Residence: Hot Springs, Ark.
Biggest Oaklawn win: 2017 Rainbow Stakes
Staton Flurry’s family owns several parking lots around Oaklawn, which fueled his desire a child for another type of ownership one day.
- Flurry purchased his first horse (Let’s Get Fiscal) March 23, 2012, at Oaklawn, a $12,500 claim that occurred shortly before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from nearby Henderson State University. Won his first race Feb. 17, 2013, at Oaklawn with the Brad Cox-trained Full Steam Ahead.
- Owns roughly 11 horses solely or in partnership. Primary conditioners are Cox and Karl Broberg. Prospects for the 2020 Oaklawn meeting include stakes-placed older horse Exclamation Point; Shedaresthedevil, a 2-year-old filly purchased for $280,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale; and Runaway Dream, an unstarted 2-year-old half-sister to the owner’s multiple stakes-winning grass runner Mr. Misunderstood. Previously based in Southern California with trainer Simon Callaghan, Shedaresthedevil finished third in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (G2) Aug. 3 at Del Mar and second as the favorite in the $75,000 Anoakia Stakes Oct. 13 at Santa Anita. Flurry said he owns Shedaresthedevil in partnership with Qatar Racing.
- Won four races in 2019 at Oaklawn and an allowance event in partnership. That allowance winner, Exclamation Point, is a half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire. Exclamation Point also finished second in last year’s inaugural $250,000 Oaklawn Mile. Flurry’s Tiger Bait finished second the $100,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred fillies.
- Powered by Mr. Misunderstood, Flurry’s stable earned a career-high $694,101 in 2017. After switching from dirt to turf, the Cox-trained Mr. Misunderstood has captured nine stakes races, including the Commonwealth Turf (G3) in 2017 at Churchill Downs, Wise Dan (G2) in 2018 at Churchill Downs and the River City Handicap (G3) in 2018 and 2019 at Churchill Downs. Mr. Misunderstood, named after a 2015 album released by country music artist Eric Church, had won 13 of 26 career starts and earned $916,954 through Dec. 1.
- Flurry has also campaigned stakes winners Five O One – named for Hot Springs’ area code – Uncle Brennie, Patchofbadweather, Little Miss Flurry and Imma Bling. Five O One gave Flurry his first Oaklawn stakes victory in the $100,000 Rainbow for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred colts and geldings in 2017.
- Flurry designed his silks, which feature a prominent white snowflake on the front and back and black and white checkered sleeves, the latter representing his love of auto racing.
- Flurry and mother Dorothy manage approximately 100 rental properties around Hot Springs.