07/06/2013 5:17PM

Belmont Park: Flat Out pulls away to Suburban victory

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Barbara D. Livingston
Flat Out, with Junior Alvarado up, wins the Suburban for the second time in three years.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Even though his horse was the 7-5 second choice in the race, trainer Chad Brown knew the only real chance his Last Gunfighter had to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Suburban was if the multiple Grade 1 winner Flat Out was off his game.Looking at Flat Out in the Belmont Park paddock before the race, Brown didn’t see anything amiss with the favorite.

“Running against a horse of his quality, as a trainer, I’m observing him to see if there were any chinks in the armor,” Brown said. “Bill [Mott] had him dead on today. The horse looked great, he acted good in the paddock, and he ran his ‘A’ race.”

As he always does at Belmont, Flat Out did run his ‘A’ race, sitting a closer-than-usual second early on under Junior Alvarado before pulling away from the field in the stretch to win the Grade 2, $350,000 Suburban Handicap by 2 1/2 lengths at sweaty Belmont Park. Last Gunfighter, who had won his last six races, got up by a nose for second over Fast Falcon. Alpha and the pacesetting Percussion completed the order of finish.

It was the second Suburban victory in three years for Flat Out, who won this race in 2011 when he was trained by Scooter Dickey. Overall, Flat Out is 5 for 6 at Belmont, all graded stakes victories. The $210,000 first-place purse he earned Saturday pushed Flat Out’s career earnings to $2,945,383 for Preston Stables.

Flat Out became the third 7-year-old to win the Suburban - run for the 127th time Saturday - joining Winter’s Tale (1983) and Key Contender (1995). Mad Hatter was 8 when he won the Suburban in 1924.

Coming off a victory in the Grade 3 Westchester and a third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap - both one-mile races with sharp early fractions - Flat Out was sharp attending the early pace established by Percussion. Flat Out was within 1 1/2 lengths of Percussion through a half-mile in 47.22 seconds.

“He’d been laying a little close in races that were faster - 44, 45 - I knew if they slowed down I’d be either on the lead or laying where I was,” Alvarado said.

Flat Out took a short lead leaving the quarter pole and when Alvarado shook him up straightening for home, Flat Out pulled away decisively.

Flat Out, a son of Flatter, covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.87 and returned $4 as the even-money favorite.

“This was obviously an easier race than the last two,” Mott said. “He ran hard today, but he ran real hard to win the [Westchester] and he got jostled around in the Met Mile and it may have cost him something. Nice to see him bounce back.”

Mott said that if Flat Out comes out of the Suburban in good shape he could return on Aug. 3 at Saratoga in the Grade 1 Whitney, a race in which he finished third to Fort Larned last year.

 

Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
80 plus comments on Game on Dudes win ove 4 overmatched horses in Cal. Only 13 plus comments here about Flat out doing the exact same thing at His home track. Why didn't Flat Out ship? Why do his connections choose such easy spots. See, sounds pretty silly doesn,t it?
Marc Estrich More than 1 year ago
He really is amazing at Belmont. The configuration just plays into his big striding gallop. The turn(s) is not as tight although he is totally professional in changing leads. Came home the last 1/8 in under 12. His best race at Santa Anita in 4 months could be right in the mix in the Classic.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Will be lucky to complete the superfecta in the BCC pally.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Another impressive win by Flat Out at Belmont and in race horse time, he's as game as they come and consistant. Good to see a horse race beyond 5yrs old and still be very competive in graded stakes. The Iron Horse of Horse Racing "FLAT OUT"
Paul F More than 1 year ago
hes nearing the end hope they run him a few more and turn him out.....made a lot of money for his owners...
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
This horse runs well only in NY. Hope his off springs will be able to perform well outside of NY.
richard cowles More than 1 year ago
Congrats to junior alvarado and flat out.Your now in company with the late key contender.See you in saralotto!
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Classic contender with a 1:46 mile and a !/8
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic is in Santa Anita....he might be up there but he won't win
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
why is that,because he will befacing the big bad wolf. game on dude.
Perl More than 1 year ago
He hasn't won a race outside Belmont in a billion years. He's the easiest toss from the one hole every single time he starts at a non Belmont track. Just look at his pps.
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
I agree. Not sure why. This horse has lots of ability and pedigree.
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
Perl; On second thought Flat Out may be a democrat! He can run anywhere but he can only win in NY, lol
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Good job to the connections, and especially FLAT OUT.
jay More than 1 year ago
Flat Out...The quintessential horse for a course.