Mad Flatter Defeats Mambo Meister in Repeat Spend a Buck Victory
RSS Feeds Sunday, October 16, 2011

Reprinted from 10/16/11

Bonnie Heath Farm's homebred Mad Flatter won the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap (gr. III) (VIDEO) for the second straight year when he held off Mambo Meister by a length Oct. 15 at Calder Casino & Race Course in Florida.

The 6-year-old son of Flatter scored the 1 1/16-mile main track event by 6 1/4 lengths a year ago and while it wasn’t that easy this time around, he was good enough to best 1-2 favorite Mambo Meister for his second graded stakes victory.
Mad Flatter completed the distance of the fast track in 1:46.07 with Jon Court aboard. Jeff Thornbury trains the bay horse, who won for the eighth time in 26 lifetime starts. He has now earned $333,843.
The winner was bred in Florida and is out of the Honor Grades mare Miss Panagea. He is co-owned by Holiday Stable, Bright Brook Stable, and Hinkle Farms.
Mad Flatter received a comfortable stalking trip under Court, tracking pacesetter Rock Alex through easy fractions of :24.57 and :49.30 before taking over on the far turn. He had a clear lead entering the lane and his only threat was Mambo Meister, an eight-time winner on the Calder dirt.
Though Mambo Meister methodically closed the gap in the stretch, he never put a scare into the winner. It was another 5 1/4 lengths back to third-place Stimulus Plan.
Mad Flatter won for the second time in seven starts this season. His other victory came in an optional claimer in June at Churchill Downs. He paid $7.40, $3, and $3. The exacta (4-7) returned $15.60.
“He obviously loves this racetrack," Bonnie Heath said. "We were right here 364 days ago. We went on to the Breeders’ Cup (Dirt Mile). It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for this horse, so we took the chance, but he stumbled at the start and never got in it.
The Carl Rose (Handicap) is coming up here next month (Nov. 12) and is an option, but we’ll have to talk to Jeffrey before deciding where to go from here.”
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