On May 23rd, a 3-year-old dark bay filly by Mr. Greeley made a debut at the races befitting of her name. Flawless made her first start at Belmont and dashed to a front-running 13 ¼-length victory, stopping the clock in 1:23.71 for seven furlongs after being geared down late by jockey Kent Desormeaux. The performance was as close to flawless as can be expected from a debut, and the promising filly served warning of a bright future to come.
Despite being eased up late in the race, she was awarded a Beyer Speed Figure of 89. TDN was quick to make Flawless a “Rising Star”, which gives Mr. Greeley his seventh TDN Rising Star. The only active sires in the world with more are A.P. Indy, Unbridled’s Song, Distorted Humor and Tiznow.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Flawless was always confidently ridden in the $50,000 maiden special weight race, clipping along through fractions of :22.80 and :46.57 with relative ease. The eye-catching stretch run that followed earned her $30,000 and a big reputation.
“She wasn’t cranked, she was only half ready,” Mott said after the race. “She’s worked very well and has a lot of ability. With as well as she ran on the dirt today, we’ll leave her there.”
Out of the Wild Again mare Oyster Bay, Flawless is a homebred racing for veteran owner Peter E. Blum.
“Any time a horse wins as easily as she won, you can't say you expected it,” Blum said. “But I thought she was a nice filly coming in and would run okay. She ran as well as I've ever seen a horse run for me.”