Saturday in Santa Anita, Flavien Prat, the longtime top driver in California, went on six wins and didn’t finish second worse in any race of the day. This is the third time in the past year that Prat has won half a dozen races at the Arcadia oval; in the last 30 years, it’s only happened twice altogether. With that in mind, Prat joined the TDN . Writers’ Department Presented by Keeneland Tuesday like Green Team Guest of the Week to discuss his star change since relocating from his native France, what it feels like to ride the Flightline superstar (Tapit), whether he’d consider switching to horseback riding in New York and beyond.
“He was just a wonderful, wonderful animal,” Prat said of HOLD’s captivating escape Runhappy Winner Malibu S. Flightline. “Really athletic, strong, he has everything you want in a track athlete. Looks like he also has good stamina. Nice to ride him. I try to enjoy every moment. You never know what the future might bring him. The sky is the limit. “
When asked if it feels like he’s riding on Flightline faster than the other horses, Prat says it’s actually the opposite, “because it’s like driving a car. When you’re driving a good car and you’re on the freeway at 80 mph, it feels like you’re slowing down, doesn’t it? With good horses, it’s the same because it’s hard work.”
Elsewhere in the show, also sponsored by Coolmore, Hill ‘n’ Dale, Three chimneys, End lane, Purebred West Point, XBTV, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeder and Owner, the Minnesota Thoroughbred Society and Legacy Bloodstock, the writers reacted to the USADA’s failure to reach an agreement to handle drug policy and the enforcement of the Horseracing Safety and Integrity Act, offering an uneasy goodbye to Jorge Navarro and debate where Flightline has combined with the great talent of the past 50 years. Click here to watch podcasts; Click here for the audio-only version or find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.