Scat Daddy Colt Sells for $400,000 at OBS
by Deirdre B. Biles
Date Posted: 3/15/2011 3:36:22 PM
Last Updated: 3/15/2011 3:44:38 PM

Hip# 137; colt, Scat Daddy - Madagascat by Tale of the Cat brought $400,000 during the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
Photo: Joseph DiOrio

A Scat Daddy   colt brought $400,000 around 2 p.m. EDT March 15  during the opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

The final bid was made by a group of Japanese, who declined to comment because one member of the party said, it “wouldn’t be right” in light of the situation in Japan, where a huge earthquake and tsunami have caused widespread damage. The name on the sale ticket was KK Eishindo.

A member of his sire’s first crop, the bay juvenile worked an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5 before the sale, sharing the fastest time for the distance with three other juveniles in the auction. He is out of the Tale of the Cat   mare Madagascat, who was unplaced in two races but is a half sister to grade III winner Lindsay Jean (by Saint Ballado), and added-money winners Honour Colony (by Honour and Glory) and Crozet (by Charismatic). Other family members include European champion and successful sire Storm Bird, Canadian champion Northernette, grade III winner Indian Ocean, and Japanese stakes winner Biwa Shinseiki,

Machmer Hall bred the colt  in Kentucky. Craig and Carrie Brogden operate the Bluegrass State farm in partnership with Carrie’s mother, Sandy Willwerth.

“We had a very reasonable reserve on him so all the people who had vetted him and had $100,000 to $125,000 took their shots, and then the big guns came out, ” Carrie Brogden said. “I’m absolutely blown away; I’m thrilled. Honestly, with what’s going on the world, it’s a blessing he brought that much, and the fact that the Japanese bought him, after everything that has happened in that country, is unbelievable. If I were in Japan at a horse sale and my countrymen were dealing with a huge earthquake in California, it would weigh so heavy on my heart.”

The colt was scheduled to be offered by Bluewater Sales, agent, during last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction, but was scratched.

“Candidly, he had a little sesamoiditis in a front ankle and I was afraid to spend all the money to ship him and for all that other stuff and then have him be under pinpoint scrutiny,” Brogden said. “We turned him out and he did not see the inside of a barn from the time we decided not to sell him until September. We X-rayed him and the seasamoiditis was gone, so he was good to go.”

Albert Davis’ Old South Farm, agent, consigned the colt to the OBS March auction.

“I’m absolutely shocked by the price,” Brogden said. “Everybody told me they thought he would bring $250,000. Albert did a great job with him.”

She added that Kentucky-based horseman James Keogh planned the colt’s mating.

Irish agent Demi O’Byrne was the immediate underbidder.

“I’m over the moon,” Brogden said. “I literally love the Scat Daddys that we have. I absolutely love them. I hope he becomes a special sire. He throws a bigger hip (in his offspring) than his sire, Johannesburg, does, so they have more of a dirt feel to them. Every one that we’ve dealt with has had very good vetting in general and a great brain.”



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