Bonnie Heath Farm’s
6-year-old Mad Flatter is based in Kentucky at Keeneland with trainer Jeffrey Thornberry,
but obviously feels right at home at Calder where he has won the Spend a Buck
Handicap the last two years, and will bid to remain perfect over the track as
the likely favorite in the Carl Rose Classic at 1 1/8 miles.
Kentucky jockey Jon
Court made the trip to Calder last month with Mad Flatter when he won the Spend
a Buck on Festival of the Sun day, Oct. 15, by a length as they did the year
before by more than six lengths. The son of Flatter has won eight of 26 starts
and is particularly dangerous when up close or on the lead with a slow pace.
Luis Saez picks up the
mount on Turbo Compressor for trainer Todd Pletcher after finishing fifth last
out in the Chief Tamanco Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 15. The son of Halo’s Image looked
good winning the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga in late July going wire-to-wire at
Azpurua, Jr.’s 3-year-old Manicero is the local favorite in the field of seven
drawn for the Carl Rose with Paco Lopez picking up the mount. The son of Mass
Media has won eight of 12 career starts, including four of six on the main
track at Calder, but will bid to bounce back from a fourth-place effort last
out on ‘yielding’ turf in the Tropical Park Derby on Festival Day, Oct.
Completing the field of
seven are Platinum Esquestian’s The Best Glacier, Fernando Jara; Move Horse
Inc.’s Too Experience, Daniel Centeno; Amaty Racing Stables’ Mimito Boy, Luis
Jurado; and Rose Family Stable’s Decaf Again, Jesus Rios.