West Point Stable's Flashy Bull, winner of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in June, has been retired from racing because of a crack in a sesamoid in his left front ankle.
"It's a very small crack, but it would require a decent amount of time off," said West Point's managing partner, Terry Finley. "He's at Saratoga and is acting comfortably. If you saw him, you wouldn't think there's anything wrong."
A 4-year-old son of Holy Bull, Flashy Bull last raced in the July 28 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at the Spa and finished unplaced.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Flashy Bull won the Stephen Foster by a head over Magna Graduate and took the William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico in his previous start. He retires with 13 wins and placings from 19 races and earnings of $844,313.
"There's been a really good response from potential purchasers (about standing Flashy Bull)," Finley said.
Flashy Bull was bred in Kentucky by Jerry and Liz Squyres and bought by agent Buzz Chace for West Point for $205,000 at the 2005 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s February sale of 2-year-olds in training. He was consigned by Oxbow Farms.
Flashy Bull ran second in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) to Bluegrass Cat at 2 and placed in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) and Ohio Derby (gr. II) at 3. He also ran in that year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but ran unplaced.
Out of the Mt. Livermore mare Iridescence, Flashy Bull is a half-brother to 2007 stakes winner Pink Viper and has grade I turf winner and Canadian champion Perfect Soul under his stakes-winning third dam, A Status Symbol.