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Scat Daddy, We Hardly Knew Ye

Like my fellow TBA bloggers, I find the retirement of Scat Daddy over a minor injury just a little too convenient. I have to agree entirely with Valerie that I don’t see the sense in breeding to a horse who raced so briefly by a sire who also couldn’t hack it as a three-year-old. It’s entirely possible that Scat Daddy might have proven himself to be a handy sprinter (maybe at 4? 5?) but given his inability to compete in a handful of races with what passes for distance horses in the US, he’s off to the shed before he adds some more losses to his record — hardly a glowing endorsement and I can’t fathom why anyone would pay big bucks to breed to him based on such a brief record; it makes no sense at all from an economic and/or common sense point of view. I must also concur with Alan — it almost would have been better if they’d just lied about the extent of his injury, rather than admit he’s got a minor issue that would take a number of weeks to recover from. That’s the ugly part.

If I owned some nice mares, I would certainly be looking far beyond the current fashions in US breeding (with a few exceptions, of course); given the spanking most US horses received at this year’s Dubai World Cup and the range of talent on display at Royal Ascot, it seems wise to look to European and Australian stallions, both for stayers and sprinters. Don’t get me started on Why I Don’t Like Shuttling, but it seems to me we could use an infusion of other genes from somewhere. Here’s hoping Polytrack might help in that regard…

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