HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Scat Daddy closed with a rush and
nosed out Stormello at the finish to win the Fountain of Youth
Stakes at Gulfsream Park on Saturday.
With the photo-finish victory, Scat Daddy gives trainer Todd
Pletcher a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby. Earlier,
Pletcher's King of the Roxy won the Hutcheson Stakes, another Derby
prep race, and the trainer finished with five winners on the day.
Nobiz Like Shobiz, the 2-1 favorite considered the top Derby
contender, finished third in the nine-horse field.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Scat Daddy won in 1:49.11 and paid
$13.80, $6.20 and $2.80. Stormello, who was sent cross-country to
take on the best in the East, paid $6.20 and $3. Nobiz Like Shobiz,
trained by Barclay Tagg, paid $2.10 to show.
Adore the Gold, who took a brief lead from pace-setter Stormello
at the top of the stretch, finished fourth.
Scat Daddy finished third behind Nobiz Like Shobiz in the Holy
Bull on Feb. 3.
In the 7½-furlong Hutcheson, King of the Roxy rallied in the
stretch and won by 2¼ lengths over Bold Start.
Ridden by Edgar Prado, King of the Roxy won in 1:28 and returned
$15.40 to win. Out of Gwedda, also trained by Pletcher, was third.
King of the Roxy, an Ohio-bred owned by Team Valor, finished
eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in his last start on Nov. 4.
The colt has won three of six starts and earned $90,000 to boost
his career bankroll to $316,400.
In other races, Corinthian beat Hesanoldsalt by a neck to
capture the Gulfstream Park Handicap, and Half Ours posted a
half-length victory over Park Avenue Ball in the Richter Scale BC