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Flat Out Settles in at CD; Dickey Says He's 'Doing Good'


Flat Out is the first major Breeders’ Cup Classic contender to arrive at Churchill Downs from out of town. He he settled into Barn 47 last nigh following a flight from New York.
“He shipped well and he’s doing good,” said 70-year-old trainer Scooter Dickey, who trains the 5-year-old horse for Art Preston. Flat Out is a millionaire who blossomed this Summer and Fall. He dominated rivals in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup earlier this month.
Among those expected to oppose Flat Out are 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo; the filly who beat the boys in the Grade I Woodward Stakes, Havre de Grace; and Grade I Metropolitan and Whitney Handicap hero Tizway.
Flat Out, a Florida-bred bay son of Flatter, put together a string of four impressive performances this summer in New York that concluded with a 2 1/4-length victory in the mud over Drosselmeyer in Belmont Park’s $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 1. It was a “Win and You’re In” race in which the Breeders’ Cup will pay entry fees to start and provide a $10,000 travel allowance. Flat Out’s summer campaign also included a win in the Grade II Suburban Handicap and runner-up efforts in the Whitney and Woodward.
“It’s been a great summer and he really ran well,” said Dickey. “He’s the kind you want and the kind you hope to get.” Dickey got the first grade I win of his career with Flat Out.
Prior to his four starts in New York, Flat Out finished sixth behind Pool Play in Churchill Downs’ Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi. Pool Play has since been sidelined. The Stephen Foster is the only time Flat Out has finished off the board in his 2011 campaign. However, Dickey said he doesn't believe it was because he didn’t handle the surface at the Louisville track.
“He’s always worked well here and he didn’t run a bad race in the Stephen Foster,” Dickey said. “The horses that finished well were all coming down the middle of the track and he was on the rail. I just don’t think the rail was the place to be that day, and if he were further outside he would have kept coming.”

Flat Out will return to the Churchill Downs track for the first time since June on Thursday and is expected to have a workout this weekend.
“He’ll go to the track tomorrow and gallop a mile and a half,” Dickey said. “I’ll work him sometime this weekend, but I’m not sure which day. It could be as early as Friday or as late as Monday. I want to wait and see how the weather is and make sure he is settled in completely before I breeze him. We’ll see how it goes, but I’ll probably give him one more solid work after that and then something really easy the week before (the Classic).”

--Edited Churchill Downs release

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