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Flay takes on older foes in Saturday’s First Down Dash Handicap

December 17, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Paul Jones and Thompson Racing’s Flay looks to defeat older horses for the second time this year when he takes on five aged horses plus another talented sophomore in the Grade 3, $30,000 First Down Dash Handicap on Saturday night, December 17, at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Oscar Peinado for Jones, Flay defeated aged foes when winning the Restricted Grade 1 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap on July 30. He had previously defeated sophomores in the Dillingham Handicap on May 2. For the year, Flay has been great. He’s won three of nine starts and has finished third or better in eight of those outings while facing stakes level competitors. Flay qualified to the Los Alamitos Super Derby two races ago and was third in a trial to the Grade 2 Southern California Derby. This is the Favorite Cartel gelding’s final outing as a sophomore before returning to race in the trials to the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship on January 22.

Mark and Peggy Brown’s Timely Delivery is the only other sophomore in this race. The Volcom gelding was third to Champion of Champions winner Zoomin For Spuds in the Wrangler Stakes earlier this season. Cesar De Alba, who is in a red-hot battle for the leading Quarter Horse riding title, will pilot Timely Delivery for trainer Rafael Orozco.

The First Down Dash field also features multiple Grade 1 winner Far Niente, who seeks his first win of an abbreviated 2016 campaign.

Fawna Knight’s Old Six Six, Valentin Zamudio’s Tsing Tao, LEMA Racing Stables’ Fiery Kimbo and Celina Molina’s Viento Negro complete the field.