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Flashback Doing Well Sunday, Next Race Undetermined


Bob Baffert reported Sunday that Flashback has exited his win of the Grade II Robert B. Lewis in good shape -- but the trainer says he has “no game plan” at the moment for the two-time starter.

“I didn’t even sleep on it,” Baffert said. “I worry about Game On Dude.” Flashback’s long-range agenda, however, could include the Grade I Santa Anita Derby.

Professional clocker Gary Young was more verbose. Now in his 35th year of scrutinizing Thoroughbred workouts in Southern California, Young was not inclined to go overboard.

“I think Den’s Legacy (second in the Lewis) is a solid horse, but not a Derby horse,” said Young.

“He’s Had Enough (third in the Lewis) is not a very good work horse,and his work for the Lewis was not good. He was getting beat on at the quarter pole just to try and maintain his position.

“Kind of by process of elimination, anything less than what we got from Flashback would have been a disappointment. Maybe next time he runs he’ll face Demonic for Sadler and Curly Top and others for Baffert, who probably is going to start dividing his horses up.

“Flashback will have a lot better horses running at him when he goes for the Roses. But did he run good? Yes. Yes he did . . . But he’s playing catch-up like some of the others nationwide, so we’ll see.”

Grade III Sham Stakes winner Goldencents was the West Coast’s 3-year-old leader in the clubhouse before Flashback’s eye-catching Lewis triumph. The Doug O’Neill-trainee is ticketed for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 mile on March 9. It's a race that could attract Flashback should Baffert decide to keep the gray son of Tapit at home.

“That would be a match to look forward to,” said Doug’s brother, Dennis.

Edited Santa Anita release

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