Some patient handling by trainer Scooter Dickey and an explosive late kick urged on by jockey Joe Bravo allowed Flatlined to earn the first graded stakes win of his career Jan. 14 in the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale (G2T) at Gulfstream Park.
The Fort Lauderdale Stakes (gr. IIIT) not only drew a full field, but many of the entrants are recognizable names with both turf and dirt experience. It should make for an interesting race, as a field of 12 will do battle.
Flat Out, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) and beaten favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) two weeks ago, has been assigned the high weight of 123 pounds for the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 25.
Flat Out, a two-time graded stakes winner this year, will run in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) his connections said Nov. 16.
Preston Stables' Flat Out, who could be one of the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), zipped a half-mile in an impressive :46 3/5 in the pre-dawn cold at Churchill Downs Oct. 30.
Flat Out's workout at Churchill Downs Sunday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Nov. 5 was "a strong gallop to put air in his lungs," according to trainer Dickey.
Flat Out, who dominated the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) earlier this month, was the first major Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender to arrive at Churchill Downs when he settled into Barn 47 Oct. 11.
Runner-up to a pair of the country's top horses in his last two starts, Flat Out was not to be denied this time, as he returned to his favorite track and won the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Belmont
Preston Stables' Flat Out blew out three furlongs in :37.13 on the main track at Saratoga Sept. 2, the morning before his big start in Saturday's $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).
Tizway and Flat Out, the first two finishers in the Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I), appear headed for a rematch in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park Oct. 1.
The nice thing about Flat Out's win in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 19 is the colt did not look like he was "all out." He blew by the leaders and coasted home to the second victory in his short career.
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