For her first mating, back in 2020, we recommended Mission Good Karma for the first book of the multiple graded stakes-winning Scat Daddy son Flameaway. The foal from that pairing proved so nice that we are going to send Mission Good Karma back to Flameaway again in 2022.
As we noted in 2020, we are fans of Flameaway because he was extremely tough and versatile. He won from 2YO to 4YO, on dirt (fast and sloppy), turf and all-weather, from 4-1/2 furlongs to 1-1/16 miles, and often in front-running, stretch-battling style. He covered 183 mares in his first book, and another 137 last year in his second season at stud, and his first-crop weanlings last fall averaged more than 4x his $7,500 stud fee.
Interestingly, the nick rating for this matchup has actually improved since the first time we recommended it. Back then it was a “B+” on TrueNicks, but with additional graded stakes winners Tell Your Daddy and Anothertwistafate having appeared on cross, in addition to 2021 2YO stakes winner Her World, the nick is now good for an “A+” rating.
And this mating of Flameaway and Mission Good Karma continues to contain similarities to that which produced Scat Daddy’s Pretty N Cool (a winner at 2 of the Sorrento-G2 and Matron-G2, and at 4 of the Las Flores-G3) since Pretty N Cool’s dam is by a son of Unbridled’s Song and out of a mare by Forest Wildcat, while Mission Good Karma is by a son of Unbridled’s Song and out of a mare by a son of Forest Wildcat. And Forest Wildcat is also still the broodmare sire of Scat Daddy’s champion daughter Lady Aurelia.
Physically this is an excellent case of like-to-like, as both Flameaway and Mission Good Karma are well-balanced, medium-sized horses, and the speed she showed in her three 6-furlong victories will complement Flameaway’s talents well — and hopefully it produces another foal that’s just as impressive as the first!
Flameaway wins the G3 Sam F. Davis over Catholic Boy and Vino Rosso
Flameaway wins the G3 Bourbon Stakes