Flat Out goes for third straight Jockey Club Gold Cup

The Sports NetworkSeptember 25, 2013 

Only one horse in the history of the Jockey Club Gold Cup has won the race more than two times in a row, that being the great Kelso who captured the stakes five straight times from 1960-64.

Saturday at Belmont Park, Flat Out will attempt to notch his third consecutive win of the $1 million Gold Cup at Belmont Park with a berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic on the line.

The 1 1/4-mile Gold Cup is a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" race which gives the winner an automatic spot in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park.

Junior Alvarado will again be aboard Flat Out and start from post 6 in the eight-horse field.

Flat Out won the 2012 Jockey Club Gold Cup before finishing third to Fort Larned in the Classic. Owned by Preston Stable, he is coming off a second in the Woodward at Saratoga behind Alpha and two spots ahead of stablemate, Ron the Greek.

"Flat Out has never disappointed anybody here," said trainer Bill Mott of the 7-year-old. "He's doing well and he certainly likes it here."

Flat Out has won eight of 26 career starts for $3,095,383.

Ron the Greek, also trained by Mott, drew the inside post with jockey Jose Lezcano.

The all-star field includes Kentucky Derby winner Orb, Woodward champ Alpha, Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice and Whitney Handicap champ Cross Traffic.

The post-time for the featured event in Belmont Park's "Super Saturday" is set for 5:50 p.m. (ET).

Here is the complete field in post position order for the Gold Cup: Ron the Greek, Jose Lezcano, 12-1; Orb, Javier Castellano, 9-2; Last Gunfighter, Rajiv Maragh, 10-1; Vitoria Olimpica, Irad Ortiz Jr., 20-1; Alpha, Joe Bravo, 8-1; Flat Out, Junior Alvarado, 3-1; Palace Malice, Mike Smith, 4-1 and Cross Traffic, John Velazquez, 5-2.

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