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Flat Out Wins His Second Jockey Club Gold Cup

Flat Out beats Stay Thirsty in 2012 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Flat Out rallied from as far back as sixth place early to win the 2012 Jockey Club Gold Cup in thrilling fashion over Stay Thirsty. His last victory was in the 2011 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
 
Flat Out joined an elite group of horses to win consecutive Gold Cups: Curlin, Crème Fraiche, Slew O’ Gold, Shuvee, Kelso, and Nashua.
 
Jockey Joel Rosario guided Flat Out to the outside as they entered the clubhouse turn and got up by a head to beat the very determined Stay Thirsty.  Flat Out was sent off as the third betting choice, paying $9.30 to win.  The win gave Bill Mott his second grade one victory on Super Saturday.  Earlier in the day he took the Beldame when Royal Delta romped to a nine and a half length victory.
 
This race was the third start for Flat Out under the care of Mott.  He had run a good race to finish third in the Whitney and followed that with a bullet work on the Oklahoma training track in Saratoga.  Mott agreed, “He ran a huge race last time. He is a relatively fresh horse. He had a little break in the late spring and he was up for it today.”
 
After a quarter mile Flat Out was eight lengths behind the pacesetter, Stay Thirsty. Mott described the race, “He was picking up horses and he was doing it under a hold and that’s always a good thing and he hadn’t asked him to run. That other horse (Stay Thirsty) fought on pretty well.  Todd (Pletcher) he had him ready today, but we just had ours a little more ready today and it wasn’t by much. That horse that finished second ran his butt off.”
 
When asked if Flat Out would head to the Breeders’ Cup, Mott joked, “That’s been the plan.”
 
Mott has a chance to win his second Breeders' Cup Classic in a row.  Last year Drosselmeyer won the Classic without a winning prep race. Flat Out’s win in the Gold Cup reminded him of 1995. “Cigar was able to win this race and go onto to win the Breeders’ Cup”. 

 

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In and OUters usually surprise only on the tracks here they excel. Many a New York based animal did the same thing.
I did like the rider change and he looked great before the race. I used him as my saver but screwed it up as I played exactas with him on top because I felt I needed more than 7/2 with him but I didn't have ST, I was a bit concerned betting Fort Larned as he had never gone that far before and even 1/16 mile makes a difference. He never passed ST so maybe it just wasn't his day not the distance. IDK I didn't realize until after looking that those two finished the same way last year. I love Rosie but Rosario is so much stronger and last race before this she let him drift way wide taking RTG with her.It was a fun day, looking forward to the BC now. Brian do you happen to know what the pick four would have paid if your ticket hit with the #1, or #5? Just curious.
Right on zatt.
Most impressive win of the weekend...IMO
Sorry, I forgot Skip Away in my list of back to back JCGC winners!
UPDATE: Flat Out got a 109 BSF.
Great race! Rosario did a great job of not letting him drop too far out of it early ... that was the key.

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