Preston Stables’ Flat Out, who added a second Grade 2 Suburban Handicap
victory to his resume on Saturday,
returned from the race in fine fettle and will likely return to
Saratoga Race Course on Monday or Tuesday, Hall of Fame trainer Bill
Flat Out, who took the 2011 Suburban to earn his first graded stakes win, now has won five of six starts at
Belmont. His next likely start is the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap on August 3 at
In three appearances at the Spa, Flat Out finished second in the 2011
Whitney, second in the 2011 Woodward and third in the 2012 Whitney.
In Saturday’s Suburban, the 7-year-old Flat Out was closer to the pace than usual, but pulled away to an easy 2 ½-length win.
“He broke a little better than I even imagined him to,” said
Mott. “And then [jockey Junior Alvarado] eased him off the other horse
and he came again when he wanted
Earlier Sunday, the trainer sent 2012’s champion older female
Royal Delta out for a
bullet five-furlong work in 58.90, the fastest of 15 at the distance on
the main track. The 5-year-old mare, second in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis
on June 15 at Churchill Downs, is slated to make
her next start in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap on July 20.
“She was super,” said Mott. “She really worked really, really
well. Couldn’t be better. [But] she trained good going in her last race
as well, and got beat, so …”