Friday, January 09, 2009


OLDSMAR, Fla. (January 8, 2009) Blame it on Tuesday. That was the name of the pony trainer Joan Scott received from her parents when she was eight because, according to the conditioner, “My mom felt sorry for me riding the broom all over the house.”

>From those humble equine beginnings in her home town of Penn Laird, VA, Scott has toured the country and world working such prestigious sales as Deauville, in France, and Newmarket, in England, as well as exercising and breaking yearlings for top outfits like Juddmonte Farms, Fares Farm, Ashleigh Stud, England’s Stowell Hill Farm and Haras du Quesnay in France.

Clicking in with an exceptional five-for-six in-the-money finish rate with her trainees at Tampa Bay Downs this season, her fifth at the Oldsmar, Fla., oval, Scott is currently tied for fourth in the track’s trainer standings with 4 wins. One of the reasons for her instant success here could be the track’s surface, which she described as one of the best in the country.

“The track here is super,” Scott said. “I’ve worked all over the country from California to New York and this is a great track.” Scott’s Tampa success might be a little surprising considering she only took out her training license in 2002, but the girl has big time credentials. “I’ve been working with Thoroughbreds since 1990,” Scott said. “I’ve either galloped for or assisted [Hall of Famer] Buddy Delp; Elliot Walden, Carl Nafzger and Nick Zito. My biggest year was working for Zito at Belmont in 1996 when we had horses like Acceptable; Louis Quatorze; Love That Jazz; Diligence; and Storm Song.”

Scott said she’s had most of her current barn since they came off the farm. “That’s a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s like having your own kindergarten class. It’s a great feeling when you see the light come on and off they go. It’s so rewarding. You feel like they’ve grown up and understand what they’re here for.”

Prior to opening her own public training stable, Joan Scott compiled a list of accomplishments achieved during a long career in the horse industry. Scott began developing her love of horses early. "I grew up in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia showing and training horses and ponies. I showed hunters and jumpers, competed in point-to-points, hunter paces, and even raced my pony at the Foxfield Races in Charlottesville, Virginia - he whupped ’em! I then went on to show Saddlebreds, Arabians, and Morgans (English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, et c.) through the Mid Atlantic region, winning championships in several states."

Finish Lines… Jamie Ness, who has led the trainer standings at Tampa Bay Downs for the past two seasons, saddled two winners on today’s card to earn his seventh victory of the current meet. Ness took his first trip to the Winner’s Circle with Circumvent, a five-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Outflanker. Circumvent is owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds and was ridden to victory by Daniel Centeno. Ness got his second win of the day with Close the Deal; the Running Stag mare was bred in Florida by Adena Springs, is owned by Acclaimed Racing Stable and was booted home by Felix Ortiz.

Please note that there will be live racing at Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday, January 21.

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