A bay son of Peer Gynt, Flamboyant, a five-time winner from 29 starts, certainly knows how to provide a stylish upset.
Owned by David Bienstock and California Horse Racing Board chairman Chuck Winner, six-year-old Flamboyant, a lifetime earner of $833,403, tracked down Grade 1 winner Obviously late to spring a 46-1 shocker in last January’s Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita.
The French-bred gelding, who took the Grade 2 San Marcos (also at Santa Anita) after the San Gabriel score, has had some strong performances since then, but hasn’t made a return to the winner’s circle. His best results have been four thirds and a second.
“When he settles, he can fly home,” winning jockey Brice Blanc said of the San Gabriel victory. “I speak to him in French, so it must work.”
Said trainer Paddy Gallagher, “Maybe Brice speaks the same language. We gelded the horse, but ever since Brice has ridden him, he's done everything right. So whatever language he speaks, it must be working.”
Could Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Course be the turf tonic Flamboyant needs to get back to his winning ways?
“The horse tried his best each time,” said Gallagher of the past three starts that yielded a second, fourth and most recently, a third, just three-quarters of a length behind the winner, in the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap on August 19. “We hope it is a good fit. We’ll see on Sunday.”
Flamboyant launched his career in France, earning a pair of wins, seconds and thirds in six starts, before a Santa Anita debut in April of 2014, a neck nod at 1 1/8-miles over firm ground.
His last 12 races have all been graded affairs.
“The horse has run well in some good races and he has been around for a long time,” offered Gallagher. “He arrived at Woodbine on Friday in the morning. So far, he seems good.”
Source: Woodbine Communications Office