Handsome Jack Flash Sent to Gilbreath Barn
Champion has been moved to leading trainer Sleepy Gilbreath.
By Greg Thompson | February 20, 2014
Last year's champion 2-year-old and All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash has moved to the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Sleepy Gilbreath. The gelding, by leading first crop sire champion First Moonflash, is currently at Gilbreath's farm near Brock, Texas, preparing for his 3-year-old campaign.
Gilbreath is delighted with his new addition; Handsome Jack Flash joins the barn that includes millionaires Ochoa and Cold Cash 123. Sleepy Gilbreath has won Ruidoso's All American Futurity three times.
"I imagine everybody would be happy to get a All American Futurity winner to come to their barn," said Gilbreath. "I am a very grateful for the opportunity to campaign him as a 3-year-old. He is sound, and happy. That is a good starting point with him. The idea is to get him up and going towards the end of the Remington Park meet, and then look towards the summer derbies on the mountain (Ruidoso). "
Last season Handsome Jack Flash won four of five starts and earned $1,482,271. He broke his maiden at Ruidoso in May then won his trial and the finals of the $409,442 Zia Futurity (RG1). His only loss was a second place effort in the All American trials to Grade 1-placed Hes Relentless. On Labor Day he returned to defeat Reagal Eagle and Wagon Tales in a tight finish to the $2.6 million All American Futurity.
Earlier this year, he was named the champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old gelding.
Debra Laney bred Handsome Jack Flash in New Mexico and he races for Laney and partners Norma Alvarez and Brenda Alvarez. He is the only winner from the unplaced Mr Jess Perry mare Shez Jess Nice. His second dam A Ladys She Not, by First Down Dash, is a sister to Grade 3-winner Rush For A First Down and Grade 3-placed All Hell Is Loose, the grandam of champion distance horse All About Larry ($191,618), etc.
Gilbreath won his first All American in 1983 with On A High. In 1990, he saddled Refrigerator to win his second All American. In 2011, the trainer got his third All American winner with Ochoa, who has since become the breed's all-time leading money earner with earnings $2,781,365.
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