The breeding industry lost a giant when it was announced that stallion Flatter was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age on May 9, according to Claiborne Farm, where the 23-year-old had stood for his entire stud career which began in 2004.
Our acquisitions team at MyRacehorse is very bullish on the progeny of Flatter, and currently have two horses in our stable sired by him, Hero Status and Search Engine. A third, Micro Share, is a winning daughter of Upstart, who is a son of Flatter.
There was so much to like about Flatter, beginning with his pedigree. He was a son of the incomparable A.P. Indy and out of a terrific mare, Praise, who threw so many top-class runners, including Congrats, an earner of nearly $1 million. Flatter, himself, had a successful racing campaign, which saw him win four of six starts and earn black-type in graded-stakes company for Claiborne, his breeder.
At the time of his passing, Flatter is the sire of 21 graded-stakes winners and 59 black-type (non-graded races) winners. He counts among his progeny 692 winners, who collectively earned more than $84.1 million on the racetrack.
Two of his runners were recognized as champions, West Coast and Avie’s Flatter. This past Sunday, his daughter, Search Results, a full sister to our two-time winner Search Engine, earned her third graded stakes win in the Grade 2 Ruffian Stakes at Belmont Park. A day earlier, MRH runner Hero Status, a son of Flatter finished second in a Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita Park.
“Flatter was the kind of sire you’d like to have 10 of,” Bernie Sams, Claiborne Farm Stallion Seasons and Bloodstock Manager, told the BloodHorse upon news of Flatter’s death. “He was solid and consistent, year in and year out. He started at the bottom and worked his way up to being a successful and respected stallion. He was popular among people who bred to race and was a successful commercial sire as well. He will be greatly missed.”
We send our condolences to Claiborne and to all who loved this classy horse, and look forward to carrying on Flatter’s legacy through his sons Hero Status and Search Engine, and granddaughter, Micro Share.