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Flat Out Bidding For Three Straight Gold Cups
Veteran US galloper Flat Out (Flatter-Cresta Lil, by Cresta Rider) will bid for an unprecedented three consecutive US$1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup victories since the distance was changed to 10 furlongs, reports bloodhorse.com. Trained by Hall Of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Flat Out has proven his affinity for Belmont Park, winning five of his six career starts at the track. Flat Out keeps some rather esteemed company with his two Gold Cup successes, with Mad Hatter (1921-22), Dark Secret (1933-34), Nashua (1955-56), Shuvee (1970-71), Slew o'Gold (1983-84), Crème Fraiche (1986-87), Skip Away (1996-97) and Curlin (2007-08) boasting twin victories in the Gr1 feature. "I think it's great a horse that can participate in it three times in a row," said Mott. "It's a testament to the horse's durability and class. He seems to handle the track well, which definitely is part of it. I also think there probably are a lot of factors that go into it, including that he comes into form at that time of year." However, Flat Out will not have an easy time of it with gun 3YOs Orb (Kentucky Derby winner) & Palace Malice (Belmont Stakes) posing obvious hurdles.