Flashback’s British Idiom Named Eclipse Award Champion

The speed figure British Idiom earned in her winning debut at Saratoga Race Course gave trainer Brad Cox the confidence to move forward, and the chestnut daughter of Flashback  did the rest. Back-to-back wins in two-turn grade 1 races were more than enough to separate her from the rest of the pack, and she was an easy pick to earn the Eclipse Award as top juvenile filly.

Bred in Kentucky by the late Hargus Sexton, his wife, Sandra, and Steve and Brandi Nicholson’s Silver Fern Farm, British Idiom was a $40,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale purchase by bloodstock agent Liz Crow (signing the ticket as X-Go Ranch).

British Idiom is a daughter of the Tapit son Flashback, who stands at Glenn and Becky Brok’s Diamond B Farm in Pennsylvania.

Racing for Michael Dubb, Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group, Sol Kumin’s Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables, British Idiom debuted Aug. 15 at the Spa in a maiden special weight race for sale horses sold for $45,000 or less. The result was a 3 1/2-length win going six furlongs.

“She did all of her pre-training in Kentucky, and we shipped her to Saratoga. She had showed enough in the mornings that she would be a ‘Saratoga filly,'” Cox said. “She received a good figure off of that, and we were pointing toward the Pocahontas (Stakes, G2, Sept. 14 at Churchill Downs) … we worked the week before, and I just wasn’t happy with the work and the way she came out of the work, so we took a step back and circled around to the Alcibiades and she proved that day she was a grade 1 horse.”

In the Oct. 4 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) British Idiom cruised to 6 1/2-length victory under Javier Castellano. In her immediate wake was the grade 1-winning Perfect Alibi.

“With her physical make up and pedigree (she is out of Rose and Shine, by Mr. Sekiguchi) we thought she’d stretch out just fine,” Cox said. “She’s not overly aggressive in her training. She’s really mild-mannered and has a great mind, so I think that gave us a good indication she’d stretch out.”

Still, there was another bell to answer. Shipping across the country and facing grade 1 winner Bast and the well-regarded Donna Veloce, British Idiom rated well in the 1 1⁄/6-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and had to grind her way past Donna Veloce in deep stretch to post a neck victory.

A 3-for-3 campaign, including the score in the division’s top race, sealed the deal for British Idiom.

Two -year-old Eclipse Award voting breakdown (first-place votes): British Idiom (222), Bast (12), Sharing (6), Alms (1).

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

First Foal For Eastwood is a Filly

The first foal by the speedy Speightstown son Eastwood was born in Pennsylvania during the third week in January.

The gorgeous filly was bred by Martina Rojas and is the third foal out of the mare I’m Just Sayin, a winner of nearly $150,000.

Eastwood was a wickedly fast winner at Belmont Park, Saratoga and Keeneland before knocking heads with Southern California’s top sprinters. The $800,000 Fasig-Tipton was 2nd in the G3 Los Angeles S. at Santa Anita and bankrolled $265,545.

The gorgeous filly was bred by Martina Rojas and is the third foal out of the mare I’m Just Sayin, a winner of nearly $150,000.

Eastwood was a wickedly fast winner at Belmont Park, Saratoga and Keeneland before knocking heads with Southern California’s top sprinters. The $800,000 Fasig-Tipton was 2nd in the G3 Los Angeles S. at Santa Anita and bankrolled $265,545.

Diamond B Farm Stallion Open House Set for Sunday, January 26

Diamond B Farm in Mohrsville, Penn., will host a stallion show on Sunday, Jan. 26, from noon to 3 p.m. Eastern.

The show will be an opportunity to inspect Boisterous, California’s leading freshman sire of 2018 and leading second-crop sire of 2019, who moves to Diamond B Farm for the upcoming breeding season. The Grade 1-winning son of Distorted Humor will stand for an advertised fee of $3,000.

Also at Diamond B Farm is Flashback, the sire of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and Eclipse Award finalist British Idiom. A son of leading sire Tapit, Flashback will stand the upcoming season for $3,500.

Uptowncharlybrown, a son of Limehouse, will stand for $5,000 for Pennsylvania-foaling mares and $7,500 for outside mares. He is the sire of graded stakes winner Dixie Serenade.

Eastwood, a speedy, graded-placed son of Speightstown, stands for $2,500 and will see his first foals arrive in 2020.

Social Inclusion will see his first 2-year-olds hit the track this year. The son of the late, great Triple Crown sire Pioneerof the Nile stands for $5,000.

Rounding out the group is Talent Search, a son of Catienus whose runners include stakes winner Hollywood Talent. He will stand the upcoming season for $2,500.

Flashback’s Breeders’ Cup Heroine British Idiom Officially Eclipse Award Favorite

The unbeaten British Idiom was named an Eclipse Award finalist and is a heavy favorite to be crowned Champion Two-Year-Old Filly at the January 23 ceremony at Gulfstream Park.

The daughter of Flashback was a debut winner at Saratoga on August 15. She then reeled off a pair of Grade 1 victories in the Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita where she defeated fellow finalist Bast.

Flashback’s British Idiom Victorious in $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Up against a talented but untested maiden winner in 2-1 favorite Donna Veloce, G1 Alcibiades winner British Idiom used her experience to her advantage to capture Friday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Owned by Madaket Stable, Michael Dubb, the Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables, British Idiom and Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano tracked the early pacesetters then pounced in the stretch, running down the game favorite to win by a neck on the wire.

The 2-year-old daughter of Diamond B Farm’s Flashback ran 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita’s fast main track in 1:47.07.

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First Grade 1 Winner for Second-Crop sire Flashback

Flashback earned his first Grade 1 winner when BRITISH IDIOM crushed her foes by more than six lengths in the G1 Alcibiades S. at Keeneland on October 4th. The undefeated Brad Cox trainee has increased her earnings to $281,250. The contest is also a Win And You’re IN for the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Future Stars Friday at Santa Anita Park.

BRITISH IDIOM is out of the Mr. Sekiguchi mare Rose and Shine, from the Storm Cat sire line. Flashback joins Noble Mission (GB) and Cross Traffic as the only stallions of his crop to sire a Grade 1 winner.

Uptowncharlybrown Exacta in the Banjo Picker Sprint Stakes

It was an Uptowncharlybrown exacta at Parx in the Banjo Picker Sprint S. August 3rd. Midtowncharlybrown earned his third stakes victory over his fellow stakes-winning full brother Midnightcharly. The pair showed versatility as Midtowncharlybrown dueled for the lead and Midnightcharly rallied from last.

The pair are out of the Speightstown mare, Torchwood, and their combined earnings have surpassed $750,000.

Flashback’s Offspring Score Big

New Diamond B Farm stallion Flashback has experienced a profitable fall season, with six of his offspring posting impressive efforts in both maiden races, stakes races, and graded stakes contests.

Flashback’s juvenile daughter Boujie Girl has won or placed in three stakes races the past four months. Out of the Closing Argument mare Super Girlie, the filly launched her career with a 3 ½-length victory in a five-furlong maiden event at Del Mar. She promptly stepped up in company with third-place finishes in the G2 Sorrento Stakes and G1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes.

Trained by Peter Miller for Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen, Boujie Girl most recently ran third in the Nov. 12 Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar. She currently has earnings of $105,600.

Flashback’s juvenile son Tripwire has also had a strong season, with a third in the G3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine Oct. 21. Out of the Milwaukee Brew mare Mazucambera, he is trained by Mike Maker for Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

Flashback has also had four other offspring win maiden events this season, including Forever Changed, who edged clear to an impressive 3 ¾-length victory in the first race at Aqueduct on Nov. 8. She completed the six-furlong contest in 1:00.48. Out of the Eltish mare Elle Tish Slew, Forever Changed is trained by Charton Baker for Happy Face Racing Stable.

Flashback, a G1-placed runner and G2 winner, is currently the leading first crop general sire by graded stakes horses. He will stand for $3,500 in 2019.


Flashback Relocated to Diamond B Farm

Grade 1-placed, graded stakes winner and freshman sire Flashback has been relocated to Glenn and Becky Brok’s Diamond B Farm near Mohrsville, Pa., for the 2019 breeding season.

Owned by Gary and Mary West, Flashback is the sire of grade 1-placed winner Boujie Girl and Tripwire, who came in second by a half-length in the Grey Stakes (G3) at Woodbine in his second start.

Flashback is also represented by impressive maiden winner Forever Changed, who edged clear by 3 ¾ lengths in the first race at Aqueduct Nov. 8.

Flashback was bred in Kentucky by Dr. William Andrade and Michael Hernon out of the winning Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line. Besides Flashback, the mare has produced grade 1 winner Zazu, graded-placed winner Art Princess, and black-type winner Corinthian’s Jewel.

The 8-year-old son of Tapit was trained by Bob Baffert for all but one of his starts. At 3, he won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2) and was runner-up in the San Felipe Stakes (G2) and Santa Anita Derby (G1). He retired with a 2-3-1 record in seven starts and earned $405,730.

“We are very excited about Flashback coming to Diamond B. He has active 2-year-olds, and they are doing well,” said farm owner Glenn Brok. “We have so much respect for Gary and Mary West and are happy they have chosen to enter the lucrative Pennsylvania breeding market. The state-bred program has a lot to offer breeders, and Flashback will enhance their choices when it comes time to book their mares.”  

Flashback will stand for $3,500 in 2019, with a live foal guarantee and special consideration given to mares foaling in Pennsylvania.