Biggest Oaklawn win: 2020 Honeybee Stakes (G3) with Shedaresthedevil
Staton Flurry’s family owns several parking lots around Oaklawn, which fueled his desire a child for another type of ownership one day.
Campaigned one of the top fillies of 2020 with Shedaresthedevil in partnership with Qatar Racing Limited and Big Aut Farms. After a victory in the Honeybee (G3), she turned in a third place performance to eventual Preakness winner Swiss Skydiver in the Fantasy (G3). She returned to her winning ways in the Indiana Oaks (G3) before scoring the upset in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at 37-1 and closed out the year running third in the Spinster Stakes (G1) at Keeneland. Her first major 2021 goal is the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 17.
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.
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.