'Toddlers' Scat Daddy, Circular Quay Breeze

(from Saratoga notes)
Scat Daddy and Circular Quay, a pair of trainer Todd Pletcher's "Toddlers," slated to run in Monday's $250,000 Hopeful (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs, both worked on the main track at Saratoga Thursday morning.

James Scatuorchio's Scat Daddy breezed four furlongs in :49 4/5, after an opening quarter-mile in :24 4/5. The son of Johannesburg galloped out five furlongs in 1:02 3/5.

Scat Daddy has won both of his career starts, breaking his maiden by 5 ¼ lengths at Belmont Park in June and then prevailing over a game Teuflesberg to take the Sanford (gr. II) by a neck.

Michael Tabor's Circular Quay will be making his first start in New York after going undefeated in two races at Churchill Downs, including a 1 ¼-length victory in the Bashford Manor (gr. III). He breezed five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 in company with maiden Pleasant Strike.

"We were just trying to stretch their legs a little bit four days out," Pletcher said. "We're excited about these horses not only for the Hopeful, but for bigger races down the road. They both seem like the kind of colts that will improve with added distance."

Scat Daddy has shown he likes to race close to the pace in both his starts while Circular Quay has come from farther back in his victories.

"Scat Daddy will probably be close," Pletcher said. "I don't think he'll be on the lead. It looks like there are one or two other speed horses in there. Circular Quay is pretty versatile and you can do whatever you want with him, but I'd envision him coming from off the pace."

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