Watchtel Stable, Gary Barber, Nicolas Drion and Mathilde Powell's FLASHIEST rallied fastest of them all in capturing Friday's $100K Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar, which was the first stakes race of the 2021 Del Mar meet.
Sent off at odds of $12.80-to-win, and ridden by jockey Abel Cedillo, FLASHIEST trailed at the back of the pack early on, while the front runners pushed a tempo of 23.03 and 46.95 for opening quarters.
"I had a plan for him, but he didn't break so well and so I didn't push it." said winning jockey Abel Cedillo. "I just let him do his own thing and saved ground around the first turn. But when we went for the second turn, I said 'This is it.' I went wide with him and let him do his thing. He did it all. He was the winner."
FLASHIEST switched to the outside on the backstretch and advanced position entering the final turn, before rallying determinedly in deep stretch to win by a head. CREW DRAGON finished second, then it was a nose back to NO FOOLERY HERE in third. The final time for the one mile on turf was 1:35.88.
"I wasn't happy being so wide, but this horse has always been a bad actor at the gate and never sends speed." said winning trainer Leonard Powell. "And when you don't have the speed you have to go wide to advance. I thought he was six or seven wide turning into the stretch, but he has a big, long stride reaching out. He was a very immature horse and he came in late to the barn, but he has been a good presence."
FLASHIEST paid $27.60 to win, $11.00 to place, and $7.40 to show. He is by MIZZEN MAST out of NOTHING TO WEAR by MALIBU MOON. He's now won three of four times, pushed his earnings to $120,102, and earned a new top speed figure to shoe.
By sundown, Del Mar had a record-breaking day on Friday, setting a handle mark of $21,339,6453, 29.3% higher than the previous all-time high set in 2016.
Source: Equibase, DMTC