Oh those eyes! 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. If he could go out on some trails with other seasoned horses, I think he would really enjoy life in the great wide open better than ring work. He does enjoy being out of his stall more than in and he is the one who tries to get the rest of the herd to play with him. Flag engages with people better if he is allowed time to burn off some steam first in turn out; in his one video, he was intrigued by a barrel in the indoor, so trail classes might be right up his alley. He will be limited to flat work and trail riding for an intermediate level rider and he 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.
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