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Steeplechae great Flatterer dies at age 35
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Four-time Colonial Cup winner and one of the greatest American steeplechase horses of all time, Flatterer, died Thursday, April 24, at co-owner Bill Pape’s farm in Unionville, Penn.At age 35, Flatterer ranked as one of the oldest notable horses in the history of Thoroughbred racing.Flatterer’s exploits on the racecourse earned him four consecutive Eclipse Awards as champion steeplechase horse beginning in 1983. He was elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in 1994.In a racing career that encompassed 51 total starts, including flat races, Flatterer won a remarkable 24 races and earned $538,708. His earnings in National Steeplechase Association races, excluding his flat and overseas winnings, totaled $421,146.He was bred in Pennsylvania by Pape and his trainer, Jonathan Sheppard, and was raced by his breeders and bloodstock agent George Harris.