09/07/2017 1:10PM

Final yearlings for Scat Daddy, Smart Strike figure to be hot tickets

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Barbara D. Livingston
Scat Daddy's final foals are yearlings on offer this season.

Scat Daddy died in 2015 at age 11 as his star was still on the rise – and a sense of urgency to acquire his offspring was obvious the following fall. His son Mendelssohn, now a winner in Ireland, topped the Keeneland September yearling sale at $3 million.

The demand will be even higher this year for offspring of Scat Daddy, who is represented by many top runners posthumously. He and the late leading sire Smart Strike are among the stallions with their final yearlings on the market this year.

Scat Daddy stood at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky and shuttled to Australia and Chile at times during his stud career. At the time of Scat Daddy’s death, Dermot Ryan, manager of Ashford Stud, called him “a smashing horse [who had] a great career ahead of him.”

Scat Daddy has continued to rank among North America’s top sires, and his Grade 1/Group 1 winners on the track this year alone include 2016 European champion Lady Aurelia, former Chilean champion Dacita, and multiple Group 1 winner Caravaggio.

Scat Daddy averaged a price of $366,666 at the recent Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, led by $800,000 and $600,000 fillies. Scat Daddy covered 217 mares in 2015, the second most in North America, and has 83 yearlings from his resulting final crop cataloged at the Keeneland September yearling sale, and five at the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase. His 11 yearlings in the elite Book 1 catalog at Keeneland include a full sister to Caravaggio, consigned by Paramount Sales.

Two-time leading sire Smart Strike stood at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky and was euthanized there in spring 2015 at age 23. His career highlights included two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, now a prominent classic sire, and additional Eclipse Award champions English Channel, Lookin At Lucky, and My Miss Aurelia.

“Smart Strike became my favorite stallion,” said Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Farm, which campaigned Curlin and My Miss Aurelia in partnership.

At the time of Smart Strike’s death, he had covered five mares that season, resulting in a crop of four foals. His final yearling to sell at the Keeneland September sale will be a colt out of the A.P. Indy mare Cascading, consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sale Agency. Stakes winner Cascading, from the outstanding family of classic producer Better Than Honour, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Dreaming and stakes winner Treasuring, both by Smart Strike.

Other prominent sires represented by final-crop yearlings this season include Claiborne Farm’s Arch (28 at Keeneland, 1 at Fasig-Tipton), Three Chimneys’s Exchange Rate (40 at Keeneland, 6 at Fasig-Tipton), and Three Chimneys’s Yes It’s True (17 at Keeneland).

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