Scotus Get First Stakes Win
Three-year-old SCOTUS (Successful Appeal), a grandson of Seattle Slew, captured his stakes debut on June 18 when he took the $125,000 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) by one length at Churchill Downs. The dark bay/brown colt raced just off the pace, came out very wide in the final turn, rallied down the stretch and then held off a late challenge to win. He ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 over the good main track.
Scotus, who broke his maiden in his racing debut in March, now has a 5-2-1-2 career line and earnings of more than $120,000. Bred in Kentucky, Scotus is out of the winning, stakes-placed Seattle Slew mare Devine, who is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Lakeway. Devine's first foal is the unraced mare Val Marie (Coronado's Quest), who is the dam of Grade 2 winner Grand Adventure (Grand Slam). Devine's youngest foals include the unraced juvenile colt Diversification (Pleasant Tap), a yearling filly by Grand Slam (Gone West) and colt by Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker) born this spring.
Congratulations to Scotus, owner Peter Callahan, breeder Mike Rutherford, trainer Kenny McPeek, jockey Alan Garcia and the rest of the colt's connections. The Slew Crew wishes you continued success.