Flat Bold Impressive in First-Career Win
Flat Bold Runs Away from them Late
Sometimes our trainers just know. Following his second-place effort in his previous start, assistant trainer Artie Magnusson said about Flat Bold, "he'll win next time out, no problem." On Saturday, the three-year-old son of Flatter proved his words to be true.
In extremely impressive fashion, Flat Bold found a seem turning for home and spurted away to a four-length victory. Under Ramon Dominguez, who was riding him for the first time, Flat Bold was positioned on the rail close to the leaders through an opening half-mile in :46. As they made the turn, Dominguez asked Flat Bold for some run and that's exactly what he did. Shortly after Dominguez shook him up, Flat Bold exploded to the lead and would go on for the comfortable score. "I just sort of squeezed him with my legs, and he took off," said Dominguez referring to Flat Bold's acceleration. "He's a nice colt."
"He's been doing so well since he came to us," said Magnusson, referring to the fact that Flat Bold was shipped from California to New York earlier this year. When he ran in New York for the first time, it was his first time going long after a long trip and he really wasn't cranked up all the way. The fact he ran so well that day showed me all I needed to know about him."
Flat Bold's final time of 1:23.65 for the seven furlong race was just .05 slower than the highly-regarded three-year-old colt Gone Astray's win in an allowance race about a half-hour earlier at Aqueduct. "He showed his true colors today," said Magnusson. "I think he has a very bright future."
The win was the first of Flat Bold's career. He earned $31,800 for his impressive effort and has now banked over $45,000 in his four lifetime starts.