Scat Daddy

Scat Daddy

Asuncion Pineyrua/Ashford Stud

Pedigree Analysis: Scat Daddy

Scat Daddy has been represented by 8 Northern Hemisphere 2yo stakes winners in 2015.

In the last 15 years no other stallions had matched the total of eight U.S.-sired juvenile stakes winners—a figure that may have been a modern-day record—achieved by Storm Cat in 2002 and Stravinsky in 2003. Among those who have ended the year with seven juvenile stakes winners in the period, Bernstein was a son of Storm Cat, and Johannesburg, a grandson, while the father-son duo of Southern Halo (seven in 2005) and More Than Ready  (seven in 2012) also provided some male line continuity.

With those names in mind, it’s interesting that Scat Daddy, a son of Johannesburg, and a great-grandson of Storm Cat, was represented by his seventh and eighth Northern Hemisphere 2-year-old stakes winners of 2015 when Surfside Tiara, captured the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita Oct. 11 and Get Jets won the Sleepy Hollow Stakes for New York-breds Oct. 24 at Belmont Park.

Get Jets’ victory was the fifth by a Scat Daddy juvenile in the month of October, following those of Nickname in the Oct. 3 Frizette Stakes (gr. I), Harmonize in the Oct. 7 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT), Surfside Tiara, and Pretty N Cool’s Matron Stakes (gr. II) tally Oct. 18. Scat Daddy’s other current juvenile stakes winners are Acapulco, who captured the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot and ran second against older males in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I); Conquest Daddyo, successful in the Summer Stakes (Can-IIT); and Azar, who took the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) and was second in the Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT).

Should Scat Daddy surpass Storm Cat’s total, it will doubtless be pointed out that Scat Daddy’s 2013 U.S. foal crop numbers 154, against the 85 foals that represented Storm Cat in 2002, but it should also be pointed out that Scat Daddy’s current 2-year-olds were sired at a fee of just $17,500, as opposed to Storm Cat’s stud fee of $500,000. Scat Daddy’s current bumper crop is a direct result of the bright start he made to his stud career, taking the 2011 freshmen sire title in a battle to the wire with Hard Spun .

As one might expect, Scat Daddy himself was a precocious 2-year-old, winning three of five starts, including the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) and Champagne Stakes (gr. I) and finishing second in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). He showed another dimension at 3, and started as third choice behind Street Sense  and Curlin  for the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), following victories in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) and Florida Derby (gr. I), but finished 18th, emerging with a career-ending injury. He’s now sired 35 Northern Hemisphere stakes winners, 20 graded, including other grade I winners Lady of Shamrock and No Nay Never.

As far as Surfside Tiara is concerned, it’s not only the Storm Cat male line through Scat Daddy and Johannesburg that connects her to leading sires of 2-year-old stakes winners, but she’s out of Starlight Tiara, a daughter of More Than Ready, and as mentioned More Than Ready and his sire, Southern Halo, are two of the sires this century who’ve had seven U.S.-sired juvenile stakes winners in a season.

Surfside Tiara’s distaff pedigree is also something of a family affair. Storm Cat—for more than 20 years the pride of W.T. Young’s Overbrook Farm—was out of the famed Secretariat mare Terlingua, and in direct female line, Surfside Tiara also goes back to a Secretariat mare owned by Overbrook, in the shape of Railbird Stakes (gr. III) winner Cinegita. Bred to Storm Bird (the sire of Storm Cat), Cinegita produced Storm Star, a three-quarter relative to Storm Cat, who was successful in England’s Pritchard Services Cherry Hinton Stakes (Eng-III) at 2. Born four years after Storm Star, her sister Starlet Storm won twice in two starts, but has been a more important producer, her offspring including Flanders, champion 2-year-old filly (herself dam of champion Surfside and grade II winner Battle Plan). Surfside Tiara’s granddam, Circle of Gold, is a sister to Flanders, and through Circle of Gold, the family had achieved a major update when Air Force Blue—by War Front out of Circle of Gold’s stakes-placed Maria’s Mon daughter Chatham—scored a brilliant victory in the group I Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, his third straight win at that level.

Surfside Tiara herself has a complex pedigree. Not only are the three-quarters related Storm Cat and Starlet Storm 4x3 at the top and bottom of the pedigree, but Scat Daddy is a Storm Cat/Mr. Prospector cross, where Surfside Tiara’s granddam is by Mr. Prospector out of Starlet Storm. To cap it off, Scat Daddy’s dam is by Mr. Prospector out of a mare by Nijinsky II, a horse with several pedigree similarities to Storm Bird, sire of Storm Cat and Starlet Storm.