Kris (GB) - Thakhayr (IRE), by Saddler's Wells | 1992 Gelding -
This "grand old gelding" raced successfully to the age of 10
Bred in Great Britain – and with a first-rate British Isles pedigree – Flick was purchased as a two year old by Judy Carmel. He had raced well in England, but it was when Judy brought him to America that he began winning. Barely edged out by no less than Geri and beating good horses at major West Coast tracks, Flick garnered $515,738 on both dirt and turf. His wins include the Paradise Mile Handicap and The Wicked North Stakes (one of our favorite races).
But Flick's most interesting victory came after he tore suspensory ligament, a career-ending injury. To give Flick a sound, vigorous life, Judy allowed him to receive what was then a revolutionary new treatment. Bone marrow cells were injected at the tear and his own body rebuilt its tissue. As Flick healed he made it clear he wanted to race. His late-maturing pedigree had a chance to develop.
He won his two stakes and got two Grade 2 thirds (the San Pasqual H. and Mervyn LeRoy H.), and continued to race successfully to the age of 10. At Old Friends, his achiever's personality paid off when Danthebluegrassman made buddies with him and showed him his job (and how to gather his share of petting and treats). A quick study, Flick settled right in and has proved a great delight to have among us.
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Modified On: 10/31/2012
Bred in England by Side Hill Stud. Foaled April 19, 1992
Race Record: 51 Starts, 8 Wins, 10 Places, 12 Shows. Career Earnings: $515,738
Racing Owner: Judith Carmel
Trainers: Richard C. Mettee, Monty R. Meier, Paul Assinesi
Jockeys: A. Solis, K. Desormeaux, C. Black, E. Delahoussaye, others
Biggest wins: The Wicked North S at Santa Anita in 1998, Paradise Mile at Turf Paradise in 1997
Other notable races: 2nd in Turf Paradise BCH 1998, 3rd Mervyn LeRoy (G2) at Hollywood Park 1998, 3rd San Pasqual (G2) at Santa Anita 1998, 3rd Fastness S at Hollywood Park 1998, 3rd Arcangues H at Hollywood Park 1997
Raced well to the age of 10. Won stakes on both dirt and turf. Best distance 1 mile.
Flick competed in an allowance race won by Early Pioneer at Santa Anita in 2000. He came in 2nd to A. P. Slew's sire, Geri, in an allowance race at Hollywood Park in 1995.
Joined Old Friends: January 2009