Flat Out made a late surge at the wire to beat pace setting Stay Thirsty by a head and win the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup for the second consecutive year. Stay Thirsty finished second while the post time favorite, Fort Larned, faded to third. Long shot Atigun rounded out the superfecta.
Running over a dirt track rated as "good" following heavy rains overnight in New York, Stay Thirsty, Ruler on Ice and San Pablo set a solid early pace. Morning line favorite Ron the Greek was well back, almost 15 lengths behind in the early stages, while post time favorite Fort Larned raced in middle of the pack through the first mile. Fort Larned then made a move coming off the far turn but could find no more when challenged by Flat Out at the top of the stretch. Stay Thirsty, fighting on gamely in deep stretch, only surrendered the lead in the final stride.
Flat Out is a six-year-old son of Flatter out of a Cresta Rider mare (Cresta Lil), trained by Bill Mott, ridden by Joel Rosario and owned by Preston Stables.
Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
WIN: 9-Flat Out ($9.30, $5.60, $4.00)
PLACE: 2-Stay Thirsty ($10.80, $6.70)
SHOW: 5-Fort Larned ($4.00)
$1.00 EXACTA: (9/2) $54.75
$1.00 TRIFECTA: (9/2/5) $242.75
$0.10 SUPERFECTA: (9/2/5/6) $213.85
$1.00 DAILY DOUBLE: (2/9) $8.70
$1.00 PICK 3: (8/2/9) $45.59
$0.50 PICK 4: (1,7/8/2/9) $88.00