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Gulfstream Park: Flat Out puzzles Mott
By Mike Welsch
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."
Cigar Street is sitting on a HUGE year.
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.
Don't dare count this Guy out!!!...Period...ty...
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
Try him on turf over there..
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!
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.
He is a Belmont specialist. Aim for the Suburban and a third straight Jockey Club Gold Cup.
it's a speed track. period.
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