Fred and Nancy Scane have been around the quarter horse racing industry for quite some time now. "I guess I've been in the business for 30 or 35 years," said Fred. "I'm probably not quite as active of an owner as I used to be, but we're still very much involved in racing."
Nancy Scane originally got into racing through marriage when she and Fred were wed seven years ago. "Fred really knows more about the whole thing than I do," Nancy said laughingly. "He makes all of the decisions and breeds all of our horses."
She's learning more about the sport each and every day, especially as she's currently the owner of one of the top 3-year-olds on the grounds in the talented Ought To Be Rapid. The later posted the second fastest qualifying time to the El Primero Del Ano Derby, which will be contested on April 11 and you can be sure that Nancy will be on hand in the beautiful Vessels Club rooting her outstanding racehorse home.
"Fred is the brains of our operation," Nancy said with a smile. "Although, I always really liked Ought To Be Rapid when he was young. I thought he was a really nice horse"
A three-year-old homebred from the state of California, Ought To Be Rapid turned in a solid performance on the night of the El Primero trials on March 21, finishing a little bit over a length behind fastest qualifier Fighter On Fire.
"I originally chose to breed one of our Merridoc mares named Shes Everyones Dream to Ought To Be First because I really loved his breeding," Fred Scane recalled. "He stood at Burns Ranch for a year and I always really liked him while he was here. I still think he has the best breeding of anyone in the country."
And it's clear that Ought To Be Rapid has run up to his world-class breeding. Still yet to finish worse than second in his career, Ought To Be Rapid has earned $74,550 to date. A good chunk of that amount came when he ran a strong second behind Magic Show Czech in the Grade I Governor's Cup Futurity last year at two.
"We actually decided to give him the rest of the year off after the Governor's Cup because he wasn't really staked in anything else that year," added Scane. "This year he's paid into a number of races though. We'll see how he does in the El Primero Derby and then we've also got him paid into the Governor's Cup Derby, the Golden State Derby, and the Southern California Derby. He's also enrolled in the Bank of America Challenge program.
"My big thing is I always like to run my horses in spots where they can have the most success. I like to keep them in against Cal-breds when possible and if you can only run against 18 other horses in the trials to the El Primero Del Ano, then why not? You have to pick your spots."
The Scanes have eight horses currently in training with Patricia Visscher. "I think Pat really does an outstanding job with these horses," added Fred. "She had a great year in 2007 and we're hopeful that we'll have another good year together in 2008 with this horse and with some of our new two-year-olds.
"We've got a half sister to Ought To Be Rapid by Freshman sire A Regal Choice that we're pretty excited about. (Physically), she doesn't really remind me of Ought To Be Rapid that much though, she's a lot lankier. Her name is Shes Driven."
Shes Driven figures to be brought along slowly to the racetrack with plans calling for her to make her first start in a maiden race before being pointed to the trials to the Governor's Cup Futurity in July. She's also paid into the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity trials.
In addition to owning a solid stable of horses, Fred Scane also acts as the syndication and racing manager for Dr. Allred. "I manage several of the stallions for (Dr. Allred) that stand at Burns Ranch like Separatist, Snowbound, and Walk Thru Fire," added Scane. "I also advise Dr. Allred on the breeding and mating for his horses. It keeps me pretty busy."
Anyone who has followed Los Alamitos quarter horse racing over the years is undoubtedly familiar with some of the horses that have raced under the Scane banner. That would include one of the heaviest hitters in Los Alamitos history in the stallion Merridoc, who won eight out of his fourteen lifetime starts and earned $249,736, winning important races like the Golden State Futurity and the Bay Meadows Futurity.
The horsemen also bred three of Merridoc's finest offspring in Solvency, Apprehend, and Griswold. Solvency won $632,422 lifetime and was crowned AQHA champion 2-year-old gelding in 1985 after winning the Kindergarten Futurity while also qualifying to two other grade one stakes during his freshman campaign. Apprehend, a five-time grade one winner and earner of over $500,000 throughout his impressive five-year racing career, is another of Merridoc's famous sons. A two-time AQHA Champion, he was awarded Champion Three-year-old Gelding honors in 1990 and Champion Aged Gelding honors the following year in 1991. Fred Scane also raised what many still consider the greatest 870-yard horse of all-time: Griswold. This 870-yard sensation received champion distance horse honors for three consecutive years in 1991, 1992, and 1993. A winner of 14 stakes races lifetime, he retired with $627,307 in earnings, the 870-yard world record, and a reputation that is still unmatched to this day.