeek. “But turned out he was right. He said he was fighting dirt a little bit the first part of it for five furlongs but once he got her in the clear and gave her something to run at, she went on.”

McPeek said Flashy American has been invited to the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Aug. 25, which will feature Royal Delta and Authenticity.

McPeek also said Montana Native is on target for the Grade 1 Alabama after working a bullet half-mile in 48.60 seconds over the Oklahoma training track on Saturday. Montana Native has won each of her last two starts, including an overnight stakes here on July 24.

“She’s set for the Alabama,” said McPeek. “Just a steady half this morning, nothing complicated, a maintenance breeze. She’s good right now.”

Karaoke to benefit disabled fund

Several members of the Saratoga jockey colony will perform Monday night in a Karaoke contest at Vapor Night Club on the grounds of Saratoga Harness and Casino.

Admission to the event costs $75 for general admission or $150 for VIP seats, which enables early admission and some time to mingle with the riders. The money raised will go to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

More information is available at www.pdjf.org.

- additional reporting by David Grening