Flat Out Foxy was flat out fast in the stretch Saturday, Oct. 7, winning the Claiming Handicap in a time of 1:55.1. Guided by Marvin Luna, the trotting gelding lived up to his race favorite status in the win.
Starting from the center of the track, Flat Out Foxy rallied out with early speed and got away in second behind I C Caviar and John DeLong. The field passed the first quarter in :27.1 and were heading to the half when Simply Volo and Jordan Ross moved to the outside and around traffic to take over the top spot at the half in :56.3. Zappa and Luke Plano led the outer flow forward, and Luna opted to stay in along the rail with Flat Out Foxy to the top of the stretch.
Horses were across the track seeking to take over the lead, and Flat Out Foxy was looking for racing room. Midway through the stretch, he tipped to the outside of I C Caviar and was able to find racing room between horses, getting up in the last few strides for the win. Simply Volo was strong for second, just a length back of Flat Out Foxy. Timon AS and Michael Oosting closed on the outside to finish third.
Flat Out Foxy earned his second win in his last three starts. The Whom Shall I Fear four-year-old is owned by Stan Sheputis of Illinois and trained by Neil Coleman. Flat Out Foxy is a reclaim by his connections, after getting claimed in early September. It was his first start back with the Coleman barn. Overall, he has eight wins in 38 starts and more than $90,000 in earnings. The one-time Indiana Sires Stakes trotter for the Jeff Edwards barn took his career best time last year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in 1:55.0.
Another trotting winner on the card was Brookview Bolt, who was back in the winner’s circle for the Ron Burke Stable. The five-year-old gelding sat patiently in the two hole for driver Trace Tetrick before finding the room he needed and striding away from the field, winning by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:53.2. Bodelicious and Atlee Bender finished second over Triathlon AS and Matt Krueger for third.
Brookview Bolt, a son of Swan for All, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. The gelding now has seven wins this season and 23 overall. He is closing in on $600,000 in career earnings and his career best time remains at 1:52.0, taken earlier this season at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.