Half of the 10-horse field to this year’s $750,000 Champion of Champions is set after Too Flash For You won the Grade 1 All American Derby on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs. Too Flash For You joins Los Alamitos Winter Championship winner Nellie Delaney, Remington Park Championship winner Bon Accord, Vessels Maturity winner Far Niente, and All American Gold Cup winner DM Streakn Thru Fire in this year’s Champion of Champions to be held on Saturday, December 13 at Los Alamitos.
The First Moonflash gelding broke straight and true from Post 6, made the lead by mid-stretch and jockey Larry Gamez guided the horse home a half-length the best under a confident hand ride in a time of :21.305. .
Too Flash For You was trained by Wes Giles and races for a partnership of Jose Espinosa of McAllen, Texas, and Jim and Michele Laird of Doss, Texas.
“It feels really good,” said Giles. “You wait and you dream about it for a long time, and everything came together. We had lots of room and a clean break and the horse ran a huge race.”
Champion Five Bar Cartel, racing up the inside of the track, was second. Rainbow Derby (G1) winner Houdini was third, with fastest qualifier Big Dashing Perry fourth. Too Flash For You is now 4-for-4 this year with career earnings of $942,189.
Bred by Sarah Donaldson-Rioux of Deming, New Mexico, Too Flash For You is by champion and quarter-mile world record holder First Moonflash. Too Flash For You is one of seven winners from 11 starters out of the winning Rare Form mare Rare Pie ($11,084), who in 1996 ran in Darkelly’s Blue Ribbon Futurity (G1). The gelding was a $20,000 purchase at the 2012 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
“I always had faith in the horse, ever since we bought him,” said Espinosa. “As a 2-year-old, he was 'good- bad’, but this has been his year. He has a lot more in him.”
Sent off at 8-1 odds, Too Flash For You paid $19.60 on a $2 win wager. Giles and Gamez teamed up in July to win the Rainbow Futurity (G1) with Trendi in a huge, 45-1 upset.
“He’s real nice to be around,” says Giles. “He’s real easy-going. This horse doesn’t do anything wrong. He’s about as easy a horse as you could possibly train, as far as just paying attention and trying. He gallops nice and all that – there really isn’t just a lot to him that you have to do.”
“Jose Espinosa picked the horse out of the sale, and he and Jim Laird went in as partners,” Giles says. “Jose broke the colt and sent him to me last year in El Paso. I really thank them for sending me the horse.”