Remembering Scat Daddy: ‘Capable Of Getting Every Type Of Good Horse’

Triple Crown winner Justify may have cemented the legacy of his sire Scat Daddy, but the late stallion’s international appeal has long been evident through European champions Caravaggio, Lady Aurelia and No Nay Never. Todd Pletcher, who trained Scat Daddy during his racing career, recalled his impressions of the horse in an interview at racingpost.com.

“I usually talk to my dad early in the mornings when I’m driving to work,” Pletcher said. “So, sometime in the middle of December I asked him if any of the yearlings were impressing him. He said at that time – and I don’t know if he had a name then – but he said ‘I think this colt [Scat Daddy] is probably the best horse we’ve ever had on the farm.’

“What impresses me so much is his versatility as a stallion. He got colts, he got fillies, he got turf, he got dirt. He got sprinters, he got Belmont winner – he was literally capable of getting every type of good horse that you could hope for.”

Scat Daddy stood at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud, and passed away unexpectedly at the age of 11 due to heart failure.

“Scat Daddy was a very straightforward and uncomplicated horse to work with, something that he seems to have passed on to his progeny, who seem to be calm and composed when it comes to the big, pressure-filled race days,” said Ashford’s Dermot Ryan.

Read more at racingpost.com.

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