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Q-Racing Journal September 2, 2013
Handsome Jack Flash. PHOTO: Gay Harris
New Mexico-bred Handsome Jack Flash won the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) for his home state and for his New Mexico connections in front of an all-time record crowd of 24,588.
Sent off at 8-1, Handsome Jack Flash broke from Post 3 under Jaime Parga Leos. The race offered a clean start to the field, and Handsome Jack Flash dueled gamely to finish a neck the best of a late-closing Reagal Eagle. The time was a fast :21.166 over 440 yards. Handsome Jack Flash was trained by Juan Gonzalez, who trained 2003 All American Futurity winner By By JJ.
Fastest qualifier Wagon Tales was third, followed by favorite Especially Tres. Skuze Pleeze was fifth, followed by You N How Many More, Hes Relentless, Wagon Full Of Gold, Fatal Policy and Houdini.
Handsome Jack Flash qualified to the race through a second-place finish behind Hes Relentless on the first day of trials. It was Handsome Jack Flash’s first defeat in four starts. His record now stands at four wins and one second in five starts. The $1.3 million winner’s share boosts his earnings to $1,482,271.
Handsome Jack Flash is owned by a trio of friends. His breeder, Debbie Laney, has been friends with co-owner Norma Alvarez for nearly 20 years. Norma and her husband, Dosi, have had racehorses for several decades and seen a great deal of success and raised Handsome Jack Flash on their Anthony, New Mexico, ranch. Yesterday, the Alvarezes saw their homebred Vancouver Moon finish fourth in the All American Derby.
The Alvarezes farm 1,000 acres of mostly cotton, chile and alfalfa and raise racehorses. Laney lives in Tularosa, New Mexico, with her husband, Stacy, and the two work for Levi’s as fabric development experts.
Laney bred her Mr Jess Perry mare Shez Jess Nice to First Moonflash, who was bred by Dosi and Norma and went on to be a champion earner of $969,828, during his first season at stud. The result was a dark bay they would name Handsome Jack Flash.
First Moonflash stands at Double LL Farms at Bosque, New Mexico, and joins the ranks of stallions who sired an All American winner in their freshman season. He is the sire of only 52 starters, with 21 winners. Handsome Jack Flash is his only stakes winner to date. The gelding is one of two starters out of his dam, and is her first winner.
Norma’s sister-in-law, Brenda, wanted to try owning a racehorse, so last year, the three women partnered on the Alvarez-bred Gonna Cha Cha, who won the Zia Futurity (RG1) and All American Juvenile Invitational (R) before dying of colic in December.
Devastated by the horse’s loss, the women decided to partner this year on Debbie’s Handsome Jack Flash, who would go on to win them the Zia Futurity (RG1) again earlier this summer. The women joke that Brenda has been their good luck charm.
"When he was born, Norma called me and said 'you have a handsome colt,' " Laney remembered. "So me and my husband went to see him. I looked at him and told my husband, 'This is my All American horse.' He just had that look. Norma loved him, so we decided to become partners. Brenda had been such a wonderful partner last year on Gonna Cha Cha, we decided to do the 'AAL' partnership again. How much better does it get than this?"
First Moonflash and Vancouver Moon are both out of the Alvarezes' homebred mare Nagano Moon, who is also the dam of Dash Ta Moon ($351,680), Full Moon Dasher ($122,086) and Moonifisant (by Sixes Royal, $127,195).
“When he was born, he was just drop-dead gorgeous,” Norma says of Handsome Jack Flash. “He reminded me of First Moonflash so much...He’s always been a favorite on the farm, has a really good personality. He wants to please, and kind of a character. You can call him from across a pasture, and he’ll just come running up to you. He’s a cool horse.”
And now he is a homebred All American Futurity winner.
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