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Gray scores Flashy victory for new connections

Flashy Gray shown at Keeneland, where she was purchased for a session-topping $775,000 in November (Keeneland Photo)
Triple Crown-nominated filly Flashy Gray dominated an entry-level allowance in her debut for new connections in Sunday's 4TH race at Gulfstream Park.

A 10 1/4-length Churchill Downs maiden winner last November 8, she entered the Keeneland sales ring five days later and went for a session-topping $775,000 to West Point Thoroughbreds and Tom Keithley.

Hammered down to 1-2 favoritism in her first start for Bill Mott, the gray prompted the pace through an opening quarter in :23, took over through a half in :46 1/5, and opened up down the lane to post a 4 3/4-length decision. Joel Rosario guided the promising sophomore through seven furlongs in 1:22 3/5 on the fast main track.

"She looked like from her previous form she had some natural speed, which she did," Mott said.

"What I was most pleased about was when Joel took her back off the lead horse, she rated very kind, wasn't rank, and was in a nice rhythm. The way the end of the race looked it seemed like she should go on.

"She had such a nice, easy comfortable stride going on the backside," the Hall of Fame trainer added. "She was a little itchy around the gate and wasn't running off. Joel had to ask her a little, but every time he did, she gave more and finished when he asked her."

Flashy Gray, who was first bought by Dolphus Morrison for $45,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, was originally trained by Lon Wiggins. She just missed by a head in her unveiling on Keeneland's Polytrack before impressing beneath the Twin Spires, and her scorecard now stands at 3-2-1-0, $66,100.

"I have to look at the schedule," Mott said regarding her next start. "The stake coming up next (Grade 2 Davona Dale on February 23) is a little too soon."

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