Multiple Grade I winner Flat Out will enter stud for 2014 at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, commanding an advertised fee of $10,000 as part of the farm’s “Share The Upside” program.
An earner of $3,645,383 on the track, Flat Out recently retired after winning the Grade I Cigar Mile on Nov. 30 at Aqueduct. The 7-year-old son of Flatter captured three Grade I races during his 29 career starts, including back-to-back triumphs in the 2011-2012 editions of the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup.
“Flat Out has proven himself to be among the elite racehorses we’ve seen over the course of the last three years,” Ned Toffey, general manager of Spendthrift, said in a release. “His brilliant win recently over five Grade I winners in the Cigar Mile is a fitting way for him to close out his tremendous racing career, and it showed he was top class among the best milers and best classic horses around. Physically, he’s an awesome individual who’s very well-balanced, handsome and correct, and his A.P. Indy sire line is obviously the preeminent sire line in North America today. We believe breeders are going to like him, and we invite everyone to come out to the farm to see him.”
Campaigned by Preston Stables LLC, Flat Out began his career being trained by the venerable Charles “Scooter” Dickey who patiently guided the bay horse through a stress fracture in his shoulder and numerous foot issues to develop him one of the top handicap runners in 2011. Following a fifth place finish in the 2012 Grade I Donn Handicap, the Prestons transferred Flat Out to the barn of Hall of Famer Bill Mott and he went on to win four more graded stakes, including this year’s Grade II Suburban Handicap – a race he also captured in 2011.
“Flat Out possesses the tremendous heart and talent that is only found in the truly top-class racehorses, and he proved that with his honesty, consistency, and ability to overcome. I’d have to rank him number one among the most exciting horses I’ve raced,” said owner Art Preston, who has also campaigned such racehorses as champion Victory Gallop. “Spendthrift is an established stud farm with great history and class, and Wayne (Hughes) has been an innovator with his breeding programs. I’m making a plan to breed some mares to Flat Out and it should be a lot of fun.”
Flat Out retires with nine wins from 29 outings. He is available for inspection at Spendthrift.