Flash And Roll is Prompt Favorite in Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity

The First Moonflash filly gets her second stakes win in California's richest race

Q-Racing Journal

Scott Bryant's Flash And Roll was all alone at the wire in Sunday's Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

A sharp break out of the gate helped Scott Bryant's Flash And Roll score a clear 1 1/2-length victory in California's richest horse race, Sunday's 400-yard, $1,836,425 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Ridden by G.R. Carter, Jr. for trainer Justin Joiner and sent to post as the 13-10 favorite, Flash And Roll stopped the timer in :19.543. The brown daughter of champion First Moonflash earned $771,299 from her sixth win in seven races and second stakes victory.

“She’s one of the fastest horses I’ve ridden,” said Carter, who is a 10-time AQHA champion jockey. “I’ve ridden a lot of great fast horses away from the gate, but she’s right up at the top of the list. There were a lot of nice horses in this race tonight, but she just spanked them the first two jumps and ran away from them.

 
From left, Justin Joiner, G.R. Carter Jr., and
Scott Bryant. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

"There’s nothing like that feeling when you are running away from the field of those kind of horses knowing that you have the race won before you go past the gap," he added. "You’re not even halfway through the race and you know you have it won. I think she’s just that talented.”

Flash And Roll was bred in California by Julianna Hawn Holt of Blanco, Texas. The filly was a $200,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale in New Mexico. She is out of Stylish Jess BR, a daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Feature Mr Jess and the sport's 2009 champion aged mare.

A resident of West Texas, Bryant has raced horses in partnerships for years. However, at the Select Sale he decided to buy a filly of his own. Raced in New Mexico and California, Flash And Roll has earned $1,213,754, and her resume includes a victory in the November 4, 400-yard Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos, and a victory in a 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trial at Ruidoso Downs in August.

“She’s the first filly I’ve owned alone,” Bryant said. “She had talent; we saw that early on with her. We knew she had heart. She ran in the trials to the All American, but it went from a very nice headwind to a really large tailwind and it blew us off the board.

"She’s come to California and has been outstanding," he added. "G.R. is the man. He says he’s retiring, but it doesn’t matter. He’s the man.”

Joiner, the son of trainer Mike Joiner, has had a long association with Flash And Roll.   

“I broke her from scratch,” the young trainer said. “She ran in the All American trials and the weather beat her a little bit. Since she’s been out here, she’s been nothing but perfect. I’ve had Jason Hart out her galloping her because she’ll go out there buck and play. I’m not sure how many guys I can get to stay on her in the morning and me still get to turn her loose. Jason has done a great job. Her groom, Sy Broussard, he loves that filly to death. She’s been professional.”

“G.R. knows that if he gets the filly out of there, we’ve never had a problem with her finishing a race,” Joiner added. “She’s already run in the All American trials, which is 40 yards farther. This filly is about 950 pounds the best I can guess, and I think she can run all day long."

Lethal Lil finished third and was followed by Transcend, Apollitical Pence, Powerful Favorite, Mister Appolitical, Dexxter, Seaduction, and Deceiver.

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