RSS Feeds Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Back-to-back winner of the Spend A Buck Stakes G-3, Mad Flatter won the 2010 edition by 6 ¼ lengths, earning a 104 Beyer in a spectacular performance. His dominating win in 2010 earned him a “win and you’re in” in the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. Unfortunately, he was impeded at the break in that race and lost all chance. In 2011, Mad Flatter returned to Calder Race Course to win the Spend A Buck G-3 by 1 length, defeating Florida champion Mambo Meister ($554,375), the second year in a row.

“When he’s on his game, he’ll run his heart out over any surface,” says jockey Jon Court after the horse’s second Spend A Buck G-3 victory.

By Flatter, out of Miss Pangea, by Honor Grades, Mad Flatter won from age two to six on dirt and synthetic, at four different racetracks, and at distances from 6 furlongs to 1-1/16th mile. Early in his career, he showed the aptitude and promise to be on the Derby trail, placing in the LeComte G-3, but injury interrupted that dream. The colt excelled in his comeback race, achieving a Ragozin 3 ¼. He retires with earnings of $354,843 having won 8 races and placing 6 times.

Trained his entire career by Jeff Thornbury, Mad Flatter won at Arlington Park, Calder, Churchill Downs, and Fair Grounds. Bred in Florida by Bonnie Heath Farm, he was raced initially by his breeder, then in partnership with Bright Brook Farm, Holiday Stable, and Hinkle Farms.

“We had great fun with the Madman and formed lasting friendships because of him,” says co-owner and breeder Bonnie Heath. “He seemed to prefer two turns and dirt, but was good enough to place in the Washington Park G-3 at Arlington Park on an artificial surface at 1-3/16ths, beaten only ¾ length, and to win consecutive grade three Spend A Bucks without taking a deep breath. While he didn’t have to be on the lead, he knew what to do with it. He moves on now to the next level, a new career as a stallion. We hope to place him in a harem.”

Mad Flatter has 2 crosses of Broodmare of the Year, Weekend Surprise, and is from the female family of the English filly Triple Crown winner, Oh So Sharp, and the great sire of sires, Nasrullah. Many successful stallions, such as the brilliant sire A.P. Indy, have come from the Weekend Surprise/Lassie Dear female family, and we are confident Mad Flatter will be included in that group.

“With his outstanding bone, size, conformation, and class, Mad Flatter offers breeders the speed, stamina, and versatility needed for tomorrow’s racing,” says Heath.

Decisions are being finalized as to where Mad Flatter will begin his breeding career, and announcements will soon be made. For additional information, please contact Bonnie Heath Farm at 352-591-1014.

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