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Monday, June 25, 2007

Tabor Scats With Scat Daddy

- Scat Daddy has been retired due to a minor injury.

"Our vets told us he would need 90 days rest, so we would have run out of time to get him back for the major races this year, and the decision was made to retire him to stud," Pletcher said. [Daily Racing Form]
Reader Hawken, who gets a hat tip for alerting me to this story, asks incredulously: What on earth are they planning to get at stud for this horse!

Well, we recently took a look at Friends Lake, who commands $15,000. While Friends Lake has only the Grade 1 Florida Derby on his resume, Scat Daddy, in addition to winning that race, also won the Grade 1 Champagne, and the G2 Sanford and Fountain of Youth. Scat Daddy, as a son of Johannesburg, is not by an already proven sire of sires, as Friends Lake (by AP Indy) is; and the latter, being free of Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector whilst Scat Daddy has close-up inbreeding to Mr. P, may be a better fit for more mares. But between the four graded stakes wins, and being by a son of a son of Storm Cat out of a Mr. Prospector daughter of Grade 1 winner Likeable Style, I imagine his stud fee will be at least as much as that of Friends Lake and probably more. It's fine to give Michael Tabor some credit for sportsmanship for running Rags to Riches in the Belmont; but this is a reminder that his racing decisions are generally determined by the bottom line.

- Patrick over at Pulling Hair and Betting Horses has helpfully compiled videos of all five of Invasor's U.S. races, plus his win in the Dubai World Cup earlier this year. I had a little fun clicking the 'play' button on all of them simultaneously and listening to the cacophany of race calls, which includes one in Spanish of one of his wins in Uruguay. If that proves to be overwhelming for you, just read this snoozefest by Haskin in Bloodhorse.
Because his craving for mints had gotten out of hand over the winter, Dianne was asked by assistant trainer Artie Magnuson, with whom we had become friendly, to refrain from giving him any, sticking to carrots only...





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Oh sorry. New Jersey racetracks are getting ready to go back to Atlantic City with their palms opened wide when negotiations with the casinos on a new subsidy are expected to begin over the summer. In 2004, the casinos agreed to pay $86 million in subsidies to Monmouth, the Meadowlands, and Freehold over four years to compensate them for the fact that they won't let them have slots. That of course was before Pennsylvania, and before Yonkers; and the latter is absolutely killing the Meadowlands, which is racing only four days a week during what is normally their peak season right now.
“The Casino Association of New Jersey is unanimously opposed to VLTs,” said Joseph A. Corbo Jr., the president of the trade group that represents Atlantic City's gaming halls. [Press of Atlantic City]
The casinos claim that the 1976 referendum which permitted casinos in AC barred the institution of any other gambling. Except lotteries, I guess. The state promised a fair and stable tax rate and an operating environment that limited gaming solely to Atlantic City.

That, of course, has not prevented Harrah's from opening a racino at Chester Downs in Pennsylvania, which is far closer to Atlantic City than the Meadowlands, so the hypocrisy of the casinos' stance is clear. The tracks have proposed that Atlantic City interests could operate the VLT parlors and share in the proceeds, but their opposition remains firm thus far.

- Lava Man will carry 124 pounds on Saturday when he tries to win the Hollywood Gold Cup for the third year in a row.
Seven other older horses are considered probable for the Gold Cup, topped by Mervyn LeRoy winner Molengao. Second to Lava Man in the Santa Anita Handicap in March, Molengao will carry 120 pounds.

Among those also expected to enter Wednesday morning are My Creed (117), A.P. Arrow (116), A.P. Xcellent and Wilko (115), Big Booster (113) and Mr. Splash (112). [LA Times]

2 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Ok, not the most interesting article but not a snoozefest. He tried to endear a horse that probably no one outside the horse's connections has compelling feelings about. Barring this injury, he was probably the horse of the year again this year.
-DR

Handride said...

Thanks for the plug. I see you posted a Scat Daddy video, really leaves a bad taste in my mouth, i start to think that the connections know that the best is in his past and not in his future, sort of like Valerie talks about.