Seven-year-old Thoroughbred Flat Out, owned by Art Preston of Preston Stables LLC has been retired, according to the official announcement published by Blood Horse on Dec. 7. Blood Horse confirms the buzz that three-time Grade I victor Flat Out is now finished with his racing career. The stallion is going out in style, following his Grade I Cigar Mile victory on Nov. 30.
Flat Out was bred by Nikolas Bock. He is sired by Flatter out of Crest Lil by Cresta Rider. He was bought for a moderate $11,000 as a weanling by Picturesque Farm at the Ocala Breeders Sales in 2006. Then in 2007 Preston bought Flat Out at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale for $85,000 when consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent. Charles "Scooter" Dickey trained Flat Out early on in his racing career.
The Florida-bred stallion completes his racing career with 29 starts, winning nine, placing second five times and placing third five times over a period of five years. He earned a total of $3,645,383.
Flat Out won six graded races that includes the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes at Belmont Park in both 2011 and 2012. He entered into three Breeders’ Cup Classic races winning third in 2012. In 2013 Flat Out won twice – once in the Grade III Westchester Stakes and in the Grade II Suburban Handicap.
Preston, who is very fond of Flat Out, told Blood Horse:
He's one of those horses that had an excellent career with some problematic situations, but he always came back to prove himself. He's been the most interesting horse I've ever owned and the longest campaigner we've had as well. I'd have to rank him number one among the most exciting horses I've raced.
Flat Out’s breeding career is still under discussion at this time. Preston has mostly stayed clear of Thoroughbred breeding but he has plans to support Flat Out in his breeding career. In fact, Preston is planning on breeding some mares to him.
Read writer's Dec. 3 article about Big decisions in the works for Flat Out
Source: Blood Horse
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