7 year old gelding SPARTIATIS (Scat Daddy) started on the fence in the Tom Fool H. G3 at Aqueduct for owner/breeder C. Peter Beler. He stalked the early leader Chief Lion while racing to his inside, then quickly dropped back to race in fourth entering the far turn. He had his work cut out for him as Chief Lion kicked for home well clear, but kept on coming on the outside in the stretch to win going away.
“We’re [GI] Carter-bound [Apr. 8],” winning trainer Leon Blusiewiczsaid. “He’s really settled down a whole lot. He’s a different horse, if you just give him a chance.”
At Turfway, TROPHY GIRL (Warrior’s Reward) won her second race for Tracy Farmer and trainer Mike Maker. She has won half of her 4 lifetime starts.