Purdy Boy Flash, the 2002 grandson of High Brow Cat owned by Jack Waggoner, was euthanized at Weatherford Equine on February 20, 2014 after a long battle with laminitis. “Flash” had a short but successful career, which included open championships at Memphis and Las Vegas, and winnings totaling $83,171 in less than 3 months of showing by Hall of Fame Trainer Tag Rice. He foundered severely the night after winning the Winter South Coast Derby in 2006. After receiving very good care by veterinarians in Las Vegas, he was flown by a FedEx plane back to Texas to be treated at Weatherford Equine Medical Center. He was able to return home later that year and started breeding mares the next spring at Jack’s ranch. After several years of breeding at home, he suffered a recurrence of laminitis, and returned to Weatherford Equine, where he would live out the rest of his life.
“Flash” had an indomitable spirit and an unbelievable attitude. He was a fixture at WEMC, and many tears were shed when it was time to say goodbye. He touched the lives of many people and will be missed by everyone that knew him. Jack had the foresight to freeze semen from Flash, and breedings are still available to selected mares.