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Belmont Park: Flat Out eyes Whitney or Woodward after win
ELMONT, N.Y. – Flat Out emerged from his 2 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park “good, real good,” according to trainer Bill Mott, who plans to run the 7-year-old at Saratoga next month.
While Mott said he is considering the Grade 1 Whitney on Aug. 3 – Flat Out finished third in last year’s Whitney – he said he also could wait for the Grade 1 Woodward on Aug. 31 if need be.
“I feel no pressure to run in the Whitney,” Mott said Sunday. “If we wake up on entry day and feel we need a little more time, we’d wait for the Woodward.”
Mott did say that Flat Out, who earned a 107 Beyer Speed Figure for his Suburban victory, looks as good to him now as he did at the beginning of the year.
“Looking at him after the race, he’s carrying the same flesh he would have been carrying going into the first race of the season,” Mott said.
Flat Out, a son of Flatter, improved his record to 8 wins from 25 career starts. Five of those wins have come at Belmont Park – two runnings of the Suburban (2011, 2013), the last two runnings of the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, and this year’s Grade 3 Westchester. His only loss at Belmont came in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day, when he finished a troubled third.
Should Flat Out run in the Whitney, the field will look similar to last year, as defending Whitney winner Fort Larned is targeting that race, as is Ron the Greek, a stablemate of Flat Out who finished fourth in the Whitney.
On Sunday, Ron the Greek worked four furlongs in 49.80 seconds over the Belmont training track. Mott said Ron the Greek lost a hind shoe in the work but appeared to be OK.
Cross Traffic, a tough-luck loser in the Westchester and Met Mile, also is targeting the Whitney. On Sunday, he worked four furlongs in 49.98 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.
Also working at Saratoga on Sunday was Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, who went five furlongs in 1:00.97. He is targeting the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 27.
HERE we go again greening,you state ron the greek was fourth in last years running of the whitney,THAT IS INCORRECT!HYMN BOOK WAS ACTUALLY THE CORRECT ANSWER.Ron the greek was second beaten a length and a quarter by fort larned.Can you please come correct or dont come at all
i think flat out being a 7 year old , this will more than likely be his last realistic shot at the BC classic. he has shown that rest does him good.last year between the whitney and the gold cup,mott gave him 2 months rest. he rewarded him with a lights out performance and a personal best speed figure. since he has banked so much to date, i would seriously think that winning multiple purses is their inspiration. if i owned the horse,i would give him the 2 months rest and come back in the woodward. after that i would bypass the gold cup and go straight to the breeders cup. if the old vet still has 1 or 2 salvos to fire, let him do it with a full gas tank.
Respectable fractions and a surprising style from Flat Out pressing the early pace right out of the gate. Maybe the small field forced him to be closer or maybe he was keen for a good run and was just rearing to go. Either way, I come away fairly impressed with the performance. The problem with him is that he seems to be unable to do it on the road. On paper he looks like he could be a player in the BCC, but I will be looking elsewhere for my winner.
Racing is in a bad place right now. These 5 horse fields in major stakes races are boring.
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