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Breeders' Cup 2017

Flat Out Targets Whitney; Royal Delta Eyes Del 'Cap

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 Mott reported.

 

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 Saratoga. 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 him to.”

 

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 …”

 

 

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