09/16/2011 4:14PM

Belmont Park: Dickey looking forward to running Flat Out in Jockey Club Gold Cup

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Barbara D. Livingston
Flat Out is being pointed to the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Though Flat Out ran two respectable races at Saratoga when second in the Whitney and Woodward this summer, trainer Scooter Dickey is really looking forward to getting his 5-year-old horse back to Belmont Park for next month’s Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational.

Simply stated, Belmont Park is where Flat Out ran the best race of his career, wining the Grade 2 Suburban Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths in July.

“I’m looking forward to it, I really am,” Dickey said Friday by phone from Monmouth. “That’s the track he won on; I hope it continues to be that way. I don’t think the mile and a quarter will bother him.”

Dickey’s anticipation for the Gold Cup heightened even more Friday morning after he watched Flat Out work five furlongs in 58.60 seconds over Monmouth’s main track. According to Dickey, Flat Out finished the last three furlongs of his move in “33 and change” under exercise rider Rafael Holgvin.

“The rider was just along for the ride,” Dickey said. “He never pulled the reins on him, he just kept him together. [Flat Out] did it all on his own.”

Dickey said he is not sure if would have Flat Out put in another significant workout before the Gold Cup or if he would just let him have a strong gallop, known as a two-minute lick, next week. He does plan on shipping Flat Out to Belmont three days before the Gold Cup and have regular rider Alex Solis guide Flat Out through a three-furlong or quarter-mile blow-out through the lane as he did prior to his last three starts.

As of Friday, others pointing to the Gold Cup included Whitney and Met Mile winner Tizway as well as Jim Dandy and Travers winner Stay Thirsty.

Stay Thirsty, as well as his champion stablemate Uncle Mo, arrived at Belmont Park from Saratoga earlier this week. Both are expected to breeze here Sunday.

Ward ships stakes horses to Keeneland

Trainer Wesley Ward has sent a trio of his stakes-winning horses – Flashpoint, Judy the Beauty, and Gypsy Robin – from Aqueduct to Keeneland, where they will make their next starts over the Polytrack.

Flashpoint, winner of the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth in July before finishing fifth in the King’s Bishop at Saratoga, will point to the Grade 3, $175,000 Phoenix Stakes on Oct. 7. Flashpoint also had been under consideration for next Saturday’s $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx Racing.

“He had some fast breezes in the spring where he showed an affinity for the Keeneland surface,” said Ward, referring to four workouts Flashpoint had before the Preakness. “The Phoenix is a Win and You’re In, and if he wins, the race [the BC Sprint] will be what we target.”

Judy the Beauty and Gypsy Robin – both 2-year-old fillies – each won their debuts at Keeneland in April. Judy the Beauty, who suffered her first career defeat when second in the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga, will point to the Darley Alcibiades on Oct. 7, while Gypsy Robin, winner of the Sorority at Monmouth in her last start, will take on the boys in the Keeneland $75,000 Anniversary Stakes as a possible prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint against males.

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint is a race being run for the first time this year.

One horse who won’t be heading to Keeneland is Pleasant Prince, who won Thursday’s Pot O’ Luck Stakes over Rail Trip here by 4 1/2 lengths. Ward said he may point Pleasant Prince to the Grade 2, $400,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Oct. 8 as a possible prep for the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.

Pleasant Prince gave Ward his 999th career victory and came just three minutes after Forever Noble got beat a nose in a race at Calder.

Another sharp Chatterpaul claim

Naipual Chatterpaul turned another claimer into a stakes winner.

Chatterpaul won Friday’s $60,000 Summing Stakes with Top Surprize, a horse he claimed less than a week ago for $50,000. Chatterpaul is the same trainer who won the Grade 1 Manhattan with Mission Approved, a horse he claimed last year for $35,000.

Unlike Mission Approved, who does his best running on the front end, Top Surprize rallied from last under Javier Castellano to win the Summing by 3 1/4 lengths over Adirondack Summer. It was a length to Wilkinson in third.

Top Surprize, a 3-year-old son of Pure Prize, ran the mile in 1:35.84 over a firm Widener turf course. He returned $18 to win.

Lopez old and young set to join colony

C.C. Lopez, a 51-year-old journeyman with 4,007 career victories, and his 21-year-old son David, a 10-pound apprentice with one win, are looking to become fixtures in the New York riding colony.

The elder Lopez, who usually splits time between New York and New Jersey, recently bought a house on Long Island as he tries to become more of a New York fixture.

“I’m looking to stay permanently,” Lopez said, noting the uncertain future of New Jersey racing. “Anybody looking for a speed rider, please solicit C.C. Lopez.”

For the next two months, Lopez plans to ride weekdays in New York and weekends at Monmouth.

Meanwhile, David Lopez, who has one win from 13 career mounts, is trying to drum up business in advance of the upcoming Aqueduct season.

C.C. Lopez is represented by Jimmy Riccio Jr., while David Lopez is represented by Jose Henriquez.

◗ Ashley Yodice, a seven-pound apprentice who has 15 career winners, will ride full time in New York. She is represented by Kevin Cox.