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Mad Flatter Retires to Stud

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Multiple graded stakes winner Mad Flatter has been retired from racing and will enter stud for the 2013 season.

Back-to-back winner of the Spend A Buck Stakes (G3) at Calder, Mad Flatter won the 2010 edition by 6 ¼ lengths, earning a 104 Beyer Speed Figure. His dominating win in 2010 earned him a berth in the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile.

By Flatter out of Miss Pangea, by Honor Grades, Mad Flatter won from ages two to six on dirt and synthetic at four different racetracks at distances ranging from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. He retires with earnings of $354,843, having won eight races and placing six 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,” said co-owner and breeder Bonnie Heath III. “He seemed to prefer two turns and dirt, but was good enough to place in the Washington Park (G3) at Arlington Park on an artificial surface at 1 3/16 miles, beaten only three-quarters of a length. He also won consecutive 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.”

Mad Flatter has two 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 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.

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

Decisions are being finalized as to where Mad Flatter will begin his breeding career.

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