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Apr 24
It was Flashstorm and Northwest Stud's turn to enjoy the spotlight at Gulfstream Park Sunday, despite the incessant rain that transformed the racing surface into a sea of mud. In the fourth race, a $62,500 allowance optional claimer at six furlongs with a purse of $44,000, Northwest Stud-bred Abounding Legacy came from dead last with a strong stretch run, edging French Quarter by a neck in 1:10.45 and taking down the winner's check of $27,000. The 5-year-old gelding, winner of the Trinniberg Stakes last July, was making his first start since Jan. 7 and raised his career earnings to $239,825, best of all Flashstorm's runners. He boosted his record to 6-4-3 in 18 starts. In an ironic twist, the runner-up was bred by Kathy Taylor, Northwest Stud's advertising director . . . Four races later, Flashstorm was at it again when Northwest Stud-bred Flash Jak stalked the pace set by First Distinction, put the favorite away coming to the turn, then drew off with authority to score by nearly three lengths. The 5-year-old mare collected $22,200 after negotiating the six furlongs in 1:11.17, although Nicky Figueroa had her geared down through the last sixteenth of a mile. Flash Jak raised her earnings to $124,370 on a record of 8-6-3 in 32 starts and became her sire's 16th winner from 29 starters in 2017. Flashstorm is the only Florida sire this season with at least 20 starters to sport a winners-to-runners  percentage of more than 50 - he's at 55.17.