10/20/2013 12:00PM

Breeders' Cup Classic: Rosario to ride Flat Out

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Tom Keyser
Flat Out and jockey Joel Rosario win the 2012 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Joel Rosario on Sunday was announced as the rider on Flat Out for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, a development that had been hinted at days earlier.

Ron Anderson, Rosario’s agent, said the jockey was thrilled to get back on the horse. Rosario and Flat Out teamed to finish third behind Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man in last year’s Classic.

“It looks like there’s a lot of speed in this year’s race, and the horse ran well there last year on a day where it was speed biased,” Anderson said from New York. “He was one of the only horses to close ground.”

Junior Alvarado had ridden Flat Out in his last six starts, which included wins in the Westchester and Suburban at Belmont Park. Rosario recently returned to action, and until Sunday, he was without a mount in the Classic. Rosario won the 2012 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Flat Out, who is trained by Bill Mott.

Rosario last rode Flat Out on Feb. 9 in the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, where they finished fourth. Alvarado had been on him since.

Rosario was off from Aug. 23 until Oct. 11 with a broken bone in a foot.

Pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup are due Monday and will be announced Wednesday.

Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
DRF won't give you simple standard information without payment, so I will. At Santa Anita. Game on Dude worked 6f in 1:11 2/5 with Garcia up, Smith rides in the big show. Beholder went 7f in 1:24 2/5 with Stevens. Executivepriviledge went 5f in 1:00 2/5 for a possible start in the filly and mare sprint. At Churchill. Fort Larned went 5f in 1:00 3/5, last quarter in 23 4/5, galloped out in 1:13 1/5, 1:26 3/5, 1:41 1/5 Belmont Training track Palice Malice went 5f in 1:00 flat Graydar 5f in 1:01 3/5 Havanah 4f in 49.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Thak you vey much.
Mark More than 1 year ago
The defending champ is training nicely !!!!!
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
What does WTC have to do to convince everyone that he is the real deal? Since the equipment change this horse has won on 3 different tracks and has beat some pretty damn good horses. This race sets up perfectly where it is loaded with speed.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Nothing here. He is doing evetthing right. Goind in the right girection and has the Coach to boot. And you know how he would love to take this down. And we all know he knows how to get it done. WTC will definately be on ALL of my tickets.
Jock More than 1 year ago
Anonymous, You are 100% correct and I feel that Bill Mott will win at least 2 races in the Breeders' Cup now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Giving back the mount to Rosario can be viewed in numerous ways. Rosario, being a former leading rider at Santa Anita, is one important way of looking at it. He knows the track. He also knows the horse. And he's proven himself in high stakes races. So why not?
Greg More than 1 year ago
DRF PLUS is a joke !!!!!!
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Careful
Greg More than 1 year ago
If Game on Dude draws the 8 hole or in an breaks on top or close to the pace , this race is over. Ron the Greek will be overbet cause of high beyer. out.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
He was close to the pace last year and it was far from over.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
He is a far better horse this year. That happens once in a while.
Perl More than 1 year ago
The Dude is going to get hounded on the front end. He just hasn't faced horses like this all year. He could run great and finish 3rd.
G More than 1 year ago
Flat Out is a good horse but has not won a race away from Belmont since 2010. He also looks to have lost a step or two. Should be a great race though. I would bet Ron The Greek if I thought he would run a good race. He will probably be worth a play just in case he puts two good races together, espeially since you should get a nice price. Mucho Macho Man looks like he is sitting on go.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
He has not one outside of Belmont, but he has some good races, finish third last year,I like him better then Ron the Greek who is coming off a hall of fame caliber performance in Gold Cup. Rosario can improve a horse of this caliber, a couple lengths. May not be enough to win? But definitely contender.
Perl More than 1 year ago
flat out is a toss out West bro. No chance to win or be in the exacta, IMO, but he could finish 3rd or 4th if he runs his peak effort.
M More than 1 year ago
great move. money rider for a money race. why settle for a second tier rider when you can have joel up.
russell More than 1 year ago
If this race was at Belmont I would definetely give him a look. There's no doubt he gets the distance. But shipping 3,000 miles to race on poly is a huge question mark. It's tough to teach an old horse new tricks.
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
Santa Anita is dirt
M More than 1 year ago
SA is now dirt my friend. no more poly at SA.
Allen Jean More than 1 year ago
Please correct me if mistaken but I believe Santa Anita Surface is not Poly, but rather Dirt!
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
What a coincidence , Diana, M, and Allen all posted at the exact same moment.