Scatter the Gold Denied in Breeders' Stakes

Scatter the Gold Denied in Breeders' Stakes
Photo: ©Michael Burns
Lodge Hill wins the Canadian Breeders' Stakes, 2000, Mike Smith up.
Scatter the Gold's bid to follow in his mother's footsteps by sweeping the Canadian Triple Crown fell a little over three lengths short Saturday as the Sam-Son Farm's homebred finished third in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine. The Todd Pletcher-trained Lodge Hill earned the win, completing the 1 1/2-mile turf race, run over firm turf, in 2:28.97. Master Stuart finished three lengths back in second, a neck in front of 3-5 favorite Scatter the Gold. Allende was another neck back in fourth, followed by For Our Sake and Red Satin Slippers. Pete's Sake was eased and did not finish.

Lodge Hill finished sixth in the Queen's Plate, crossing the wire 16 1/2 lengths behind Scatter the Gold. The 3-year-old son of Cozzene earned his first career win in his next start, winning a 1 1/4-mile maiden turf race at Belmont Park in July. Owned by Eugene Melnyk and R Bristow Farm, the Breeders' Stakes win is the second career win for Lodge Hill from seven starts. Lodge Hill was bred in Ontario by Pierre Levesque and was ridden to victory by Mike Smith.

The second wagering choice, Lodge Hill returned $9, $5.10, and $3. The winning exacta combination paid $45.50. (Chart, Equibase)

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