The veteran campaigner Flat Out is always in a New York state of mind. The 7-year-old son of Flatter, who races for Art Preston and trainer Bill Mott, has never finished worse than third, all in graded stakes company, in nine starts at New York tracks. He will be hoping the third time is the charm when he ventures outside of his favorite state for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. Flat Out finished fifth in 2011 Classic at Churchill Downs and third in last year’s Classic at Santa Anita. Flat Out was a stakes winner early in his 3-year-old campaign and was briefly on the Triple Crown trail, but hoof problems that have plagued his career, followed by a shoulder injury, sent him to the sidelines for over 19 months. Returned to the races, he rebounded by capturing the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap in his first start in New York in July 2011 at Belmont Park. He went on to finish second in a pair of Grade 1 events at Saratoga, the Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes - the latter against eventual Horse of the Year Havre de Grace - before winning the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. He followed a similar path in 2012, finishing second to eventual Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned in the Whitney before scoring a repeat victory in the Gold Cup. This season, Flat Out continues to be one of the top older horses in his favorite state, winning the Suburban in July.