Bonnie Heath Farm's homebred 5-year-old horse Mad Flatter shipped to Florida from Kentucky for the $100,000 Spend A Buck Handicap (G3) at Calder Casino & Race Course's Festival of the Sun on Saturday and made off with a 6 ¼-lengths victory over Mambo Meister with jockey Jon Court aboard for the win. El Kingdom finished third.
Trained by Jeffrey Thornbury, Mad Flatter came into the Spend A Buck off a third-place finish in the Washington Park Handicap (G3) over the synthetic racing surface at Arlington Park. He covered the 1 1/16 miles over the main dirt track at Calder in 1:46.37.
At the mutuel windows, Mad Flatter returned $9.60, $4.00, and $4.20 (prices OK). He earned $59,520 for the win.
The Spend A Buck Handicap is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge ‘Win and You're In' program, whereby the winner automatically qualifies for the $1 million Dirt Mile (G1) at the 2010 Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be run this fall at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on November 5 & 6.
Winning trainer's quotes:
Jeffrey Thornbury - "He ran so well in his last race at Arlington (Washington Park Handicap). He only got beat three-quarters of a length going a mile and three-sixteenths. We came here because this was a last chance at a "Win and You're In" (Breeders' Cup) race. His mother (Miss Pangea) won a race over this track by 13 lengths. The race developed exactly the way I thought with the one (Riversrunrylee) setting the pace. It set up perfect for our horse. We'll get him back home to Keeneland before we decide on running (in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile), but now we have the option."
Winning jockey's quotes:
Jon Court - "I have never ridden this horse before, but I have ridden for Mr. Thornbury over the years and we've had some success together. When the mount became open and he presented me with the opportunity to ride this horse today, he was very confident in our chances of winning. That was good enough for me and although this field was not one to be underestimated, my horse handled them rather easily."