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Sep 6
After Three Rules' sensational victory in the $300,000 Affirmed at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Pretty Boy Flash barely missed making it a once-in-a-lifetime Labor Day weekend yesterday, finishing third in a three-horse photo in the Gr. I, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes on closing day at Saratoga. The 2-year-old son of Gone Astray battled head and head for the lead throughout the seven furlongs with John Velazquez aboard, then fought gamely in the stretch only to fall a neck and a nose short at the wire. It was 6 3/4 lengths back to the fourth-place finisher. A maiden going into the race, Pretty Boy Flash was sent off at odds of 25-1, earning a check for $35,000 and boosting his total to $60,998 on a record of 0-1-2 in four starts. It won't be long before this talented colt visits the winner's circle . . . It would have been appropriate if Mr. Pinocchio had captured his career debut at Gulfstream Park on Sunday by a nose. Instead, the Gone Astray colt finished three-quarters of a length in front in a $50,000 maiden special at 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf course. With Carlos Olivero in the irons, Mr. Pinocchio was off fifth, began to move up midway down the backstretch, went three wide on the turn and ran down the leaders in the final sixteenth. He collected $31,000 for the victory as he became the 34th winner for his sire this year. Gone Astray's 2-year-olds have earned $697,256 in 2016 . . . At Mountaineer Casino and Racetrack, Orbital Flight went wire-to-wire in a one-mile race despite being pressured from the start. The 3-year-old Gone Astray gelding won by one-half length at odds of 5-1 for his second career score.