Flat Bold Wins!
Bold: Audacious, fearless, brave, emboldened. One word with so many meanings. One word that perfectly describes Flat Bold's comeback race at Belmont Park. With the winds howling at over 30 miles per hour and no horse winning in gate-to-wire fashion, circumstances would seem rather daunting. Insurmountable for some horses, but an opportunity to be bold for one. Throwing caution to the wind (both literally and metaphorically), Flat Bold broke well and sprinted to a half-length lead through a quarter-mile in 23.50. Flat Bold continued to be pressed through a half-mile in 46.4. As Flat Bold turned for home he maintained a slim advantage. He shook free of pace pressure in mid-stretch and opened up a lead, but he would face one more challenge from favorite Imperial Council. Despite making the pace the whole way, Flat Bold turned back the last challenge to win by a half-length.
Trainer Tom Albertrani said, "You love when they're training this well in the morning and they show it in the afternoon. We knew last year he was a talented and beautiful horse, but the time off has really helped him develop and mature and become more focused. He ran a great race. I think we'll have a lot of fun with him."
Jockey Rajiv Maragh said, "I always love riding West Point horses. This is a very nice horse. He is fast, but he can keep going. He just kept going when I asked him."
Flat Bold earned $33,000 for the victory, bringing his career earnings to just shy of $150,000. We look forward to seeing stakes action with him this summer.