Lost And Found Presented By LubriSYN: Fifteen Years After Famous Jostle, Scrappy T Is Thriving

Many Thoroughbreds are remembered more for their dramatic defeats than for their exceptional achievements. Arguably the most well-known is Thunder Snow (IRE) who bucked his way to notoriety shortly after the start of the 2017 Kentucky Derby (Grade 1).

Unlike Thunder Snow who incredibly remained paired with his jockey and came to a halt, Bodexpress launched his pilot when the gates opened in the 2019 Preakness Stakes (G1) and ran with the field throughout the race. Those escapades transformed Bodexpress into an internet sensation.

In less spectacular style, Scrappy T became known as the rival who swerved in front of Afleet Alex and caused him to go to his knees on the final turn of 2005 Preakness. Afleet Alex miraculously went on to win, Scrappy T was the runner-up, and from there they went their separate ways. Afleet Alex closed his career three weeks later with a victory in the Belmont Stakes (G1) and these days he continues his productive stallion career at Gainesway Farm in Lexington.

After the Preakness, Scrappy T finished second in the Indiana Derby (G2) and Discovery Handicap (G3) before closing his sophomore season that was highlighted by his Withers Stakes (G3) score three weeks before the Preakness. On the sidelines for more than two years, Scrappy T was unplaced in four starts as a 6-year-old. Bred in Kentucky by Upson Downs Farm, the son of Fit to Fight was trained throughout his 17 starts by W. Robert Bailes. Scrappy T had a 3-7-2 record and banked $645,919 for Marshall Dowell, who purchased him as two-year-old for $35,000 at the 2004 Ocala Breeders Sales April auction.

A footnote in Triple Crown history, Scrappy T was reschooled as a pleasure mount and reportedly was used in foxhunting and then ridden sparingly. The sturdy dark bay gelding still had plenty of usefulness left when then-college student Jamee Albright was casually seeking an off-track Thoroughbred about four years ago. She was told of one that “needed a job” and agreed to take him.

An accomplished all-around horsewoman, Albright was well versed in Thoroughbreds but less familiar with racing history. After Scrappy T was shipped to Jamee and her twin sister Alexis, she saw his name on the paperwork and looked up his background.

“I had no idea he was famous,” she said.

Somehow Scrappy T knows that he is no ordinary equine and with kindly confidence he sends that message to his pasture mates. He is fond of humans especially those with goodies.

A behind-the-ears view of Scrappy T as he participated in a local Christmas parade

“He knows he is the old man and he bosses the other horses in his pasture,” Jamee said. “Around people, he begs for treats. He is very quiet and he loves people.”

Scrappy T’s class shone when he was asked to perform under saddle.

“Alexis rode him for the first time,” Jamee said. “He is very powerful but does not act like a racehorse. He is very laidback. You would never know he raced. He has very good movement—a nice stride that is very consistent. He is very balanced. There were no issues at all when we first started riding him.”

Scrappy T, at right, shares a snack with pasturemates

Scrappy T arrived mostly blind in his left eye which eventually caused pain and head shaking. After the eye was removed, a relieved Scrappy T returned to normal. He participates in hunter/jumper shows and is docile enough to be ridden in street parades. He resides in Suffolk, Va., on a 150-acre boarding barn for all breeds that is owned by the Albrights’ grandparents.

They grew up in that equine-centric environment of mostly American Quarter Horses, Arabians and Warmbloods before a barn was leased to longtime Thoroughbred aftercare specialist Lisa Molloy. The Albrights fine-tuned their horsemanship with the steady stream of ex-racers that passed through the program.

After graduating two years ago with a psychology degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, Jamee turned to horses full time, including preparing young Thoroughbreds for racing. She offers words of wisdom for those considering off-track Thoroughbreds.

“Thoroughbreds take time and patience because they all have different personalities and different needs,” she said. “Before taking one in, think of the responsibilities, your farm set-up and what you want to do. In some ways, they require more maintenance that other horses but in the end you will get more from them.”

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