Los Alamitos Super Derby
Los Alamitos Super Derby
Scott Bryant's Flash And Roll, a daughter of champion First Moonflash and last year's champion 2-year-old filly, earned her third Grade 1 victory in Sunday's 400-yard Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Justin Joiner and sent to post as the 3-2 second choice, Flash And Roll defeated even-money favorite Powerful Favorite by a neck in :19.516. The brown filly earned a 99 speed index and the $424,053 winner's share of a $1,009,650 purse.
Flash And Roll became the first horse to win the Golden State Million Futurity (G1), Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1), and Los Alamitos Super Derby, and she ran her record to a perfect 6-for-6 at Los Alamitos. In addition, the filly earned a provisional berth in this year's Champion of Champions (G1), which will be run at Los Alamitos on December 14.
“I got away from the gate like a rocket,” said Jensen. “As good as I got away I thought I’d get the jump on everybody. We hit the ground that first time and Powerful Favorite was right with me, maybe a head or half-a-neck behind me. It was a dogfight from the first jump. Those two extremely good 3-year-olds just hooked up and ripped down through there.
"I was telling Scott Bryant that most of her races have been so easy when she’s won or in the races where she’s gotten beat, they’ve been a disaster right off the bat," the rider added. "That was the first time she’s really been in a dogfight. I was very impressed at how she handled herself and really dug in and did what it takes to get there first. It was impressive because a lot of times a horse that hasn’t really been challenged as hard like she was today, you don’t know how they will do until they get hooked in a battle. She outfinished (Powerful Favorite) there at the end."
Flash And Roll was bred in California by Julianna Hawn Holt, and she was coming off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaign during which she won two of four starts and ran ninth in the September 1, 440-yard All American Derby (G1).
“I’m just glad that this filly has come back the way she has,” Joiner said. “I was wondering if (Powerful Favorite) was going to close in on us, but she seemed to get another gear down here and did her job. In All American Derby she actually got away really well, but she got bumped around good and one of the horses got disqualified. She took it pretty hard.
"The first couple of weeks down here I was just trying to put her back together and really hoping that it didn’t affect her mentally," the trainer added. "It didn’t seem to. Sometimes a change of environment really helps.”
Flash And Roll has won 10 of 13 starts, including three Grade 1 stakes at Los Alamitos, and she has earned $1,689,718.
Apollitical Pence finished third and was followed by Corona By Corona, Red Hawk Cartel, Dexxter, Ali Babe Foose, Bail Czech, and Symbol Of Faith. Especially Tres PYC was scratched due to a high temperator, but trainer Paul Jones expects Especially Tres PYC to recover fully in a few days.
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