Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who turned 59-years-old today,
professed himself satisfied after Ron the
Greek and Flat Out worked this morning in preparation for
Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney.
Going out on the Oklahoma
training track after the first renovation break, Flat Out covered five furlongs
in 1:02.33 under Neil Poznansky, while Ron the Greek breezed four furlongs in
49.02 with Rodolphe Brisset aboard.
“Ron the Greek had some company early; actually, he had some
company with some other horses that weren’t ours,” said Mott of the
5-year-old son of Full Mandate, who this year has won the Grade 1 Stephen
Foster and Grade 1 Santa Anita handicaps. “There were so many horses
working, he kind of got caught up, but it worked out all right. Everyone was
trying to get the track at its best.”
Mott has an additional Whitney candidate in Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap
winner To Honor and Serve, but
remained noncommittal about whether he would enter the colt.
“I’ll never tell,” he said.