Art Preston

This Slideshow is a companion to the 'Art In Motion' feature in the September 28 issue of The Blood-Horse, providing a look at the career of owner Art Preston.

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This Slideshow is a companion to the 'Art In Motion' feature in the September 28 issue of The Blood-Horse, providing a look at the career of owner Art Preston, as his Flat Out attempts to win his third Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 28, 2013.

"I'm a bottom feeder; I don't pay much for my horses, and everybody knows that."
--Art Preston

 

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Jack, J.R. and Art Preston at Belmont Park.

The brothers made their fortune in oil. They sold their oil company, Preston Oil in 1980, and turned to horses.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The brothers purchased Groovy near the end of his career. Among the races he won for the brothers was the 1986 Forego.

Photo: NYRA/Bob Coglianese

The Prestons also raced Good Command, who set a track record of 1:46 4/5 for 1 1/8 miles while winning Keeneland's Fayette Handicap.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The Prestons tasted Breeders' Cup success with Da Hoss, who won the Breeders' Cup Mile in 1996, and

Photo: Skip Dickstein

1998.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

With the Breeders' Cup Mile trophy.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Victory Gallop took the brothers on the Triple Crown trail in 1998, finishing second in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, before winning the Belmont Stakes by a nose over Real Quiet.

Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

The Preston brothers bought Prestonwood Farm in 1986, and sold it to Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt (shown with Art Preston), who developed it into WinStar Farm.

Grade I winner Ermine earned $880,134 for Preston, and was sold for $1.3 million at the Keeneland Association November 2008 Breeding Stock Sale.

Photo: Coady Photography

Flashy American, who was purchased for $5,000 as a weanling, has now earned $392,129.

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Photo: Kevin Thompson

Flat Out is the current big horse for Art Preston. He won the 2011 Jockey Club by 2 1/4 lengths.

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Photo: Coglianese Photos

Art Preston leading Flat Out to the Winner's Circle after the 2011 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

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Photo: Coglianese Photos

The 2012 Jockey Club Gold Cup was closer,

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Photo: Coglianese Photos

with Flat Out just getting his head in front of Stay Thirsty.

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Photo: Coglianese Photos

Art Preston and Flat Out tried for their third win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 28, 2013, but had to settle for third.

"You let Flat Out have his track and the right ride, and he's unbeatable,"
--Art Preston

Photo: Skip DIckstein

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