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.
Mad Flatter, a son of Flatter, is owned by the partnership of his breeder Bonnie Heath Farm, Holiday Stable, Bright Brook Farm, and Hinkle Farm. He is trained by Jeff Thornbury.
"We came here because this was a last chance at a Win and You're In race," said Thornbury. "We'll get him back home to Keeneland before we decide on running in the Breeders' Cup but now we have the option."