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2nd at 5STEPHEN FOSTER H.
(gr. I , 9f , to Flashy Bull, defeating Diamond Stripes, Jonesboro, Wanderin Boy, Master Command, Wiggins, Mr. Umphrey ).
West Point Thoroughbreds has won plenty of stakes in its history, but none as big as the June 16 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Add to that victories in four other graded stakes this year, and it’s easy to see that West Point is enjoying its best year yet.
Flashy Bull, who outlasted Magna Graduate to win the Stephen Foster by a head, is one of three graded stakes winners in 2007 for West Point. A partnership outfit headed by founder and president Terry Finley, West Point also has won graded stakes this year with Dream Rush and Awesome Gem. Dream Rush captured the Nassau County Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park and the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Awesome Gem won the San Fernando Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Flashy Bull was a stakes winner this year prior to the Stephen Foster. The 4-year-old son of Holy Bull won the May 19 William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico.
West Point, which raced earlier graded stakes winners Seattle Fitz and Ethan Man, bought Flashy Bull for $205,000 through Buzz Chace, agent, at the 2005 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s February sale of 2-year-olds in training. Oxbow Farms consigned the colt.
Flashy Bull, who is out of the Mt. Livermore mare Iridescence, was bred by Jerry and Liz Squyres of Dallas and foaled and raised at Julie Rini’s Crowning Point Farm near Paris, Ky. “He was a quiet colt, very laid back,” Rini said. “There were times when he was out in the field with 15 other horses, and he always took his time catching up to them when they were running.”
The Squyreses worked with bloodstock agent Lincoln Collins in deciding the mating that produced Flashy Bull. “There were several stallions we liked,” Liz Squyres said. “I told him we wanted to breed mares to Crafty Prospector, Holy Bull, and some other stallions that I had seen at different farms. He put together all the matings that he liked, and we came up liking Holy Bull as the best stallion for Iridescence. Holy Bull, a really beautiful horse, was always a favorite of ours.”
The Squyreses sold Flashy Bull at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale through Crowning Point, agent. Oxbow bought him for $85,000. The following May, Holy Bull became one hot stallion after his son Giacomo captured the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Iridescence is no longer owned by the Squyreses. Shortly after Flashy Bull broke his maiden as a 2-year-old by 51¼4 lengths at Belmont Park, Iridescence was sold to Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, for $140,000 at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Consigned by Crowning Point, agent, she was in foal to The Cliff’s Edge. After the sale, Flashy Bull ran a solid second to Bluegrass Cat in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct.
“After he ran second in the Remsen, we had second thoughts about selling her,” Liz Squyres said. “But second thoughts follow this industry.”
Iridescence also went through the 2006 Keeneland November sale, but didn’t sell while in foal to Tale of the Cat. Consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent for David Mueller’s Mueller Farms, she was bought back for $300,000. She produced a Tale of the Cat colt this year for Mueller Farms and is not in foal for 2008. The farm is located near Verona, Ky.
The Squyreses, who also bred Flashy Bull’s stakes-winning half-brother Pink Viper, retained Iridescence’s first foal, Only Imagine, for broodmare purposes. She is in foal to Borrego.
Holy Bull has sired 31 stakes winners, including additional 2007 added-money winners Bwana Bull (gr. III), Bishop Court Hill, and The Holy One. Holy Bull stands for $15,000 at Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley near Lexington.—D.S.
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