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Flat Out Throws Bullet at Churchill


Reed Baker/Churchill Downs

Flat Out zipped through a bullet five-furlong work over his home track in Louisville today.
Flat Out went five furlongs under Greta Kuntzweiler in :59.80 (1/46).
Trained by veteran Charles “Scooter” Dickey, Flat Out completed the work in fractional times of :12.00, :24.00, :35.80 and :47.60.  He galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.80 and seven-eighths in 1:28.80. Greta Kuntzweiler handled the move under the 5-year-old son of Flatter.
“We broke him off at five-eighths and he finished real strong up the stretch,” Dickey said.  “He cooled out good and he’s doing great right now.  I hope we can keep him going.”
Plagued by quarter cracks through most of his career, Flat Out has overcome those foot woes this year in what is easily his most successful campaign.  He has run six times with a record of 2-3-0 and earnings of $992,613.  His career mark stands at 5-3-0 in 12 races with earnings of $1,109,713.
Along with victories in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade II Suburban at Belmont Park, he ran second to the 4-year-old filly Havre de Grace, the current future betting favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, in the Grade I Woodward. He was runner-up to expected Classic competitor Tizway in the Grade I Whitney.  Both the latter races were at Saratoga.
Dickey said he plans two more works for Flat Out prior to the 1 1/4-mile Classic.
“There’ll probably be one more light work, and more kind of serious work,” Dickey said.  “But he’s fit and ready to go.”
If all goes well over the next three weeks, Flat Out will be the first Breeders’ Cup starter for the 70-year-old Dickey, whose training career spans 48 years.
“You can’t imagine how much fun it’s been,” Dickey said.  “It just keeps getting better.  We’ve waited on the horse and he’s rewarding us now and taking good care of us.  He’s just something to be around.”

Art Preston owns Flat Out.
Another possible Breeders’ Cup contender to work on Saturday at Churchill Downs was Grade I winner Court Vision, who went five furlongs in 1:02, breezing, under exercise rider Tammy Fox. Spendthrift Farm’s 6-year-old son of Gulch, now trained by Dale Romans, ran fourth and fifth in the last two renewals of the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

--Edited Churchill Downs release

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