02/27/2013 12:17PM

Flatterer becomes longest-living Hall of Fame horse

Barbara D. Livingston
Champion steeplechaser Flatterer became the oldest living Racing Hall of Fame horse in history this week.

Flatterer, a four-time champion steeplechaser who dominated his division during the 1980s, officially became the longest-living National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Thoroughbred on Feb. 25 at 33 years and 265 days old, passing the longevity standard set by 1943 Triple Crown winner Count Fleet.

According to the Racing Hall of Fame, Count Fleet was 33 years and 264 days old when he died on Dec. 3, 1973. Flatterer was born on June 5, 1979.

Flatterer was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. He won 24 of 52 career starts and earned $534,854 in his career for owner Bill Pape and trainer Jonathan Sheppard. Pape and Sheppard bred the horse in Pennsylvania. Flatterer took the steeplechase Triple Crown in 1983 when he won the Grand National, Temple Gwathmey, and Colonial Cup. He also set an American record when he carried 176 pounds in winning the 1986 National Hunt Cup. Flatterer won the Eclipse Award as champion steeplechaser in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986.

Flatterer, a son of Mo Bay out of the Nade mare Horizontal, resides at Pape’s My Way Farm in Pennsylvania.


Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
That is so cool. Good for you, Flatterer. I only wish more of our champions could live such long and happily healthy lives in retirement for the heart they give to us every day.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the picture. Flatterer has the look of a horse with a story to tell. If we could understand him he would keep us entranced for hours. Happy Birthday old boy.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Flatterer, an amazing "jumper", continues to amaze :)
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
For a glance at different eras, look up Flatterers' race record on Equibase and then check his Daddy.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Just had to look it up... You or I would be 93!
P More than 1 year ago
A grand old man - I'll be sure to have a drink on your honor tonight. I'm sure by this time of year he looks like a big wooly bear with plenty of healthy mileage. Barbara Livingston last March had a visit to him and also shared many picture of him over the years. Sheppard was asked about his longevity and at the time he said the dressage work after he was retired from 'chasing helped him considerably. http://www.drf.com/blogs/flatterer-and-friends
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Flatter us with a photo of this venerable champion.
commenting More than 1 year ago
Where's a picture?
Don Mcswain Jr. More than 1 year ago
have a signed print 44/450 priceless
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Flatterer - A shining example of a healthy, happy Horse. Here's to Owner Pape and to Trainer Sheppard and to all who had a hand in his care.