02/11/2013 3:24PM

Gulfstream Park: Flat Out puzzles Mott

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Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Bill Mott said he would "probably try to avoid" running Flat Out over the Gulfstream surface again.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Bill Mott was still scratching his head a bit Sunday trying to figure out Flat Out's disappointing fourth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in the Donn Handicap. Flat Out was never a serious factor, finishing more than eight lengths behind Graydar in his first start since the Breeders' Cup Classic.

"He came back good, licked his plate clean last night, jogged fine," Mott said. "He didn't run well over this track last year either. Does the track make that much difference, I don't know. But the one thing I'll probably try to avoid would be running him over this track again."

Mott also said it's unlikely Cigar Street, an impressive allowance winner here earlier in the meet, would come back in the Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 9.

"We've given him some time off after his first start and nominated him for a couple of stakes around," Mott said. "As for the Gulfstream Park Handicap, I liked that race a lot better when it was a mile and one-quarter instead of a mile."

Mark More than 1 year ago
Cigar Street is sitting on a HUGE year.
HorseRacingNJ More than 1 year ago
My guess is he goes to Oaklawn or Fairgrounds next. He doesn't seem to like GP, and he already has wins at both of those tracks, I believe. Decent purses, confidence booster before the NYRA season picks up in the spring. He'll still win a big race or two this year.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Don't dare count this Guy out!!!...Period...ty...
Mike Barker More than 1 year ago
THE HORSE ONLY RUNS WELL IN NEW YORK! IT DOESNT TAKE A GENIOUS TO FIGURE THIS OUT.. IT REMINDS ME OF A HORSE WHO ONLY WON AT CHURCHILL AND TANKED EVERYWHERE ELSE....DONTGETMAD
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with you Mike. Somehow he only runs well in NY. What is it about the NY tracks? When he returns to NY I am sure he will run much better. Let see how much competition he will face when he returns to NY.
Pat More than 1 year ago
Try him on turf over there..
redboy More than 1 year ago
He is still a very dangerous horse and one that needs to be respected,but he is 7 ,maybe those legs are getting a little weary, he has seen more than his fare share of races. He finished behind three Grade 1 type 4yo's!
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Better than he showed on Saturday but blaming the surface might be a bit of a cop out. No doubt the track has been playing to speed the whole meet but everybody including the riders know that so if you're going to let the speed go, ya better have a back up plan for catching it. Obviously nobody did in the Donn. spoils to the winner, congrats Eddie, never too old my man.
Alex More than 1 year ago
He is a Belmont specialist. Aim for the Suburban and a third straight Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
it's a speed track. period.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Pure Speed...Slim Shadey would love it!!!...ty...