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We've had other cards, like Dualcaster Mage, but they were more in 'timeless' supplemental products where the color pie hasn't necessarily changed as much.
I don't think red is *excluded* from getting Flash. It's definitely a tertiary ability in red. The thing holding it back from showing up on more cards is that red has relatively few effects that can show up on creatures that really *need* to be instant-speed. Red's instants are primarily A) direct damage, which they tend to be extremely cautious with on creatures, so sorcery speed is sufficient when it does show up, B) artifact destruction, which is fine on creatures at sorcery speed, and C) the occasional combat trick, which we see sometimes in Spiteful Motives-type effects, but haven't seen on creatures since the Time Spiral block.
I'm not sure and Ice Your Lands ability would be sufficient justification for putting flash on a red creature, especially since red's Ice Your Lands tends to just be "doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step" and not "tap it".