Too Flash For You, a gelded son of First Moonflash, upset favored G1 Rainbow Derby winner Houdini, to win the $1.9 million, 440-yard All American Derby, at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday, August 31.
Trained by Wes Giles, for Jose Espinosa and Michele Laird, and ridden by Larry Gamez, Too Flash For You broke smartly and crossed the wire in a time of 21.305, half-a-length over Five Bar Cartel, who was second by a neck over Houdini.
“When he heard that click and the gate opened…he left and was rolling,” said Gamez. “I just talked to my horse and asked him to go a little faster. When we hit the stretch and I saw that horse on the inside (Five Bar Cartel), I went to a left-handed (stick) and got another gear.”
It was the fourth consecutive win for the New Mexico-bred gelding, a $20,000 Ruidoso Select Sale purchase, who earned $806,772 to push his career earnings to $942,188.
“Everything came together,” said Giles. “We had lots of room and a clean break and the horse ran a huge race.
“We got banged around every time last year in the finals and he never had a chance. He’s had time to mature and this year the breaks have been coming our way. He’s got a big kick on the end, when he gets out of the gate.”
The All American Derby victory was the first $1 million-plus win for both Giles and Gamez. It has been a sensational summer for Giles, who also won the $900,000 Rainbow Futurity with Trendi, and finished second on Saturday with Jesscuzican, in the $200,000 G1 All American Gold Cup.
Five Bar Cartel, 2013 AQHA champion two-year-old colt, owned by San Gregorio Racing Stable and trained by J.J. Gonzales II, broke on the lead by a head, from the inside post position; Too Flash From You dug in from post six.
Following third-placed Houdini, in order, Big Dashing Perry; Mon Ti Dash; J Bar; Kates Dynasty; The Ultimate Eagle; and Down Side Magician completed the nine-horse finish.