Dickey hopes for Flat Out victory
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY -- Is Flat Out the best runner Charles "Scooter" Dickey has ever trained?"Looks like he's gonna be," the amicable horseman said Friday morning, one day before starting his Suburban Handicap winner in the Grade 1 $750,000 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. "He's just a different horse from most of them."
“Well-settled in Barn 29 after shipping in from Monmouth Park on Tuesday morning, the 5-year-old son of Flatter barely looked up from his feed tub. His dark bay coat was gleaming and his muscles rippled. Compact and broad-chested, he had the look of a Thoroughbred built to accomplish serious business on the racetrack -- and on Saturday, that's what 70-year-old Dickey expects him to do. "I thought he was a good horse, but he didn't get to go ahead and prove it as a 3-year-old," he said. "Now that we've got him where he is, he's showing us his ability." Last time out, Jack Preston's powerful runner romped to a 6 ½-length victory on July 2 in the Grade 2 Suburban going 1 1/8 miles at Belmont Park. It was a redeeming win off a sixth-place finish along the inside at the same distance in the June 18 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs (most winners that day were closing from the outside). The loss only came by 2 ¾ lengths against many of the same horses who will run in the Whitney.
I thought he was a good horse, but he didn't get to go ahead and prove it as a 3-year-old. Now that we've got him where he is, he's showing us his ability.” -- Trainer Scooter Dickey
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