For many years, unraced sons of prominent stallions have filled the stallion ranks of regional markets alongside runners who topped out under grade 1-winning status. Throughout North America over the past few decades one could count on finding, depending on the era, untested sons of Mr. Prospector, Storm Cat, and A.P. Indy servicing mares outside of Kentucky.
Today, sons of Scat Daddy are in high demand, especially given the premature demise of that stallion just as his early crops were succeeding at the racetrack. In Kentucky, such notable sons as Triple Crown winner Justify and grade 1 winner Mendelssohn (both at Ashford Stud, where Scat Daddy stood) will enter stud in 2019, Justify for $150,000 and Mendelssohn for $35,000.
In the regional market of Maryland, the unraced Scat Daddy colt No Never No More will begin his stud career in 2019 with considerably less fanfare, but at a considerably lower price. Owner Irwin Olian, who tried to get No Never No More to the races without success after the colt contracted equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), decided to send him to stud at Faith Leatherman’s Winding Creek Farm near Union Bridge, Md. No Never No More, who will be 4 in 2019, will stand for just a $350 booking fee.
By pedigree, No Never No More represents interesting value. He is out of the Tiznow mare Whosetheclownnow, which makes him a three-quarter brother to leading first-crop European sire No Nay Never. Whosetheclownnow is a half sister to No Nay Never’s dam, Cat’s Eye Witness, both out of Comical Cat. No Nay Never has sired group 1 winner Ten Sovereigns and grade 2 winner Land Force, along with additional black-type victors All The King’s Men, Mae Never No, No Needs Never, and Servalan.
“Nobody’s heard of No Never No more, but he’s got a phenomenal pedigree,” said Olian, who stands Mobile Bay and Lone Star Special in Louisiana. “He just couldn’t make it back from EPM, but he has the genes and the look.”
Noted Leatherman, who trains at Pimlico in addition to owning and operating Winding Creek Farm, “He’s a lovely mover who floats across the ground. He’s a good-looking horse with a good frame, and is very classy to be around. In addition, he’s incredibly smart, and hopefully he passes that on.
“I’m a person who believes there’s something special to a horse’s eye, and I have a gut feeling about this horse that tells me he’s something special. Right now in Maryland we have fantastic bonuses for breeders. For people who can’t afford a big stallion fee, they can get to some excellent pedigree and have a good Maryland-bred if they leave the horse here.”