Virtually from the day that Scat Daddy died as an 11 year old in December 2015, the search began to find his rightful heir. He left five Gr.1-winning sons, of which the eldest is No Nay Never, who looks sure to end 2018 as Europe’s champion first-crop sire. His team of black-type winners in Europe and the U.S. is headed by the unbeaten Gr.1 winner Ten Sovereigns and impressive Gr.2 winner Land Force.
This bodes extremely well for Justify, who established himself as Scat Daddy’s outstanding son with a sequence of six victories which saw him develop into only the 13th American Triple Crown winner - and only the fifth since 1948.
He also won the Gr.1 Santa Anita Derby. In winning from seven furlongs to a mile and a half, Justify displayed an exceptional blend of speed and stamina, and he is also an exceptional physical specimen, with more strength and muscle than one expects to see in a classic winner over a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half.
There is every reason to expect Justify’s versatility to extend to his stallion career. Scat Daddy owes his current total of 39 Graded/Group winners in the northern hemisphere to no fewer than 38 different broodmare sires. This suggests that Justify will also work with a wide range of bloodlines. He also has the advantage that most of the important stallions in his pedigree, such as Storm Cat, Deputy Minister, A.P. Indy and Nijinsky, will be no closer than the fifth generation in his progeny’s pedigrees.
The exception is Mr Prospector, with the nearest of Justify’s three lines being in the fourth generation of his foals. There is still ample scope to add extra lines. Mares by ELUSIVE QUALITY, SPEIGHTSTOWN, MR GREELEY and GRAND SLAM should suit, especially when Scat Daddy sired the very successful No Nay Never from an ELUSIVE QUALITY mare. Much of Scat Daddy’s success in Chile was based on mares by Gone West’s son SEEKER’S REWARD, with the U.S. Gr.1 winner Dacita being an excellent example.
It was a grand-daughter of Forty Niner, by END SWEEP, who produced Scat Daddy’s very fast daughter Acapulco. Mares by DISTORTED HUMOR have obvious appeal.
Scat Daddy also sired Graded winners from mares by SMART STRIKE and his son CURLIN, and this route could reinforce Justify’s Triple Crown ability. Two other grandsons of MR PROSPECTOR which have done well with Scat Daddy are STREET CRY (broodmare sire of 2018 Gr.1 2yo winner Skitter Scatter) and THUNDER GULCH.
Scat Daddy has Graded winners from mares by UNBRIDLED’S SONG and his sons SONGANDAPRAYER and ROCKPORT HARBOR suggesting mares by EMPIRE MAKER, BROKEN VOW, PIONEEROF THE NILE and BODEMEISTER will also reinforce Justify’s classic ability.
Scat Daddy enjoyed Graded success with several mares from the SEATTLE SLEW line, siring Gr.1 winners from mares by his son HOUSTON and great-grandson SKY MESA. Sky Mesa is by PULPIT, as is TAPIT, whose daughters have made an encouraging start with Scat Daddy. TAPIT mares create 4x3 to PULPIT and 4x5 to MR PROSPECTOR, while mares by MINESHAFT, MALIBU MOON, CONGRATS and FLATTER create 5x3 to A.P.INDY and 4x4 to MR PROSPECTOR.
Scat Daddy owes several of his stakes winners, including a Gr.1 winner, to DANZIG line mares. Options include daughters of WAR FRONT, WAR CHANT, BELONG TO ME, BOUNDARY, EXCHANGE RATE and HONOR GRADES.
Scat Daddy proved tremendously effective as a sire of European turf horses, even though he raced exclusively on dirt - as did Justify. He is an exciting outcross for DANEHILL line mares, especially when that line has been the foundation of No Nay Never’s first crop success, including his Gr.1 winner Ten Sovereigns and Gr.2 winner Land Force.
Scat Daddy’s very fast daughter Lady Aurelia is inbred 4x3 to STORMCAT, (dam by FOREST WILDCAT). Storm Cat will be back in the fifth generation of Justify’s foals, so there is plenty of scope for more STORM CAT blood.
The EL PRADO branch of the Sadler’s Wells line is also attractive. Scat Daddy sired the Gr.1 winner Nickname from a grand-daughter of EL PRADO, so daughters of MEDAGLIA D’ORO and KITTEN’S JOY should be considered for Justify.
HOLY BULL mares did very well with Scat Daddy, notably producing the top sprinter Caravaggio.