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Scatman Breezes Beneath the Twin Spires

| Churchill Downs | 04/06/2012 #
  • Scatman (right) runs second to Secret Circle in the second division of the Southwest at Oaklawn Park. Credit: Coady Photography

  • Mike Lauer, trainer of Scatman.

JEOG Racing LLC’s homebred Scatman, who finished third behind Secret Circle and Optimizer in the Rebel (Grade II) at Oaklawn Park on March 17, breezed six furlongs over a fast track at Churchill Downs on Friday morning in 1:13.20 for trainer Mike Lauer.

Working by himself after the renovation break, the bay son of Scat Daddy recorded fractions of :13.80, :26.40, :38.20, :50.80, 1:02.20 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25.60 under Shaun Bridgmohan.

“It was what we wanted,” Lauer said. “He worked well and came back in good order. I’m happy and Shaun is happy too.”

It is still undecided where Scatman will make his next start; however, Lauer said a decision will be made in the next few days.

“I need to sit down and talk to the owners before a final decision is made,” Lauer said. “I can say that it will be either the Blue Grass (GI at Keeneland on April 14) or the Lexington (GIII at Keeneland on April 21).”

Lauer noted that a good performance by Scatman in his next start could put him under serious consideration for the 138th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), which is to be run in just 29 days at Churchill Downs on May 5.

Bred in Kentucky by James and Mary O’Grady of JEOG Racing LLC, Scatman sports a career record of 2-2-1 from six lifetime starts and earnings of $160,566, including $100,000 in graded stakes earnings.

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