Flashback, a first-time starter by Tapit, was a sparkling 3 1/2-length winner in the 2-year-old colt's unveiling Saturday at Hollywood Park (VIDEO
). The gray or roan colt is a full brother to 4-year-old Zazu, winner of the Lady's Secret S. (G1), Las Virgenes S. (G1) and Hollywood Oaks (G2).
Tapit is enjoying another banner year on the racetrack, currently ranked fourth on the North American General Sire list. His progeny earnings have topped the $8.8 million mark, with 10 stakes winners accounting for 17 stakes wins. His four Grade 1 winners are the most by any stallion in 2012. The quartet includes Tapizar, winner of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), who will join his sire as a Gainesway stallion in 2013.
With the ease of his win Saturday, Flashback showed promise that could measure up to his older sibling. Trained by Bob Baffert for Gary and Mary West, Flashback set a few lengths off a solid pace of :45.11 for the first half-mile. Sent after the leaders by Julien Leparoux, Flashback forged to the front with an eighth-mile to run. In the final furlong, he pulled away with only mild encouragement to coast under the line in 1:23.09 for the seven furlongs.
Bred in Kentucky by Michael Hernon and Dr. William Andrade, Flashback is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line. In addition to Zazu, she has also produced the Restoration S. winner Corinthian's Jewel.
Gainesway, as agent, consigned and sold Flashback as a weanling at the 2010 Keeneland November sale, where Ben Glass, agent, purchased him for $260,000.