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Flat Out Works on Turf in Preparation for Upcoming Race
By Ed Gray
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Charles “Scooter” Dickey sent Flat Out to the Gulfstream turf course Sunday morning for a five-furlong workout, which the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner completed in 1:00.35 under jockey Alex Solis.
“He worked good. I don’t know how that compares to whom else worked, but I was pleased with it,” said Dickey, whose 6-year-old registered the fastest of three workouts at the distance on turf. “Now we’re going to have a meeting and decide if we’re going to run him on the turf or dirt before the Donn.”
The two most likely races in which Flat Out will prep for the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) on Feb. 11 are the $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes (G3), a 1 1/16-mile race on turf, or the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic, a 1 1/8-mile race on dirt.
Flat Out has never run on turf in his 14-race career, but Sunday’s workout on grass was not his first.
“We worked him at Churchill Downs to see if we were going to run him in the Foster or the Firecracker. He worked really good, but we ran in the Foster,” said Dickey, whose stable star finished sixth in the Stephen Foster (G1) before putting his chronic foot problems behind him and establishing himself as one of the top handicap horse on the East Coast with victories in the Suburban Handicap (G2) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) and runner-up finishes in the Whitney (G1) and Woodward (G1).
Catch a Thief Takes to Turf for Stakes Tune-up
Catch a Thief also made a rare appearance on the turf course Sunday morning in which she pleased trainer Tim Hills with a five-furlong workout in 1:00.40.
Hill has been looking forward to trying the stakes-winner on turf since the 5-year-old daughter of Flatter is out of a Red Ransom mare.
“She’s nominated for the Marshua’s River,” said Hills, referring to next Saturday’s Grade 3 turf stakes for fillies and mares. “She doesn’t have many conditions left, so we just might look at that race.”
Catch a Thief finished fourth behind Pomeroy’s Pistol in the Sugar Swirl (G3) on the main track on Dec. 10. She has won five times from 13 career starts on dirt.