Friday, December 10, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Dec. 10, 2010 – Young Joe drew off to a five-length win in Turfway Park's second race Friday to give trainer Tony Scott his first career win.
Scott, 39, saddled Young Joe for Billy, Donna, and Justin Hays, who won Turfway's leading owner title for both the winter/spring meet and the fall meet earlier this year. Scott had been an assistant to the Hayses' long-time trainer Joe Woodard, who currently is serving a suspension for medication violations dating from last winter.
Scott grew up around racehorses, both on the family farm in New Albany, Ind., and at the now-closed Miles Park in Louisville, where his father, Arthur "Dink" Scott, was a trainer. Two of his four older brothers, Sid and Chris Scott, also worked in racing for a time, Sid for trainer Eric Reed and Chris for Ken McPeek. Tony Scott galloped horses before briefly running his own stable in 2001. He had worked off and on for Woodard since the latter started training in the early 1990s and joined the stable full-time about four years ago. Of the Hayses' 170-plus horses, Scott now oversees about 130, most at HighPointe Training Center in LaGrange, Ky., and another two dozen at Turfway Park.
With Perry Ouzts aboard, Young Joe was out of the gate quickly to get the lead early and cruised to a five-length win in the 6 1/2-furlong claiming race for horses 3-years-old and up. It was the Hays family's first win of the holiday meet, which began Dec. 2.