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Kathleen Willier’s Scrap Copper, overlooked in the wagering at 9-1, came with a steady drive down the stretch to catch front-running Follow the Dog and edge past for a three-quarter-length win in the $100,000 James F. Lewis III on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Laurel Park.

Beaten as the favorite in the Maryland Million Nursery Oct. 20 following a bad stumble out of the gate, Scrap Copper completed the distance in 1:10.87 in beating Nursery winner Follow the Dog to the line. Fayette Warrior was third while 7-5 favorite Passcode finished sixth.

“Turning for home, I was like if he’s got his stride like he shows in the morning, he’s going to mow them down,” said rider Trevor McCarthy. “I’m a little bummed because I loved him Maryland Million Day and I was looking to really get a win that day. The way he broke today, I knew he was going to be tough to beat.”

Trained by Hamilton Smith, Scrap Copper won his first stakes in his fourth start. He scored in his debut July 22 at Laurel and rallied to be beaten a nose in the Laurel Futurity over a yielding grass course Sept. 22.

“The last time he stumbled real bad leaving there and we lost all chance. It’s a shame, but he made up for it today,” Smith said. “He’s a very versatile colt. We’re looking forward to running him longer next year. Maybe we’ll come back on the 8th of December and try him again.”

The $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity going seven furlongs is one of three stakes for Maryland-bred/sired horses scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8 at Laurel.

Scrap Copper is from the final crop bred by the late Nellie M. Cox and her Rose Retreat Farm, and was born at Anchor and Hope Farm in Port Deposit less than a month after Cox’s death in February 2016. A son of 2018 Maryland leading sire Great Notion, Scrap Copper is the third winner from as many starters for his dam After All, a daughter of Olmodavor and Maryland-bred stakes winner Citi Sounds (by Citidancer).

Willier purchased Scrap Copper out of the Cox estate consignment at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Winter Mixed sale in January 2017 for $15,000. After All was also sold by the estate at the same sale, in foal to Bourbon Courage, for $5,500 to Walter N. Vieser II. The mare delivered a chestnut Bourbon Courage filly that March, and has gone back to Great Notion in the two years since. She foaled a colt this past March.

After All’s first two foals, fillies Had It All (by Songandaprayer) and Gimmeaclue (Gimmeawink), have earned $185,090 and $146,223, respectively. Scrap Copper now has earnings of $111,640. Read more

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