· British-bred Scalo has an interesting resume. The lightly-raced five-year-old son of German champion Lando has only gone postward 13 times in his career, yet he’s won six of them for earnings of $573,258.
· According to his trainer Andreas Wohler, no stranger to the Pattison Canadian International, Scalo has battled some injuries, hence the reason for his modified campaigns. He began his racing career in electrifying fashion in Germany for his owner-breeder Gestut Ittlingen, romping home a 14 length winner in his two-year-old debut in Dresden in October of 2009.
· He remained unbeaten through his first two starts the following year, comfortably taking two Group 3’s, before tasting defeat, as the 4-5 choice, in the Group 2 Oppenheim-Union-Rennen, followed by another disappointing ninth place effort in the Group 1 Deutsches (German) Derby at Hamburg in July of 2010.
· However, Scalo returned to the winner’s circle with a flourish, winning a Group 2 at Deauville, France, before annexing his first Group 1 victory, powering his way to a one and three-quarter length win in the Preis von Europa at Cologne in September.
· Last year, he returned to the racing wars in May, winning another Group 2 at Cologne, before two subsequent runner-up finishes, including a second to eventual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream, five lengths behind, in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin Deutschland Preis on July 24 at Hoppegarten. However, his season was curtailed prematurely and he was put away to await 2012.
· “He had very good form as a three-year-old and as a four-year-old,” recalled Wohler. “But he pulled a muscle (after finishing second to Danedream). It took a long time to get over it.”
· This year, after finishing fourth in a Group 3 at Dortmund in June, Scalo was sent to Woodbine by Wohler and has run well in his two outings - third to Forte Dei Marmi in the Grade 2 Sky Classic on August 19, followed by a fourth place finish, four lengths behind Wigmore Hall, in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer on September 16. Wohler was here to saddle his PCI hopeful for both those outings, but won’t be on hand this Sunday.
· “We decided to come over to Woodbine because he just needed some time to get going,” explained Wohler. Now comes the race and the reason Wohler shipped Scalo to Woodbine in the first place - Sunday’s Grade 1, $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International. Aboard for the first time will be Germany’s top jockey Andrasch Starke, who celebrated a career highlight last year by winning the Arc aboard Danedream.
· “He (Scalo) had a little setback the last time,” continued Wohler. “He had a problem with his hoof after the race (Northern Dancer). He bruised it. But it’s fine now. He’s in good condition. He has a good turn of foot. Last time, it was too late. We’re going to put the blinkers on him (for the PCI). He was too laid back in the last race so we want to get him more focused. I don’t think he’d mind a little cut in the ground, also. He had a good workout yesterday (Monday, five furlongs over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course in 1:01 1/5 seconds, breezing).”
● Wohler saddled Paolini in the 2001 and 2002 renewals of the Pattison, finishing second and sixth, respectively, was fifth with Sabiango in 2003, then second and fifth, in 2004 and 2005, with longshot Simonas. His last appearance came in 2008 with another longshot Lauro, who finished seventh while making his seasonal debut in the PCI but rebounded to take the Sky Classic at Woodbine several weeks later.
Owner – Gestut Ittlingen
Gestut Haus Ittlingen, Gestut Hof Ittlingen, and Gestut Ittlingen are the breeding and racing entities of the brother and sister team of Manfred and Janet-Leve Ostermann. The Ostermann family own one of Germany's largest furniture stores in Witten, near Dortmund.
Born in 1955, Manfred Ostermann runs the business with his brother Rolf, while Janet, born in 1963, lives in Munich and works as an exclusive interior decorator. Their late father, Fredi, was a major owner-breeder in Germany, who raced, amongst others, Pentathlon, winner of the Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp in 1967, and Tarim, winner of the 1972 Deutsches Derby.
Gestut Ittlingen’s best horse was Lando, who won the 1993 German Derby, 1995 Japan Cup and two Grosser Preis von Badens among his seven Group I wins. Lando has gone on to a successful career as a stallion, having sired Group I winners Paolini, Prince Flori (Grosser Preis von Baden Baden) and Epalo (Singapore Cup), along with multiple Group 2 winner Touch of Land and up-and-comer Ostland.
Though Lando brought the Ostermanns two owner titles in Germany, his Breeders' Cup Turf appearance in 1995 was a disappointment, when he was eased in the late stages of the race won by Northern Spur.
Lando and Paolini stand at Gestut Hof Ittlingen’s farm in Werne, Germany. Lauro stands at the top French stud Haras d´Etreham.
The Ostermanns have employed such trainers as Andreas Wohler, Mario Hofer, Peter Rau, Heinz Jentzsch and Peter Schiergen to condition their horses on the worldwide stage.
Trainer - Andreas Wohler
Born February 10, 1962, Andreas Wohler was thrust into the spotlight at 24 years of age, when his father Adolf, a well-respected and successful trainer, died suddenly. He quit school to take over his father’s Bremen Yard. His first outstanding horse was Gestut Fahrhof’s Lomitas, unbeaten as a two-year-old in 1990 and winner of three Group 1’s the following year, including the Grosser Preis von Baden and Europa Preis.
In 2001, Wohler enjoyed his best season since becoming a trainer in 1986, with stable stars Silvano, Sabiango, Paolini and Belenus. In addition to Paolini’s two big wins in Group 1 races in Italy and a second-place finish in the Canadian International, he scored with Silvano (Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong and Arlington Million in Chicago) and his half-brother Sabiango (Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal and Deutschland Preis).
His win with Silvano in the Arlington Million was his first starter in North America, as the five-year-old amassed more than $2 million in an international campaign. Silvano also won the Singapore Cup in March and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong and was second to With Anticipation in the Man O’ War Stakes at Belmont.
Wohler has twice won one of his country’s most important race, the Deutsches Derby, with Pik Konig in 1992 and with Belenus in 1999. Belenus, like Silvano, is a son of champion Lomitas and was a multiple stakes winner as well, capturing the 1999 Europa-Preis and Group 2 Bosphorus Cup in Turkey.
In 2002, Paolini, despite not winning, was the big horse in the barn, finishing second twice, to Grandera in the Singapore Airlines International Cup and to Precision in the Hong Kong Cup. In 2003 , Paolini dead-heated for second in the Arlington Million, while Sabiango won the Group 1 Deutschland Preis. Then, in 2004, Paolini won the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free.
In 2011, Wohler won the Group 1 Deutsches (German) Derby with Waldpark, while this year, among his stable stars are four-year-olds Earl of Tinsdal, a two-time Group 1 winner and recent Group 3 winner King’s Hall.
Jockey - Andrasch Starke
Born January 4, 1974 in Stade, Germany, Andrasch Starke debuted as a 15-year-old amateur rider in 1989 and three months later won his first race. In 1992, he won his first Group race with Irish Stew in the Brandenburg Trophy Group 3, finishing the year with 36 wins.
In 1995, he rode Sternkonig to two Group 3 wins in Italy and followed that up with stakes successes in 1996 aboard Night Petticoat, Germany and Devil River Peek. He recorded an excellent 1997 season, winning his first Group 1 race with Oxalagu. He went on to win three more Group 1's that year.
In 1998, Starke captured his first of four straight riding titles with 147 wins, including a tally with Robertico in the Deutsche Derby. He also rode Caitano and Waky Nao in the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill.
He was aboard Ungaro and Elle Danzig for Group 1 wins in 1999, while notching his second jockey’s championship with 192 wins and over 4.7 million DM in purses. In 2000, his big horse was multiple Group 1 winner Samum. In 2003, he again won his country’s riding title, while in 2004 one of his major stakes wins came in the Singapore Airline International Cup with Epalo.
In recent years, Starke has competed in Hong Kong, where he’s won riding championships at Happy Valley Racecourse. The five-time German champion enjoyed another banner campaign in 2007, highlighted by stakes winners Quijano and Schiaparelli. In 2008, Kamsin and Quijano were his major winners. Quijano again won a Group 1, the Gran Premio di Milano, in 2009.
But the last two years have brought unprecedented success to Starke, specifically with Danedream, the multiple Group 1-winning filly who captured the famous Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last year in electrifying fashion and had been preparing to defend her title this year after winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Unfortunately, she, along with many other horses stabled at the Cologne training centre, had to be placed in quarantine when another horse contracted swamp fever and was not allowed to travel to Paris for last weekend’s Arc.
Starke’s other Group 1 winners this year include three-year-old Pastorius in the Grosser Dallmayr Preis and Girolamo in the Preis von Europa.