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$1m Jockey Club Gold Cup set for Belmont on Sept 28th

By Steve Haskin

The $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park Sept. 28 will provide racing fans with a couple of intriguing angles: the battle for divisional honors in two categories and an unprecedented attempt at three consecutive Gold Cup victories since the distance was changed to 1 ¼ miles. 

Flat OutFirst, there is the old warrior Flat Out, the 7-year-old son of Flatter who will be seeking his third straight victory in the Gold Cup. Trained by Bill Mott, Flat Out has proven his affinity for Belmont Park, winning five of his six career starts over the track, with his only defeat being a troubled third-place finish in this year's Metropolitan Handicap.


Although the great Kelso captured five consecutive runnings of the Gold Cup, that was when the race was run at two miles.


Flat Out, owned by Preston Racing, joins Mad Hatter (1921-22), Dark Secret (1933-34), Nashua (1955-56), Shuvee (1970-71), Slew o'Gold (1983-84), Creme Fraiche (1986-87), Skip Away (1996-97) and Curlin (2007-08) as two-time Gold Cup winners. Learn more about Flat Out's owner, Art Preston, in this Slideshow.


"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."


Then there is the match-up between 2013 classic winners Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby, and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice. A victory by either colt could very well clinch the 3-year-old championship, unless the loser or Travers and Pennsylvania Derby winner Will Take Charge wins the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 2.


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