Flash And Roll Wins Rich Golden State Futurity

The First Moonflash filly earns the winner's share of a $942,750 purse.

Q-Racing Journal

Scott Bryant's Flash And Roll, a daughter of champions First Moonflash and Stylish Jess BR, wins Sunday's Golden State Million Futurity. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Scott Bryant's Flash And Roll, a daughter of champion First Moonflash, led at every call to win Sunday's 400-yard, $942,750 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by 10-time champion jockey G.R. Carter for trainer Justin Joiner, Flash And Roll defeated Jess Macho Corona by a half of a length in :19.665. The filly earned a 95 speed index and the $395,955 winner's share of the purse.

“When she runs a good race, that’s how she breaks,” Joiner said. “She’s still pretty quick footed for the first 50 yards out of the gate. If she can get out in front of those horses like that, she’s tough to outrun.

"I noticed about the gap, halfway down through here, she looked like she started looking at something," the trainer added. "Luckily having a good rider like G.R., who didn’t panic, got her back on stride. She finished the race really nice. I was a little concerned there for a second, but when you have a good driver the vehicle usually goes forward.”

Carter, who has piloted over 3,800 winners, announced earlier this year that he’s planning to retire at the end of 2018. If that’s the case then Flash And Roll is doing her part to help Carter complete a great final chapter to his Los Alamitos career.  

“We have to build up (Carter’s) retirement fund any way we can,” Joiner joked after the race. “You can’t have a better rider. G.R. is a professional. He’s tough to beat. He really is. He’s cool under pressure. He’s done this a long time, and he’s fun to work with.”

Flash And Roll was bred in California by Julianna Hawn Holt of Blanco, Texas, and the filly is out of Stylish Jess BR, the sport's champion aged mare in 2009. Bryant, who works in the oil and gas industry in Texas, met the Joiners through his longtime friend, Joe Dee Brooks. Bryant joined Brooks in the partnership that campaigned millionaire First Valiant Sign, the winner of the 2015 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and 2016 Texas Classic Derby (G1).

“We still do group horses, but my wife and I started doing our own thing,” Bryant said. “It seems like every year we add a few more. We have about 35 horses right now. Some are at Zia Park. We also have a couple of broodmares."

Raced in New Mexico and California, Flash And Roll has won four of five starts and has earned $440,255, The filly was a finalist in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity in June.

Flash And Roll will make her next start in the trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Sunday, November 25.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Bryant added. 

Apollitical Pence, Favorite Motion, Ali Babe Foose, Wicked Affair, Symbol Of Faith, You Caught My Eye, Powerful Favorite and Tequila Sangria completed the order of finish.

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