Matt's Scooter, the sire of the winners of more than $72.1 million, has been retired from stud duty after a breeding career of 22 years at Perretti Farms in New Jersey. According to Bob Marks of Perretti Farms, the 26-year-old son of Direct Scooter is in good health for his age, but has a weak hind suspensory.
"His libido is willing, but with his hind suspensory, we're afraid he could hurt himself climbing on the phantom to breed," said Marks.
Matt's Scooter is the sire of the millionaires Mach Three p,3, 1:49 ($2,170,255), Royal Mattjesty p, 1:48.4 ($1,652,730), Mystical Maddy p,4, 1:50 ($1,436,325) and His Mattjesty p,3, 1:51 ($1,038,861) along with scores of stakes winners. As a broodmare sire his credits include Glowing Report, American Ideal and Shadow Play.
Matt's Scooter has been leased by Perretti Farms during his breeding career and is owned by Gord Rumpel and his late wife Illa's estate, along with Charles Juravinski. The Rumpels and Juravinski campaigned the horse on the racetrack.
In other news from Perretti Farms, Classic Star, a sister to Bettor's Delight and pacing Triple Crown champion No Pan Intended, has given birth to her first colt, by Rocknroll Hanover.
"This colt was virtually born pacing," said Marks. "When he moved from one side of the foaling stall to the other, he was truly pacing!"
Marks said the colt has already been named Snyderman, in honor of Jeffrey Snyder, who campaigned Rocknroll Hanover and also raced Classic Star and sold her to Perretti Farms.
Perretti also has a yearling filly out of Classic Star (and by Rocknroll Hanover), named Classic Rock, that it plans to sell at Harrisburg this fall.