NEW YORK -- Scan, whose year has been marked by frustration, regained the lead in the final strides and beat Subordinated Debt by a nose in the $177,600 Remsen Stakes for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct Race Course yesterday.
The son of Mr. Prospector out of the Nijinsky II mare Video paid $3.80 to win as the favorite in a field of eight.
Entering the stretch of the 1 1/8 -mile race, Scan held a narrow lead before Subordinated Debt pushed his nose in front at the sixteenth pole.
But under strong urging by jockey Jerry Bailey, Scan rallied to win and earn $106,560 for his owner, William Haggin Perry.
Kyle's Our Man finished another three-quarters of a length back in third.
It was the first victory for Scan since he won the seven-furlong Cowdin by 3 1/2 lengths the day after stablemate Fly So Free captured the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, which all but assured that colt of the 2-year-old championship. Were it not for an allowance race that did not draw enough entries to be run two weeks before, their trainer, Scotty Schulhofer, says he would have run the two as an entry in the Breeders' Cup.
Scan, it seems, needed just one more race to be ready for that greater challenge.
Scan's short career has been made of such minor misfortunes. Soon after finishing second in his first start in early June, he stepped on a nail and did not make it back to the races until the end of August. In his second outing, he stumbled at the start before finishing second to Subordinated Debt.
He lost more training to a virus that was going around Schulhofer's barn, and did not make his third start until the end of September, winning by 10 1/2 lengths.