New York Watch: Flashpoint

While Flashpoint may not always be the best behaved colt, he certainly has speed, which he demonstrated today with a sharp debut victory at Aqueduct Racetrack. He becomes the first horse in 2011 to join the New York Watch list, which profiles up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Away alertly from post position one, Flashpoint cleared on the lead and was tracked by odds-on favorite Simba's Story through fractions of 22.89 and 45.98. Jockey Cornelio Velasquez shook the reins at Flashpoint as they turned for home, and the colt answered by drawing away to a 6 ¼-length score, completing the six furlongs on the inner track in 1:09.68. "He's a big, strapping colt and is as strong as a bull," said John Fort, president of Peachtree Stable, the operation that owns Flashpoint. "He's not a hyper horse. He won't flip on top of you, but he will run right over you." Fort bought Flashpoint, a 3-year-old son of two-time Grade 1-winning sprinter Pomeroy, for $100000 at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. "He was probably the last thing I was looking for because I usually don't buy sprinters," said Fort. "He was kind of a big bully as a yearling, but you could tell that he was going to grow into that frame. I decided to take a shot on a horse that was different than the type I usually buy, which is usually more of a classic-type horse." Even though Fort saw the colt misbehave before he entered into the sales ...

 

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