November 26th, 2018

Plainsman (Flatter) Scores First Stakes Victory in Discovery (G3)

Plainsman continued his hot streak and became his sire Flatter’s newest stakes winner when defeating G1 Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski in the G3 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Sent to post as the 4-5 favorite, Plainsman scored his first stakes victory in a powerful, front-running performance under jockey Joel Rosario by 1 3/4 lengths. The colt is trained by Brad Cox for Shortleaf Stable and completed the 1 1/8-mile Discovery in a final time of 1:52.14. The race marked Plainsman’s third consecutive victory, but only his second time being tested in stakes company.

“It was a great ride. Joel (Rosario) didn’t panic when everybody came together at the half-mile pole,” said assistant trainer Dustin Dugas. “I got nervous, but thankfully Joel didn’t, and it paid off for us.”

Plainsman, bred in Kentucky by Joseph Minor, earned $110,000 from the Discovery victory, while improving his record to 4-3-2 from 12 starts. He increased his career earnings to more than $300,000.

Flatter is the sire of 51 stakes winners and 6 millionaires, including G1 winners West Coast, Flat Out, and Taris. He will stand the 2019 season for $40,000.

 

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