Flame N Flash Tops Charger Bar

Flame N Flash returns in Charger Bar Handicap.

Q-Racing Journal
January 4, 2013

Robert Williams’ Flame N Flash, second-place finisher in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1), takes a drop in class when she faces female rivals in the $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G2) over 400 yards at Los Alamitos on Sunday night.

Flame N Flash (Walk Thru Fire-Oh La Proud by Shirley’s Champion (TB)) starts 2013 after a sensational 2012 campaign that could lead to year-end championship honors. She defeated sophomore fillies in the $214,000 La Primera Del Ano Derby (G2) in April and then came back in September to impress with a win over older mares in the $150,000 Mildred Vessels Handicap (G1). Then she had a terrible trip as the 6-5 favorite in the $948,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and finished sixth.

The Elena Andrade-trained filly rebounded in the 440-yard Champion of Champions when she held the lead until the final stride when she was caught by Rylees Boy and defeated by a nose.

Martha Wells’ homebred Getit Together (Separatist-Seronka by Dash Thru Traffic) is in sharp form with two-straight, well-spaced wins for trainer Dan Francisco while moving up in class. She won an allowance race in September and then came back in November to take the $35,000 Las Damas Handicap over fillies and mares.

A year ago, Getit Together finished second in the Charger Bar Handicap after finishing second in the 2011 Las Damas.

Mauro Eli Zaborowsky’s Thisfeatureisspecial (Feature Mr Jess-This Girl Is Special by Special Effort) makes her first start against female company since finishing second to Flame N Flash in the Mildred Vessels. In her two starts since the Mildred Vessels, the Paul Jones-trained mare was fourth behind Chivalry SR in the Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1) and fourth to Hez Our Secret in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors’ Trial.