Mad Flatter won the first graded race of his career and in the process
earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile by virtue of
his easy 6 1/4-length triumph over defending champion and 4-5 favorite
Mambo Meister in the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap.
Mad Flatter tripped out perfectly under jockey Jon Court,
stalking the pace of Riversrunrylee before readily assuming command
before six furlongs. Mad Flatter then had plenty left in the tank once
settling into the stretch to hold off a mild run from the favorite
before extending his advantage at the end.
Mambo Meister had to steady briefly and was shuffled near the
rear of the pack after the start, made a quick run to contention
leaving the backstretch, but proved no match for Mad Flatter. El
Kingdom finished third.