Goodbye to a Giant

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.

Micro Share Update

Micro Share’s blood work returned yesterday afternoon and revealed elevated SAA levels. SAA stands for serum amyloid A. These elevated levels are not extreme by any means, but they are telling us she is trying to fight off some type of infection. This morning her temperature was 101, which is just a touch high.


Micro Share will be treated with an antibiotic to try to boost her immune system.

Micro Share Update

Team Mandella reported Micro Share came up with another temperature of 102 this morning. As this temperature has continued to linger on and off, an updated blood was pulled today. She’s clearly having a hard time getting completely over this and the barn wants to ensure there are no other underlying issues which would be causing it.

For reference, Micro Share has spiked a temperature prior to Santa Anita Oaks, a second time on April 16th and now today.

We will provide any updates necessary once the barn receives the blood results.

Wednesday Live Chat

MRH Partners,

Join us this Wednesday May 4th at 5:00 PM PST as our team chats with you about your horses stabled on the West Coast racing circuit. Over the coming weeks we’ll go circuit by circuit where our team will discuss 3 Hot Topics and then open the floor for questions, discussions, and debate.

Wednesday’s Hot Topics:

Forbidden Kingdom: Check In and Update
Above Suspicion: The Path Ahead
Hero Status: Look back and next target

This interactive chat allows MyRacehorse partners to ask our team questions directly. To submit your questions and attend the chat, please click this link here. The password is “WestCoast”.

Micro Share Update

While Team Mandella thought Micro Share was over her foot bruise, it returned, and required some minor work. Micro Share had her front shoes pulled and feet trimmed. Her feet were a bit tender following the trimming, but Mandella believes this will only set us back a few days in her training.

Pending this does indeed do the trick, Mandella believes a race in about 6-8 weeks time is likely for Micro Share.

Micro Share Update

Micro Share’s foot bruise has healed up nicely, however, the filly did spike a minor temperature over the weekend which caused her to miss two additional days of training.

She is scheduled to return to the track tomorrow morning.

Micro Share Update

We received the blood work back for Micro Share this morning, which did not reveal anything conclusive to support the suspicion of her tying-up. The three-year-old filly has come up with a bruised and sore left foot, which likely provides a more logical reasoning behind her performance.

The Mandella team focus will be on her foot and once deemed ready will return back to the track.

We will follow up with an additional update over the weekend.

Gary Mandella on Yesterday’s Runners

Assistant trainer Gary Mandella took some time to talk with Kurt Hoover of TVG earlier today for a MyRacehorse update on Forbidden Kingdom and Micro Share after yesterday’s races.