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Flatterer, oldest Hall of Fame horse, dead at 35

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Flatterer, a four-time Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Steeplechase Horse and a 1994 Racing Hall of Fame inductee, was euthanized April 24 at owner Bill Pape’s My Way Farm in Pennsylvania.

Flatterer compiled a record of 24-8-5 from 52 career starts with earnings of $534,854. Bred in Pennsylvania by Pape and trained by Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard, Flatterer was a four-time winner of the Colonial Cup. In all, he won 13 steeplechase stakes, including the Iroquois, National Hunt Cup and Temple Gwathmey.

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Flatterer becomes oldest living Hall of Fame horse of all time

Flatterer surpassed Count Fleet on Monday to become the oldest living Hall of Fame member of all time.

Flatterer surpassed Count Fleet on Monday to become the oldest living Hall of Fame member of all time. (NYRA photo)

Flatterer, the dominant American steeplechaser of the 1980s, officially became the oldest Hall of Fame thoroughbred on Monday at 33 years and 265 days old, passing the former longevity standard of Triple Crown winner Count Fleet, who was 33 years and 264 days old when he died on Dec. 3, 1973.

Flatterer, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994, won 24 of 51 career starts, and at age 8 in 1987 became the frist steeplechase Triple Crown winner when he took home the Grand National, Temple Gwathmey, and Colonial Cup. Flatterer won the Colonial Cup four times and was a four-time Eclipse winner, as well as the 1987 Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase winner. He also set an American record when he carried 176 pounds in winning the 1986 National Hunt Cup.

Trained by Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard, Flatterer resides at owner Bill Pape’s My Way Farm in Pennsylvania. Flatterer will turn 34 on June 5.

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Hall of Fame trainer Sheppard wins 3,000th race

Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard notched his 3,000th career victory at Delaware Park on Monday.  The milestone win came in the seventh race when Augustin Stable’s Fugitive Angel won a s 7 1/2-furlong turf allowance by a neck over six rivals.

“It feels good to get the milestone victory and it was nice that happened at Delaware Park,” said Sheppard.

Sheppard notched his first career winner in a steeplechase race with Haffaday in 1966. The 71-year-old native of Ashwell, England, was inducted into National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1990.  He has won six Breeder Cup’s and has trained 12 Eclipse Award champions, including Flatterer (1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986) and Forever Together (2008).

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Sheppard continues Saratoga brilliance

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Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard shows no signs of slowing down.

On Thursday, Sheppard’s Divine Fortune won the A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase at Saratoga Race Course. For Sheppard, it was his third consecutive Smithwick victory and his sixth win in the race overall.

But what was particularly eventful about the win for Sheppard was that it gave him at least one victory at the Spa for a 44th consecutive year.

Sheppard’s day at Saratoga got even better when he won the other steeplechase race on the card, as Royal Rossi captured a $53,000 allowance race.

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Plenty of Hall of Fame connections on Friday’s Breeders’ Cup card

KENT DESORMEAUX

(photo by Brien Bouyea)

EDGAR PRADO

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BILL MOTT

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By NICOLE RUSSO

Here is a look at the Hall of Fame connections on Friday’s Breeders’ Cup card at Churchill Downs. First post is 2 p.m. and the first Breeders’ Cup race is the Marathon at 4:10 p.m. Keep checking in throughout the next few days for Nicole’s reports from Louisville, Ky.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Edgar Prado (’08) rides Arch Support.
Kent Desormeaux (’04) rides Fancy Point.

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint
Jonathan Sheppard (’90) trains defending champion Informed Decision,
Bob Baffert (’09) trains Gabby’s Golden Gal.
D. Wayne Lukas (’99) trains also-eligible Tidal Pool.
Mike Smith (’03) rides Sweet August Moon. He is named on also-eligible Tidal Pool, should his mount scratch.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
Mike Smith (’03) rides Izshelegal.
Bob Baffert (’09) trains A Z Warrior.

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf
Edgar Prado (’08) rides Shared Account.
Kent Desormeaux (’04) rides Red Desire.
Jonathan Sheppard (’90) trains Forever Together, winner of this race in 2008.

Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic
Trainer Bill Mott (’98) and jockey Kent Desormeaux (’04) team up with Unrivaled Belle.
Shug McGaughey (’04) trains Persistently.

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Hall of Fame trainer Sheppard wins 1,000th steeplechase race

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A few years ago, Jonathan Sheppard noticed that he was approaching his 1,000th career steeplechase victory, although he did not believe that he would reach that milestone before 2011. But a spectacular season in 2010 placed him at that milestone mark on Sept. 25 when he saddled Hudson River Stables’ Arcadius to win the $100,000 Helen Haskell Sampson Stakes (Gr. 1) at Monmouth Park.

Sheppard, 69, had reached the brink of his 1,000th victory over fences earlier in the afternoon, when Port Mosebey won a$25,000  maiden special weight race for the Racing Hall of Fame trainer’s longtime client Augustin Stables, the racing and breeding operation of George Strawbridge Jr.

The British-born horseman won his first race as a trainer with Redmond C. Stewart Jr.’s Haffaday at My Lady’s Manor in 1966.

The Helen Sampson victory was Sheppard’s 21st of the year, and he is winning at a lights-out 31% rate. From 68 starts, his stable has finished in the money in two-thirds of their races.

He and another longtime client, Bill Pape, had an spectacular Saratoga Race Course meet, where they won four of five races and finished second in the fifth. Sheppard also finished first and second in three of those victories, including Pape’s Sermon of Love and Arcadius in the $100,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) and Pape’s Divine Fortune and Arcadius in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 2).

Sheppard’s earnings for the year through Sept. 25 totaled $640,130, which puts him within shouting range of his best year ever, $929,375 in 1992. Still ahead on the schedule are two rich Grade 1 races, the $250,000 Grand National at Far Hills, N.J., on Oct. 23 and the $100,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1) at Camden, S.C., on Nov. 13.

Last year, he claimed his 11th steeplechase Eclipse Award with Bill Pape’s Mixed Up, winner of the A. P. Smithwick (Gr. 1) and Colonial Cup (Gr. 1). He also won his second flat Eclipse Award with Augustin’s Informed Decision (female sprinter), after Augustin’s Forever Together (turf female) in 2008. His other six steeplechase champions are Athenian Idol, Cafe Prince, Martie’s Anger, Flatterer, Jimmy Lorenzo and Highland Bud. Flatterer was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1994, four years after Sheppard.

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