2011 Preakness Profile: Flashpoint

Flashpoint could have a big say in the final outcome of the 2011 Preakness. The speedy colt is the likely pacesetter but might have a hard time lasting the distance.


Flashpoint is the Preakness target - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Owned by Peachtree Stable and formerly conditioned by Rick Dutrow, Flashpoint cruised in his inner track debut at Aqueduct and promptly shipped to Florida for the Hutcheson Stakes. He was sent off at almost 7-1 in the latter race and dusted heavy favorite Travelin Man. His connections caught Derby fever and he faded after chasing a fast pace in the nine furlong Florida Derby. In his defense, he did break from the outside post and chased wide in his first two turn try that day.

He moved to the Wesley Ward barn shortly after the Florida Derby and has drilled a pair of Keeneland bullets. He is bred to sprint and looks best around one turn, and his lack of experience and seasoning will probably catch up with him in Baltimore.


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