Updated on 12/21/2015 10:06AM

Successful sire Scat Daddy dies suddenly at 11

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Barbara D. Livingston
Ashford Stud's Scat Daddy died at age 11.

The prominent young sire Scat Daddy died of a suspected cardiac event Monday at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. The son of Johannesburg was 11.

"Scat Daddy was in the best of health, but totally unexpectedly, he dropped dead when walking out of his paddock,” Ashford manager Dermot Ryan said. “Everyone here at Ashford is very upset as he was a smashing horse with a great career ahead of him.”

Scat Daddy won multiple graded stakes in both seasons he raced for owner James Scatuorchio and trainer Todd Pletcher, taking the Grade 1 Champagne and Grade 2 Sanford as a juvenile and the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth as a 3-year-old. He finished unplaced in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, the final start of his career. In all, he captured five of nine starts, earning more than $1.3 million.

From five crops of racing age to date, Scat Daddy’s progeny has earned more than $32.3 million and won 70 stakes, led by multiple Grade 1 winner Lady of Shamrock, Group 1 winner No Nay Never, and multiple graded stakes winners such as Daddy Long Legs, Handsome Mike, Daddy Nose Best, Frac Daddy, and Dice Flavor.

Scat Daddy leads the North American general sire list by stakes winners and ranks second on the juvenile sire list by earnings, trailing only Coolmore’s breakout freshman sire, Uncle Mo. Scat Daddy’s season was led by the multiple graded stakes winner El Kabeir, who is targeting the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita next week; Grade 1 winner Nickname; and multiple graded stakes winner Pretty N Cool.

Scat Daddy also was a popular shuttle sire for Coolmore, finishing as the leading sire in Chile in 2013 and 2014. He is the sire of champions Il Campione, Dacita, Solaria, and El Bromista in that country. Dacita, now based in the U.S., was a graded stakes winner at Saratoga this year to bolster her sire’s résumé.

Scat Daddy stood the 2015 breeding season for a fee of $35,000 and was scheduled to stand for $100,000 in 2016.