12/20/2011 3:29PM

Gulfstream: Flat Out continues preparations for Donn Handicap

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Tom Keyser
Flat Out is training in south Florida for his 2012 debut in the Donn Handicap.

Flat Out turned in his first work since shipping locally earlier this month, breezing an easy half-mile in 46.79 seconds for Scooter Dickey on Tuesday at Gulfstream Park. Flat Out went his opening quarter in 23.13, then finished up in 23.66 despite enduring a very strong head wind coming down the stretch. He galloped out five-eighths in 1:00.41. Flat Out is expected to make his local bow in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 11.

Other workers of note here Tuesday included Boys At Tosconova and Will's Wildcat. Boys At Tosconova, who will be the odds-on favorite to defeat allowance company on Friday, blew out a very easy half-mile in 52.96. Will’s Wildcat, who set the pace before tiring to finish eighth in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap, went an easy half-mile in 49.73 for trainer James Baker.

Brief working vacation for Curatolo

Ryan Curatolo, among the leading contenders for an Eclipse Award as the nation’s top apprentice in 2011, will accept mounts here on Friday and Saturday while vacationing with his parents in south Florida for Christmas. Curatolo, who began his career last winter at Gulfstream, is named aboard Nacho Friend for trainer Kelly Breen in Friday’s featured third race.

Curatolo will remain based in New York this winter, according to his agent, Bob Klesaris.

Trickmeister earns 96 Beyer in Harlan’s Holiday

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. reports that Trickmeister came out of his easy and very impressive triumph in last Saturday’s Harlan’s Holiday Stakes in good order. Trickmeister earned a 96 Beyer Speed Figure for his fifth win in as many starts.

“He looks good and may have come back a little tired, which I would have hoped and expected after the long layoff,” said Dutrow, referring to the fact Trickmeister had not started in nearly 16 months prior to the Harlan’s Holiday. “I couldn’t have hoped for anything more from him on Saturday. We’ve been waiting so long to watch him run again and to see him perform like that was all good. I saw exactly what I wanted and heard exactly what I wanted to hear coming out of the race. Right now we’re looking ahead to pointing him for the Donn.”

◗ Javier Castellano, with a lot of help from trainer Todd Pletcher, has also opened a commanding lead of his own in the jockey standings, having ridden 18 winners over the first 10 programs in December. He was 11 ahead of his next closest rival, Julien Leparoux, entering Thursday’s card.