Scorpion, en route to victory in the Jim Dandy.

Scorpion, en route to victory in the Jim Dandy.

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Scorpion to Stand at Vinery

Four-year-old Scorpion, one of 28 grade/group I-winning offspring of Seattle Slew, has been purchased by Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery for stallion duty. Scorpion scored his major win in last year's Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga over Congaree and A P Valentine in the good time of 1:48.90 for 1 1/8 miles.

"He's a good-looking horse, he's by Seattle Slew, and is from a successful Harbor View family, responsible for successful sires Belong to Me and Premiership," said Vinery general manager Bates Newton.

Bred by W Lazy T, Scorpion won first time out in :57.63 for five furlongs as a 2-year-old at Belmont Park, then placed in the Tremont (gr. III), Sanford (gr. II), Saratoga Special (gr. II), and Futurity (gr. I) Stakes in consecutive starts in New York. He captured three races the following year and concluded his racing career with four wins from 19 starts and earnings of $555,749 while racing for Robert Baker, David Cornstein, and William Mack.

Scorpion, whose second dam, Affirmatively, was bred by Louis and Patrice Wolfson of Harbor View Farm in partnership with Ethel Jacobs, traces back in female family to the great foundation mare La Troienne. His third dam is champion Straight Deal.

Scorpion, who was produced from the Chief's Crown mare Petiteness, is scheduled to arrive at Vinery near Lexington June 29 from trainer D. Wayne Lukas' barn at Belmont Park. Plans call for him to be partially syndicated and a fee will be announced at a later date.