It was a second straight win for FLATTER’s Grade 3-winning Plainsman on Friday night when he won the Jim Rasmussen Stakes by a neck.
Racing over 1 1/16 miles at Prairie Meadows, the Brad Cox-trained Plainsman broke well and raced along Drifting West for a furlong before taking over the lead and relaxing up front. Francisco Arrieta kept a hold on his mount as Plainsman set easy fractions around the track.
As they passed the quarter pole, multiple graded stakes winner Rated R Superstar made his challenge and was ready to give the leader a battle. Plainsman always stayed just in front and as they came down to the wire he was still a neck the best with the third placed Drifting West 6 ½ lengths back in third.
Owned by Shortleaf Stable, this was Plainsman’s sixth win in 22 starts with eight other on the board finishes for $465,000 in earnings.
A $350,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Plainsman was bred by Joseph Minor and is one of two stakes performers out of S S Pinafore. That two-time winning mare is a three-quarter sister to multiple graded stakes winner Southdale and a half-sister to the dam of stakes-placed Bourbon Bay and Brattle House.
Plainsman is the fourth stakes winner and seventh stakes horse for FLATTER this year with the group led by Acorn S. (G1) winner Search Results, who also finished second by just a neck in the Kentucky Oaks (G1).