Grand Daddy in Scat Daddy’s Footprints

When Scat Daddy died prematurely last December, aged just fourteen, it was a huge loss not just for his home Ashford Stud but for all breeding in America North and South – he shuttled on the regular basis to Haras Paso Nevado, Chile. His achievements in South America inspired in 2012 another Chilean breeder, Haras Mocito Guapo, to hire his full brother Grand Daddy. This decision is bearing fruit right now.

Gran Carboncillo, the first G1 winner by Grand Daddy

While the winner of the Champagne Stakes (Gr.1) and Florida Derby (Gr.1) Scat Daddy was a great star on the racecourse, his two years younger brother had a more modest career. He debuted only as a three-year-old by winning a maiden race; half a year later, in late January 2010 aged four, he placed for the first time in a black-type race when he finished second in the Forego Stakes at Turfway Park. A year later he was fourth in the same race and another year later he beat Tend by a neck to win his only black-type race by which he ended his racing career.

A few months after that Grand Daddy covered first mares at Haras Mocito Guapo and their progeny show today that a lack of racing career at two does not limit Grand Daddy in his production of precocious horses – a performance similar to his successful older brother. Although the racing in Chile cannot be compared to North America, Grand Daddy walks in Scat Daddy’s footsteps as far as the success rate of his progeny is concerned. The peak of his achievements came this Saturday when in the Clasico Tanteo de Potrillos (Gr.1), the most important Chilean race for two-year-old colts, his progeny Grand Carboncillo and Big Daddy took the first two positions. For Grand Carboncillo this was also a revenge for another Chilean major race for two-year-olds, Gran Premio Criadores (Gr.2), in which he lost to Big Daddy and also to the runner up Rey Daddy, also by Gran Daddy, who had the unique score of having sired the first three horses at the finish. Thanks to these three colts Grand Daddy heads the first crop sire championship, as well as the two-year-old sire championship.

Group winners Gran Carbonillo and Big Daddy are first two black-type winners by Grand Daddy and four more of his progeny placed in black-type races. Besides the above mentioned Rey Daddy, three fillies acquired the black-type status – Daenerys who finished second in the Gr. 2 Gran Premio Criadores - Salvator Hess Riveros, Daida, runner up in the Premio Clasico Juan Cavieree Mella and Dantzel, who finished third in the listed Premio Alberto Vial Letelier.

Johannesburg’s sons - sires of black type winners

Stallion, YOB To Stud BTW/G1W
  SCAT DADDY (USA), 2004 2008 73/18
  TEUFLESBERG (USA), 2004 2008 4/1
  JUPITER PLUVIUS (USA), 2005 2010 3/1
  DIAMOND TYCOON (USA), 2004 2009 2/1
  GRAND DADDY (USA), 2006 2012 2/1
  TURFFONTEIN (AUS), 2004 2010 2/0
  SAGEBURG (IRE), 2004 2009 2/0
  FERNANDO PO (USA), 2004 2009 1/1
  MARCAVELLY (USA), 2004 2009 1/0

Grand Daddy is, therefore, not just a promising brother of the exceptionally talented but unfortunately dead Scat Daddy but he can serve as another example of the two-year-old unbeaten champion and the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Johannesburg to produce excellent stallions. As the table shows, Grand Daddy is already his sixth son who has managed to produce a Gr.1 winner. Most of Johannesburg’s sons – Gr. 1 stallions – are or were based in South America: from Chile (Scat Daddy as a shuttle stallion, Diamond Tycoon and Grand Daddy) to Venezuela (Jupiter Pluvius) to Uruguay (Fernando Po). As is evident, Grand Daddy found the best place to show his talent.  

Miloslav Vlček

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