04/09/2016 3:53PM

Ami's Flatter gets first graded stakes win in Commonwealth

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Ami's Flatter, with Martin Garcia aboard, wins the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths on Saturday.

Ami's Flatter continued to show that one turn is to his liking, rallying strongly in the lane to post his first graded stakes victory in the Grade 3, $250,000 Commonwealth Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland.

"He just got a wonderful ride," said Ruth Schmidt, assistant to trainer Josie Carroll. "He's doing wonderful. He was as happy as could be coming into this race."

Ami's Flatter ($10.60) and Martin Garcia settled in fifth early as the favored Holy Boss, making his first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, led recent stakes winner Barbados through opening splits of 22.49 and 45.01 seconds.

Holy Boss was let out a notch around the turn and responded with a strong kick to increase his lead to 1 1/2 lengths, but Ami's Flatter began making up ground, moving into third as the field approached the stretch. Garcia swung his mount wide to collar the leaders just inside the quarter pole, and the colt continued on willingly to win by 2 3/4 lengths. He stopped the clock in 1:21.66 for seven furlongs on a track rated fast – 0.34 seconds off the track record on a day when a record did fall earlier on the card.

The versatile Ready for Rye closed for second, edging Holy Boss by a head. Barbados was another head back in fourth.

Ami's Flatter was multiple graded stakes-placed at longer distances as a 3-year-old, finishing second in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby and third in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. The Ontario-bred son of Flatter is now 3 for 3 at this seven-furlong distance. He came into the Commonwealth off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Fred Hooper at a mile in February at Gulfstream.