All American: New Mexico Flash

Wes Giles prepares Too Flash For You for an All American Derby run.

Q-Racing Journal

Too Flash For You with his trainer and groom. PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

Too Flash For You goes into Sunday's All American Derby (G1) off a three-race win streak and an undefeated season as a sophomore.

“He’s real nice to be around,” says trainer Wesley Giles. “He’s real easy-going. This horse doesn’t do anything wrong. He’s about as easy a horse as you could possibly train, as far as just paying attention and trying. He gallops nice and all that – there really isn’t just a lot to him that you have to do.”

A brown gelding by champion and quarter-mile world record holder First Moonflash, Too Flash For You is one of seven winners and the earners of more than $318,000 from 11 starters out of the winning Rare Form mare Rare Pie ($11,084), who in 1996 ran in Darkelly’s Blue Ribbon Futurity (G1). The gelding is the first stakes winner bred by Sarah E. Donaldson Rioux of Deming, New Mexico. Rioux has bred four winners and the earners of more than $198,000 from nine starters, including A Flash For You’s stakes-placed half-brother Famous Pie ($14,285) by Dash Ta Fame.

A $20,000 purchase at the 2012 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Too Flash For You races for Jose Espinosa of Edinburg, Texas, and Jim and Michele Laird of Doss, Texas.

“Jose Espinosa picked the horse out of the sale, and he and Jim Laird went in as partners,” Giles says. “Jose broke the colt and sent him to me last year in El Paso. I really thank them for sending me the horse. Jose did a real good job of breaking horses. When I get horses from him, they’re broke and they’re broke the way you want a horse broke. They do a lot of gate work. The horses walk in the gate, they stand, they pay attention, they’ve got race on their mind when you get them from those guys. And I’ve got a horse that knows what he’s doing, and all I’ve got to do is fine-tune him a little bit. The horses come to me in excellent condition.”

Too Flash For You broke his maiden on his fifth start and scored his sole win as a 2-year-old when he won his trial to the Zia Futurity (RG1) at Ruidoso Downs. He then finished ninth in the $409,434 final won by Handsome Jack Flash, who went on to win the All American Futurity (G1) and end the year as champion freshman. That same season as a freshman, Too Flash For You ran in eight other races, including the Sunland Park Winter Futurity (G2), New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) and Mountain Top Futurity (RG3).

Undefeated in three starts this year, Too Flash For You opened his sophomore campaign in the $85,320 New Mexico HBA Stakes (RG2) on February 16 at Sunland Park and came into the trials for the All American Derby off the $45,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG2) on May 18 at Ruidoso. He goes into the All American Derby with a record of 12-4-3-0 and $135,416.

“He’s really matured,” Giles says. “Last year when he first started off, he was maybe a little slower thinker. But his thinking has improved, as far as quickness – he’s still not a real quick horse away from the gate, but he has improved a lot. But last year, that was where we ran into trouble: We were always trying to get him to break quicker. He was the fastest qualifier to the Zia Futurity, but in the Zia final, he just got totally annihilated coming out of the gate.”

Too Flash For You next started in the trials for the All American Futurity (G1).

“For some reason – after all the banging around – this horse lost almost a 100 pounds before the trials,” Giles says. “There was no real reason. He was moving OK and doing OK, but all of a sudden he just lost all of his weight. We went ahead and ran him in the trials and he left really good, but boy, about halfway down he ran out of steam. So there was something going wrong with him last year.”

Giles sent the gelding home after the trials, to be turned out and get the weight back on him.

“He needed the time off,” the trainer says. “But the horse has never had any surgeries and he’s always been pretty sound. We really didn’t have him paid in a lot this year, so after he won the race in Farmington, we didn’t start him again until the All American trials. So this horse is fresh but maybe he was just a little bit soft coming into the trials. He should be more fit and bounce back. He should be better in the final if nothing goes wrong.

“Since the trials, we’ve had him to the track twice,” he says. “We took him back three days after the trials and just jogged him around there. The horse was super three days after the race – he just felt really good. He came back super, as good as you can have one come back. And you just hope he can maintain that for two weeks.”

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