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Matts Scooter Pensioned


Published: May 7, 2011 8:20 am ET

Last Comment: May 7, 2011 1:54 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Hall of Fame Standardbred Matts Scooter has been reportedly retired from stud duty after a 22-year breeding career.

"His libido is willing, but with his hind suspensory, we're afraid he could hurt himself climbing on the phantom to breed," Perretti Farms' Bob Marks told, who confirmed that despite the weak hind suspensory, Matts Scooter, 26, is still in good health for a horse his age.

Matts Scooter has stood at Perretti his entire stud career. He currently boasts 11 sub-1:50 performers and five millionaires, with total earnings for Matts Scooter's offspring exceeding $74 million.

Campaigned and owned by 2011 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame nominee Charles Juravinski along with Gord and the late Illa Rumpel, Matts Scooter was voted Horse of the Year by the USTA in 1989 and was Canada's Horse of the Year in both 1988 and 1989. The son of Direct Scooter-Ellens Glory also earned champion 3-year-old and pacer of the year awards in 1988 and '89 by the USTA.

Matts Scooter - 1988 Confederation Cup

Matts Scooter was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1992 and the U.S. Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in 2006.

May 7, 2011 - 1:54 pmWow, look at the crowd

Peter Smith SAID...

Wow, look at the crowd standing watching from the BACKSTRETCH! Great, great days and a great horse. Be well in retirement, big fella.

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