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“Sell a stallion, and he’s sure to get hot,” is as true as it is well-worn. So, when Coolmore sold international champion juvenile Johannesburg (by Hennessy) to the Japan Bloodstock Breeders Association, the prospects that good things would happen for his remaining US offspring were evident. From his first sons at stud, Teuflesberg, Johannesburg had a grandson who proved one of the fastest in the 2012 crop of 3-year-olds, and in addition, Johannesburg also got a hot son here in Kentucky not long after he went on the long ride to Japan.

From Johannesburg’s first crop, Scat Daddy was a Grade 1 stakes winner at 2 who improved to win the G1 Florida Derby at 3. A big and good-looking horse with scope, Scat Daddy shows a fair amount of the imprint of his broodmare sire, Mr. Prospector. That could only make him more attractive to Kentucky breeders, and Scat Daddy was a very popular stallion with mare owners, who sent him large books of good mares.

From his early innings at stud, Scat Daddy has done well by everyone, including Coolmore, which stands the horse at its Kentucky operation, Ashford Stud, for $30,000 in 2013.

The dark bay horse was the leading freshman sire of 2011, with 29 winners and five stakes winners from the first crop being responsible for gross earnings of $1,521,410.

Scat Daddy has followed up that opening round with a very good 2012 record that shows 61 winners and six stakes winners for gross earnings of $5,721,752. That places him second among second-crop sires and 36th among all sires in North America.

The stallion’s most successful runners include multiple G1 winner Lady of Shamrock (Del Mar Oaks, American Oaks) and a trio of Derby winners: Handsome Mike (Pennsylvania Derby), Daddy Long Legs (UAE Derby), and Daddy Nose Best (Sunland Park Derby).

To date, the runners by Scat Daddy are showing an expected turn of speed and good early maturity, but they are also indicating that they have soundness and the ability to improve with distance, which will make him all the more attractive to breeders in the future.

Scat Daddy is the covering sire of eight mares in the first book of the Keeneland January sale: 87, 154, 189, 275, 361, 367, 374, 448, 671, and 699. Hip 154 is Rockin Heather, a stakes-placed half-sister to G1 winner Killer Graces, who sold for $140,000; and 374 is Follow Your Bliss, the dam of Daddy Nose Best, who is carrying a full sibling on a June 6 cover and was bought back for $50,000.

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