10/15/2012 4:12PM

Belmont: Flat Out works in new shoes

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Tom Keyser
Flat Out, with Joel Rosario riding, wins the Jockey Club Gold Cup for the second year in a row.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Equipped with a new set of bar shoes to help deal with his chronic foot issues, two-time Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Flat Out breezed a half-mile in 48.88 seconds Monday morning at Belmont Park as he works toward a start in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita.

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Coming out on a near-empty training track shortly before 10 a.m., Flat Out, under exercise rider Steve Schmez, went his first quarter in 25.28 seconds and came home in 23.60 seconds without much urging. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.38.

“That’s a typical work for him,” trainer Bill Mott said. “He did most of it pretty well within himself, I would say.”

Mott had planned to breeze Flat Out over the weekend, but had some concerns with the horse’s feet, which have troubled him throughout his career. Mott had a blacksmith put on what are known as Z-bar shoes, because they are shaped like a Z to help alleviate pressure on the bottom of a horse’s foot.

On Sunday, Mott said that Flat Out has a tendency to bruise the bulbs of his heels on his front feet.

“It’s no secret his feet have been an issue,” Mott said. “I just want to offer him a little protection before he works.”

After Monday’s work, Mott said, “The feet look good.”

Mott plans to work Flat Out and his other Breeders’ Cup Classic horses, Ron the Greek and To Honor and Serve, as well as Ladies’ Classic starter Royal Delta twice more at Belmont before shipping them to Santa Anita on Oct. 29.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
if the breeders cup wants to get the top horses around the world they need to ensure a fair playing field,serious drug testing and survaillance,no race day lasix.otherwise its just another gri race of questionable quality.lets face it other than game on dude (who in my opinion in the past would be nothing more than a usefull gr2 horse,can you imagine him taking on the likes of alysheba,cigar,shipon,tiznow)theres no one else i mean ron the greek ,flat out ,atigun gr3 horses if not for the total lack of quality at the older handicap division.and people post crap about horses like frankel and ofevre they could probably run on the wrong surface backwards and still beat this bunch.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Hey Billy... Hope you found the answer.
russell More than 1 year ago
I loved "Dude" at 14/1 last year. Not liking him very much at 5/2 which he will probably be. Dude is a nice horse but far from dominant. bet against him
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
5/2? That would be the overlay of the year. He will be more like even money against these horses. They are running on his home track and Baffert horses get overbet anyways. Even money would be a good price on him.
russell More than 1 year ago
I always like the off the plane angle. I agree To Honor and Serve is a steal at 10/1 which he might be. He is certainly good enough to win but the distance is a huge question mark. At 10/1 i will take it and the JCC was ABSOLUTELY a prep race. Mott said he might train the horse up to the BC Classic.
Rene More than 1 year ago
so bill mott has 3 for the Classic....he can have 5 and still NOT BEAT GAME ON DUDE !!! and how about the EUROPEANS if any.......flying a few days before the CLASSIC to SANTA ANITA is NOT the best way to prepare for a $ 5M race....I,m not a trainer but if it was me....i will be in SANTA ANITA at least 1 month before......
Ian Phillips More than 1 year ago
mr mott used 1 million gold cup as a prep for 5 million breeders cup. never really ran in gold cup because it was planned that way. gold cup is one turn and to honor and serve loves two turn. i will take 10-1 on this horse any day in a grade 1. value ,value, value, enough said.
matt More than 1 year ago
He didn't run in the Gold Cup. Get your facts correct
Perl More than 1 year ago
game on dude will look To honor and serve in the eyeball and thas will wilt like a Churchill downs rose on the second Saturday in may.
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
LOL....agree. the Dude is 10 times the racehorse THAS is. THAS would be much better off running in the BC Dirt Mile.
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
I think THAS ran in another race on Gold Cup Day. Maybe the Kelso? I am pretty sure Mott won the Gold Cup but it wasn't with THAS.
Ian Phillips More than 1 year ago
the shocker will be to honor and serve going two turns at santa anita, and upsetting the field.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
no, the *Shocker* will be To Honor And Serve going two turns at Santa Anita, and Finshing Up The Track and you standing there like a FISH out of water holding a bunch of Losing Tickets in your hand. VQ
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
THIS is my BCC horse. Mr. Mott you are, as always, a class act. Good luck to you this year.