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matt's scooter

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p,2,1:58.1f; 3,T1:48.2
Direct Scooter
Ellen's Glory
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Meadow Skipper

Matt's Scooter was 1988 Pacer of the Year and 1989 Horse of the Year. He retired as the world's fastest Standardbred, by virtue of his astounding time-trial of 1:48.2 at Lexington's Red Mile, and as the second-leading money-winning pacer of all time with earnings of $2,944,591.

At two, Matt's Scooter won two legs of the Blue Bonnets Series and was second in the final. At three, he won the Messenger Stake, Meadowlands Pace, Prix d'Ete, Nat Christie, American-National, New Jersey Classic, Confederation Cup, and two New Jersey Sire Stakes. This impressive year netted 11 wins in 22 trips behind the starting gate and earnings of $1,783,558, which made him the leading money-winning harness horse of 1988.

In 1989, Matt's Scooter, as a four-year-old, was voted Horse of the Year. He earned $1,140,994 with wins in the Breeders Crown, Stewart Fraser Memorial, Mohawk Gold Cup, U.S. Pacing Championship, Molson Export Series, Driscoll Series final, legs of the Levy Series and Graduate Series, Wm. Haughton Series final, and On The Road Again Pace. He retired at the end of his four-year-old season with a career total of 37 wins, 11 seconds, and five third place finishes in 61 starts.

As of May, 2006, Matt's Scooter had sired 11 in 1:50, 296 in 1:55 and 680 in 2:00. He has produced 168 $100,000 winners and 4 $1 million earners: Mach Three p,3,1:49 ($2,170,255); 1996 Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and 1997 Aged Pacing Mare of the Year, Mystical Maddy p,4,1:50 ($1,436,325); Breeders Crown winner, His Mattjesty p,3,1:51 ($1,038,861); and Royal Mattjesty p,1:48.4 ($1,652,730). Matt's Scooter sired the dams of 11 in 1:50, 172 in 1:55, 94 $100,000 winners, and two millionaires, Glowing Report p,3,1:50.1 ($1,459,251) and Georgia Pacific p,3,1:49.1f ($1,089,455).

Matt's Scooter was bred by Max Gerson and is currently leased by Perretti Farms from owners Charles Juravinski of Dundas, Ontario, Canada, and Mr. & Mrs. Gordon H. Rumpel of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was trained by Harry Poulton and was driven for most of his racing career by Hall of Famer Mike Lachance.