Breeders’ Cup Classic 2011 Report – He can Flat Out run

Older Males

The handicap division is a total crap shoot this year and the road to the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic yielded another surprise when Flat Out (113 BSF) dusted his rivals in Belmont’s G2 Suburban on July 2.

Awesome Gem beat him in the Lone Star ‘Cap and Pool Play bested him in the Stephen Foster but the Suburban belonged to Flat Out. He sat a wide stalking trip and loved the sweeping turns at Big Sandy, leaving quality rivals Rodman and Hymn Book in his wake.

Flat Out

Is Flat Out the real deal? - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Was the Suburban for real or was it more of a case of Flat Out taking advantage of an oval that typically flatters his wide rallying style? We will find out more about his true talents at Saratoga this summer.

The G1 Hollywood Gold Cup will be run on July 9 and Twirling Candy is the marquee name. He meets the likes of Big Cap 1-2 finishers Game On Dude and Setsuko, along with defending champ Awesome Gem.

Impressive G1 Met Mile hero Tizway will try to stretch his speed nine furlongs in the G1 Whitney at Saratoga on Aug 6, and he may meet Pool Play and recent WinStar/Pletcher purchase Sidney’s Candy.

Overseas runner Await The Dawn reportedly has his sights set on the BC Classic for Aidan O’Brien, and he has dirt influences in his pedigree with Giant’s Causeway on top and Dixieland Band on the dam side.

Three-Year-Olds

The sophomores are much like their older counterparts as the keep taking turns beating each other. I have been covering the 3-year-old-crop of 2011 on Pick 6 Blog since last September and posted my latest Top 10 list on June 29th.

The 3-year-old division could get a much needed shot in the arm if Uncle Mo makes it all the way back from illness. He will head to Saratoga next week for Todd Pletcher and if everything goes perfect he could show up in the Aug 27 King’s Bishop.

Some late blooming 3yo’s to watch include Bold Warrior, Raison d’Etat, and Bob Baffert’s Smash, who goes in Saturday’s G2 Carry Back at Calder.

 

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ramondimas on July 8, 2011 at 6:03 am

    i think that every horse thats going to run in this year BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC has a chance…………..

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  2. Posted by ramondimas on July 8, 2011 at 6:05 am

    WHO DO U THINK IS GOING TO WIN THIS YEAR BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC?

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    • Very tough to predict anything at this point. Handicap horses and 3-year-olds take turns beating each other with no true leader in either division.

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    • Posted by Medlocke on July 28, 2011 at 3:25 am

      I think Aidan O’Brien’s horse, Await The Dawn, will win the Classic. The horse reeks of class. He’s won 5 of 6 career starts in Europe. He’s blasted both the Huxley Stakes and Hardwicke Stakes field’s that he’s faced this year. The Huxley over 10f, and the Hardwicke over 12f. So the Classic distance won’t be a problem for Await The Dawn. His pedigree says dirt may suite him down to the ground!! Sired by Giant’s Causeway, who’s sire was the great Storm Cat. Dam side is Valentine Band. By Dixieland Band. A great dirt horse, also!!

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  3. Posted by ramondimas on July 8, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I THINK THAT IF FLAT OUT RUNS IN THE CLASSIC HE MIGHT CHANGE THE WHOLE RACE AND THE OUTCOME OF THE RACE…WITH FLAT OUT IN THE RACE EVERYTHING CHANGES..

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  4. Posted by Medlocke on July 28, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Mark my words, the American’s are more vulnerable to defeat in this year’s Breeders Cup Classic than they’ve been for years at a racetrack with a conventional dirt surface. With the retirement of Zenyatta, Blame, and Lookin At Lucky, there’s no real star among the older horses. And 2011 has produced what I feel is the weakest crop of American 3yr.old’s that I’ve seen in many, many years. I think Aidan O’Brien’s horse, Await The Dawn, has a huge shot at winning this year’s Classic. He’s won 5 of 6 lifetime starts in the Ireland and the UK, and his pedigree suggest that he might be even better on conventional dirt than he is on turf? Sired by Giant’s Causeway, who very nearly won the 2000 Classic himself at Churchill Downs. With his dam being Valentine Band. Who’s dam sire was Dixieland Band. An awfully good dirt horse himself during his day.

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