Bred: Nikolaus Bock (Fl.)
Dam: Cresta Lil, by Cresta Rider
Flat Out had a star-crossed first three seasons plagued by injuries until his breakthrough campaign in 2011. The Florida-bred son of Flatter flashed his brilliance early by winning the 2009 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park in just his third career start, but he was sidelined for more than a year with feet problems shortly after an unplaced finish in the 2009 Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. He would not start again December 2010, when he won an allowance race at Fair Grounds and then again was sidelined for a few months.
With his injuries behind him thanks to the patience of previous trainer Scooter Dickey, Flat Out went from being an unheralded member of the handicap division in May 2011 to the 7-to-2 favorite for that year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, in which he finished fifth. Earning him the favorite’s role were dominant victories in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap and Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Subsequently transferred to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Flat Out continued to be a force at age 6. He secured a repeat victiory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in September at Belmont.
Flat Out continued to perform well against elite competition in 2013 at the age of seven. He brought home wins in the Westchester Stakes and Suburban Handicap with a close second in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes and a third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.