Oh those eyes and his photos don’t do him justice! Flag On the Play has a very wise expression and very serious nature, which is in direct conflict with the fact that he needs people for reassurance even if he says he doesn’t. He pretends that he is so brave, but not until he gets to know his person really well and then he loves spending quiet time in or out of his stall with you. Flag retired from racing with some wear and tear to his fetlocks and stifles, so after starting back to work after some time off he still isn’t 100% sound under saddle. So in fairness to him we have decided he needs to be retired, meaning Flag is looking for a home where he can be a companion to other geldings and humans alike. He is sound without a rider though, so no restrictions on turn out. 24/7 turn out would not be his first choice because he likes his nap time in his stall in the afternoon, but he can go out for most of the day though. Flag could be ridden at the walk without harm, but he is not brave enough to wander too far from the sight of the barn alone. He currently goes out with 2 geldings and he gets along very well with them, playing if they want to play or will just stand and socialize when it is hot outside. Flag has no vices.
Flag has quite the pedigree, with six Champions, five Hall of Fame sires and two Triple Crown winners in the first four generations. Flag is by ’06 champion and Preakness winner, Bernardini, who earned $3 million in eight starts, 6-1-0 and placed second in the ’06 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bernardini closely mirrored his sire, the champion A.P. Indy, who won the ’92 Belmont and Breeders’ Cup Classic, earned $2.9 million in 11 starts, 8-0-1, and is now in the Hall of Fame. A.P. Indy is by Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew and out of MGSW Weekend Surprise, who earned $402,000 in 31 starts. Bernardini is out of MGSW Cara Rafaela, who earned $884,000 in 24 starts and was second in the ’95 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She is by MGSW Quiet American, who earned $754,000 and out of a Hall of Fame Spectacular Bid mare. Flag’s dam is by MGSP Mr. Prospector, who is by champion Raise a Native and out of MSW Gold Digger. Flag’s grandam is by leading sire Nureyev.
Flag on the Play came to us through NYTHA’s Take The Lead Program and we greatly appreciate their support.