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Flashy American Rallies to Win Sixty Sails
STICKNEY, IL -- On a day where the
legendary trainer of Sixty Sails, Mr. Jack Van Berg was on hand for a book
signing. He was presenting the
trophy for the Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne to the connections of Flashy American,
who rallied along the inside to win.
Trained by Ken McPeek and owned by Preston
Stables LLC of Art Preston, Flashy American grabbed her first Graded Stakes
victory of her career under jockey Chris Emigh.
In a race
where the pace scenario changed due to the scratch of Distinctive Review, Sonja’s
Angel and Martin Garcia cruised to an early, easy lead, setting fractions of
:24, :48 3/5, and 1:13 1/5. While racing
well off the rail, Sonja’s Angel took the field into the stretch with the lead
but Flashy American moved to the inside and made a sustained bid. The move was enough, as she caught Sonja’s
Angel in the final eighth and went on to a three-quarter length victory. Following a rough start, Gamay
Noir closed late to finish third. The
final time for the 1 1/8 miles on the fast main track was 1:50.36.
Sent off as
the slight second choice, Flashy American returned $7.80, $4.00, and
$2.80. Sonja’s Angel came back $4.60 and
$3.00 while Gamay Noir returned $3.40 to show. The $90,000 winner’s share moved Flashy
American to over $500,000 on her career.
Chris Emigh was aboard Flashy American, “I didn’t get
any dirt in my face. I could do what I
wanted. I was in a perfect spot. I was
smiling the whole way. It was luck, the speed stayed wide. I went as slow as I could go and then went
through. Mr. McPeek
told me she’s not complicated, she’s very easy to wide and she does whatever
you want. I just sat up on her to tell
her it’s time to go, and that’s when she ran.
I had a little better trip than I expected, but I’ll take it.”
Garcia had no excuses for Sonja’s Angel, “I got beat. The filly that beat me is