Scatman overtakes Jasizzle to win the Aristides at Churchill Downs.

Scatman overtakes Jasizzle to win the Aristides at Churchill Downs.

Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Scatman Scampers Home In Aristides

Bill Mott trainee closes to win grade III sprint on a sloppy Chuchill Downs surface.

Scatman, who has raced extensively on dirt, synthetic, and turf in his 16-race career, found Churchill Downs’ sloppy, sealed surface to his liking June 1 as he scampered home to win the $106,800 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) over four foes (VIDEO) .

Four-year-old Scatman scored his first stakes victory and broke a personal five-race losing streak since an allowance/optional claimer going one mile in an off-the-turf contest under the Twin Spires last November.
The Kentucky-bred son of Scat Daddy races as a homebred for JEOG Racing. He was on the Triple Crown trail last year, finishing third in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park before an off-the-board effort in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
After three stakes tries last winter proved fruitless, Scatman has recovered his mojo, running third in a pair of allowance heats this spring for conditioner Bill Mott.
Under Shaun Bridgmohan, Scatman settled off the Aristides pace set by defending race winner Rothko and Jasizzle, who raced a head apart through an opening quarter in :22.04 and half in :45.25.
That pair was still neck and neck turning into the stretch, but Scatman moved outside them on the turn and eventually grinded past them to score by a neck in 1:10.56 for the six furlongs. Jasizzle held second by 2 1/4 lengths over Rothko. Good Lord and St. Maximus Gato completed the order of finish.
Out of the Grand Slam mare Hit It Here Cafe, Scatman returned $9, $4.20, and $2.80 as the fourth-choice. Jasizzle paid $3.80 and $2.80 while Rothko was good for $2.40. The $2 exacta paid $30.80.
Scatman has now won five of 16 lifetime starts and $314,939.