Dice Flavor burst between opponents in midstretch and drew off to a
Wildcat Moon broke on top from the rail but was quickly passed by Grade 3
Maldonado continued to show the way around the far turn, ripping through six
He dominated the final furlong with jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., finishing 1 1/8
miles in 1:51 2/5.
Off as the 9-1 fourth choice in the nine-horse field, Dice Flavor paid $21,
$10.80 and $9.20. Nina’s Dragon rallied wide into the stretch and wound up
second at 13-1, nearly a length better than the 25-1 Counting Days in third. It
was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Carving, who was followed by Zeewat, Wildcat
Moon, North Pacific, Rush In and 2-1 favorite Mandando.
Third versus allowance/optional claiming foes in his last start at Santa Anita, Dice Flavor broke his maiden two
starts previously at Hollywood Park on December 16. The chestnut colt is a son
of Scat Daddy, who also sired 2012 El Camino Real Derby winner Daddy Nose Best,
and Dice Flavor is out of the Afleet mare Afleet Summer, making him a
half-brother to multiple Grade 3 hero Swift Warrior, winner of Saturday’s Grade
3 Tampa Bay; and multiple stakes victress Carolina Sky. His female family also
includes multiple Grade 1 hero and Canadian champion Sky Classic; Canadian
classic winners Sharp-Eyed Quillo and Regal Classic; and Canadian champion Classy ‘n
Dice Flavor was bred in Kentucky by Paget Bloodstock, Nearctic Bloodstock and
Carhue Investments, and he initially sold for $80,000 at the 2011 Keeneland
September sale before being purchased for $100,000 at last year’s Barretts May
two-year-old sale. With Saturday’s $120,000 payday, Dice Flavor has now earned $160,500
from a 5-2-0-2 career line.