Champagne S. (gr. I)
(gr. I , 8f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Johannesburg Love Style , by Mr. Prospector
BAxel Wend, KY.; OScatuorchio, James T. and Tabor, Michael, B.; TTodd A. Pletcher
Nobiz Like Shobiz
Albert the Great Nightstorm , by Storm Cat
BElizabeth J. Valando, KY.; OElizabeth J. Valando; TBarclay Tagg
Fusaichi Pegasus Ride the Wind , by Meadowlake
BAshford Stud, KY.; OBaker, Robert C. and Mack, William L.; TD. Wayne Lukas
Margins: ¾, ½, 8¾. Others: My Golden Opinion 122($20,000) , Got the Last Laugh 122($12,000) , Xchanger 122($1,600) , I'm a Numbers Guy 122($1,600) , Buffalo Man 122($1,600) , Liquidity 122($1,600) , Big Timer 122($1,600) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.
Scat Daddy did more than just win the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 14 at Belmont Park. He most likely delivered himself into favoritism for the Nov. 4 Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Perhaps just as important is that he helped deliver his sire, Johannesburg, to the top of both the freshman and overall 2-year-old sires lists by progeny earnings. Scat Daddy’s $240,000 from the Champagne bumped Johannesburg’s total to $1.2 million.
Scat Daddy was bred in Kentucky by Axel Wend, and was consigned to the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale by Fergus Galvin and Adrian Regan’s Hunter Valley Farm, agent. Trainer Todd Pletcher bought him as agent for $250,000.
Pletcher and his father, J.J. Pletcher, were part-owners of Scat Daddy. Prior to the Champagne, each sold his 25% interest in the colt to Michael Tabor of Monaco. James Scatuorchio, who won the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga with Scat Daddy, owns the other half.
Tabor not only owns half-interest in Scat Daddy, but also owns another prominent 2-year-old, Circular Quay, with his wife, Doreen, who is Circular Quay’s breeder. Circular Quay beat Scat Daddy in winning the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, but was upset in the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) Oct. 7 at Keeneland.
Scat Daddy, who will continue to be trained at Belmont Park up to the Breeders’ Cup, possesses a sire line filled with Juvenile experience. Johannesburg captured the 2001 running to remain unbeaten and was voted divisional champion. His sire, Hennessy, was beaten a neck in 1995, and his grandsire, Storm Cat, lost by a nose 10 years earlier.
Scatuorchio has a top John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) contender in English Channel, who has won three grade I grass events, including the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 7 at Belmont Park in his last start. Scatuorchio also campaigns additional 2006 graded winners Ready to Please and Ready’s Gal.
Scat Daddy ‘s dam, Love Style, failed to race, but her dam, Likeable Style, was a grade I winner. A homebred for John and Betty Mabee’s Golden Eagle Farm, she won the Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) early in her 3-year-old season in 1993.
Love Style was sold at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale to Thoroughbred Advisory Group, agent, for $350,000. In foal to Johannesburg, she was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent. She produced a colt this year for Robert Raphaelson.
Johannesburg has sired additional 2006 added-money winners Hamoody (Eng-II), Rabatash (Ire-III), Fernando Po, and Marcavelly. Johannesburg stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. His 2006 fee was $25,000.—D.S.