Flashback rolled to a deceptively easy 6 1/4-length score in Saturday's $200,000 Robert B. Lewis S. at Santa Anita Park to give the 3-year-old son of Tapit his first career stakes win in his black-type debut.
Flashback was one of three graded stakes winners on the day by her sire, with Tapicat taking the Grade 3 Florida Oaks and Honorable Dillon in the Grade 2 Hutcheson S. at Gulfstream Park.
Tapit entered the day ranked fourth on the 2013 General Sire list and will almost certainly sit atop the standings after Saturday's racing is completed.
Flashback is all alone at the finish of the G2 Robert Lewis
Flashback controlled the pace of the 1 1/16-mile Lewis from the outset. Securing the rail spot early on, he was pressed by stablemate Den's Legacy and He's Had Enough (also by Tapit), through a half-mile in :48.69. With a little more than a quarter-mile to go, Flashback began to edge away, and after Julien Leparoux set him down for the stretch drive, he bounded away with every stride to get the distance in 1:42.95.
“It was an easy race, we won easy, and this is a nice horse. If he keeps improving, I think he has a bright future,” said Leparoux.
Bred in Kentucky by William G. Andrade, MD & Michael Hernon, Flashback is a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Zazu. The winner is now perfect in two starts. With the win, the gray or roan colt earned $120,000 for owners Gary and Mary West.
Gainesway consigned and sold Flashback as a weanling at the 2010 Keeneland November sale, with a top bid of $260,000 coming from Ben Glass, agent.