Fred Seitz’s Flashy Dresser generated a big buzz at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races April 14 when he overcame a difficult trip to win the $250,000 Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds with relative ease (VIDEO).
The Kentucky-bred colt by Flashy Bull was the heavy 1-2 favorite in a field of 10. He’s now three-for-three and in his previous start won the 1 1/16-mile Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park March 24.
Seitz, who also trains Flashy Dancer, was blown away by the victory. Julien Leparoux, who competed earlier in the day at Keeneland in Lexington, made the trip to West Virginia to ride the colt and other horses on the Charles Town Classic (gr. II) program.
“I spoke to Julien before the race, and we talked about having to make a move early because of the short stretch,” Seitz said. “I thought we were cooked with all that traffic (on the far turn).”
Flashy Dresser, who won the Rushaway on the lead, was well off the pace in the Hilton Memorial through fractions of :23.47 for the opening quarter-mile and :46.96 for the half-mile. Leparoux had the colt along the inside and gaining ground into the far turn, but he ran into traffic.
With six furlongs clocked in 1:11.76, Flashy Dresser found some room, rallied into the stretch, and split horses in mid-stretch to get the lead. He pulled away to win by two lengths in 1:25.12 for seven furlongs on a fast track. Mr. Handsome was second, while Trippi's Secret finished third.
Flashy Dresser paid $3 to win. The winner was bred by Ricky Smith.
The Hilton Memorial was run for the first time. Seitz wasn’t aware of the race until Charles Town racing secretary Randy Wehrman called him.
“Thanks for hustling me into the race,” Seitz said to Wehrman. “I’m glad I came.”
Seitz said Flashy Dresser has had three races in six weeks, so he’s not sure where the colt will resurface. He’s also not sure what the colt’s ideal distance is; he has won a one-turn sprint, a two-turn sprint, and a two-turn route race.
“I think we’ll take a little time to figure it out,” Seitz said. “I think we’ll space out the next race.”