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FLIP FLOP SUMMER GIVING CONNECTIONS A SUNNY OUTLOOK
Such was the case when Tina Seekman, wife of trainer Joe Seekman, ventured to Ohio and returned home to the family farm in Michigan with the broodmare Gails A Crombie in tow. Out of an Abercrombie mare, Gails A Crombie was in foal to Jenna’s Beach Boy, which was about the only thing that interested the veteran conditioner as his wife showed him their newest acquisition.
“Tina went to Ohio to look at some horses at a sale and wound up coming back with this broodmare,” explained Seekman. “She knows I don’t really like broodmares so after she reads off the mares pedigree I made a wisecrack and told her at least she picked one with the right cross.”
A longtime fan of country singer Kenny Chesney, the resulting foal was named Flip Flop Summer by Tina in honor of the singer’s 2007 tour. She has definitely warmed the hearts of her connections posting four wins, one second and one third through her first nine career starts while earning over $130,000.
While training down Flip Flop Summer did nothing to distinguish herself from the others Seekman had been preparing for their debuts, but the shrewd judge of young talent was impressed by the way the big filly handled the half-mile training oval at his farm.
“She was just an average horse as she went along, but the one thing that kept catching my eye was how handy she was for being as big as she is,” said Seekman. “She cruised right around our half-mile training track and that’s why I also have high hopes for her next year because some of those big three-year-old races go on half-mile tracks.”
The filly made her career debut at Balmoral Park in a division of the Hanover Stake on July 18, finishing second behind the fine Illinois-bred Fox Valley Oracle in a snappy 1:53.4. Her first win would come a week later as she hit the wire in 1:55.4, including a 27.3 final quarter, with Seekman’s son Travis in the bike.
Since then Flip Flop Summer has posted victories in the $197,900 Kentuckiana Stake at Indiana Downs as well as a wins in a division of the Simpson Stake and a late closer at The Red Mile, the latter of which produced her career mark of 1:53.2. Saturday’s American National will be her last “dance” of the season.
“I never like to over-race the babies,” explained Seekman. “She’s had a wonderful season for us and she’s been going strong since July, which is plenty for her. She started her season at Balmoral and she’ll end it there. Plus I believe she’ll fill out even more and hopefully be a very nice three-year-old for us next season.”
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