Recently retired three-time grade I winner Flat Out will enter stud for 2014 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington.
An earner of $3,645,383 on the track, Flat Out retired on a high note after impressively winning the $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 30 at Aqueduct. The 7-year-old son of Flatter —Cresta Lil, by Cresta Rider will participate in Spendthrift's Share The Upside program and stand for a fee of $10,000.
"Flat Out has proven himself to be among the elite racehorses we've seen over the course of the last three years," said Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey in a statement. "His brilliant win recently over five grade I winners in the Cigar Mile is a fitting way for him to close out his tremendous racing career, and it showed he was top class among the best milers and best classic horses around.
"Physically, he's an awesome individual who's very well-balanced, handsome, and correct, and his A.P. Indy sire line is obviously the preeminent sire line in North America today. We believe breeders are going to like him, and we invite everyone to come out to the farm to see him."
Flat Out was one of the top handicap horses in North America from 2011 to present, winning six graded stakes, including the prestigious $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) twice, and defeating 14 grade I winners in his victories along the way. Flat Out also earned more than a million dollars in each of the past three years.