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All American Futurity Winner Handsome Jack Flash Retired

Ty Wyant

           All American Futurity winner and champion Handsome Jack Flash’s registration papers left the Ruidoso Downs’ racing office on Sunday morning and the five-year-old gelding has been retired.

            He is owned by breeder Debra Laney with Brenda Alvarez and Norma Alvarez.

            Handsome Jack Flash had his day in the 2013 All American Futurity when he scored a neck win in :21.166 for the 440 yards under Jaime Parga-Leos. It is the sixth-fastest time in All American Futurity history. The horses ahead of him on that list are No Secrets Here, Heartswideopen, Dm Shicago, Ochoa and Eyesa Special.

            A New Mexico-bred son of First Moonflash and the Mr Jess Perry daughter Shez Jess Nice, Handsome Jack Flash defeated state-breds in the Zia Futurity before finishing a qualifying second behind Hes Relentless in their All American Futurity trial.

            Powered by that All American Futurity victory, Handsome Jack Flash was honored as the 2013 champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old gelding.

            Handsome Jack Flash started 14 times with six wins, one second and two thirds. He earned $1,517,491.

            “It was killing us that he was running in allowance races and not winning stakes races,” said trainer Seth Ferguson. “So, it was time to retire him.”

            Handsome Jack Flash will certainly enjoy a comfortable life and may even find a second career, such as becoming a roping horse, according to Ferguson.

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