SUNDAY FLASHBACK STRETCHES OUT TO LONGER DISTANCE, STRETCHES WINNING STREAK TO FOUR WITH VICTORY IN REMINGTON PARK FEATURE
Sunday Flashback had a three-race win streak rolling as a sprinter coming into Tuesday’s feature allowance race, but owner-trainer-breeder C.R. Trout had a feeling she wouldn’t have trouble stretching out to one mile.
He was right as his 3-year-old gray filly by Flashback, out of his Sunday Break (JPN) mare Sundayville Break, dug in for a determined stretch drive that would make her a half-length winner over multiple stakes victor Run Slewpy Run.
Trout of Edmond, Okla., knew Sunday Flashback was something special from the beginning, sending her out for her career debut on Oct. 16, 2020, in the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie for juvenile fillies. She was blocked in that race or she might be looking at a five-race win streak and undefeated status. Sunday Flashback lost to Gotta See Red in that first start, finishing third, beaten three lengths in that troubled start. Since then, she broke her maiden on Oct. 30 last year and then was laid off until this meet. Oddly enough, she beat Run Slewpy Run by a head in her maiden triumph. The same top two in the order of finish as today’s feature.
After being off 11 months, Sunday Flashback returned to win by 14 lengths against first-level allowance company on Sept. 10 and then she won the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint on Oct. 15 for her third in a row. All three of her victories at that point had come at 5-1/2 furlongs, 6-1/2 furlongs and 6 furlongs.
Trout had an idea she would love the stretch-out. His broodmare, Sundayville Break, had thrown runners that enjoyed trips around two turns. The average win distance for her progeny was 7.5 furlongs which shouts route runners. Sunday Flashback’s sire, Flashback, had run second in the 2013 Santa Anita Derby, losing to Goldencents. On the dam’s side, Sundayville Break’s sire, Sunday Break (JPN), had won the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes in 2002 and had finished third in the Belmont Stakes that year, running behind Sarava and Medaglia d’ Oro.
If bloodlines ran true, Sunday Flashback would fulfill Trout’s ambition with her. She did indeed with the win, putting $28,398 into Trout’s pocketbook and has improved to five starts, four wins and one third for $153,584 in earnings. The winner was bred in Oklahoma by Trout.
Run Slewpy Run had won the $70,000 Bob Barry Memorial Stakes on Sept. 24 and the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf Stakes on Oct. 15, but both of those came over the turf course. She still ran a respectable second, two lengths ahead of third-place finisher Green Eyed Belle.
Sunday Flashback was sent off as the 4-5 odds-on favorite and returned $3.60, $2.20 and $2.10 across the board. Run Slewpy Run was the 2-1 second favorite and Green Eyed Belle was a 27-1 longshot.
Sunday Flashback stopped the timer for the mile in 1:41.10 over fast. Jockey Jose Alvarez set her down in fourth down the backstretch, but quickly took the lead from Run Slewpy Run after a half mile. The interior fractions were :24.67 for the quarter-mile, :48.48 for the half-mile, 1:13.44 for three-quarters and 1:26.78 after seven-eighths.
Remington Park racing continues Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27, with the first race nightly at 7:07pm-Central.
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