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Flatterer

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Flatterer and Jonathan Sheppard (Catherine French photo)
Flatterer
Induction Year: 
1994
Foaled: 
1979
Breeder: 
William L. Pape, Jonathan E. Sheppard
Owner: 
William L. Pape
Trainer: 
Jonathan E. Sheppard
Sire: 
Mo Bay
Dam: 
Horizontal
Damsire: 
Nade
Career Years: 
1982-1987
Starts: 
51
First: 
24
Second: 
7
Third: 
5
Earnings: 
$538,708.00

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Bio

Flatterer was the most dominant American steeplechaser of the 1980s, winning four consecutive Eclipse Awards from 1983 through 1986.

 

Bred in Pennsylvania by owner William L. Pape and trainer Jonathan Sheppard, Flatter won four races on the flats as a sophomore in 1982 before switching to jumps the following year as a 4-year-old.

 

In 1983, Flatterer established himself as America’s top steeplechaser by sweeping the Grand National, Temple Gwathmey and Colonial Cup en route to his first Eclipse Award.

 

The following year, Flatterer repeated in the Colonial Cup and added wins in the New York Turf Writers Cup, Delta Air Handicap and Brook Handicap, earning $120,342 for the year with a record of 6-1-0 from nine starts. He was again recognized as the champion steeplechaser.

 

In 1985, Flatterer won his third Colonial Cup and second temple Gwathmey to win the Eclipse Award for the third consecutive year. Flatterer’s fourth consecutive Colonial Cup victory in 1986 coincided with his fourth straight Eclipse Award. He also turned in strong efforts in finishing second in both the French Champion Hurdle in 1986 and the English Champion Hurdle in 1987. Flatterer won his final major race, the Iroquois Memorial Steeplechase in 1987 at the age of 8 and was retired with a record of 24-7-5 from 51 starts and earnings of $538,708.

 

Flatterer spent his retirement at Pape’s My Way Farm in Unionville, Pa., where he lived until the remarkable age of 35. At the time of his death in 2014, Flatterer was oldest living equine member of the Hall of Fame. 

 

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