Scissors and Tape (One Lucky Storm, by Tale of the Cat) showed promise when he debuted in a one mile and seventy yard maiden special weight at Fair Grounds on December 28. He was near the rear early, while Torrontes got a comfortable lead over an off track. He got caught wide, but improved well enough for fourth. It was a solid debut, and boded well for his chances next out.
Unfortunately, his return went worse. On January 15 at Oaklawn, Scissors and Tape returned in a one and one sixteenth mile maiden special. He was near the early pace. He stalked off early leader Win With Tiz, pounced as he faded, and briefly took the lead. However, Buck Fifty bumped him into the rail turning for home, and he understandably faded soon after. He crossed the wire tenth that day. Again, I hoped it would come together soon.
It…took a while.
Scissors and Tape came back at Oaklawn on February 6, at the same level and distance as his previous outing. He tracked the pace, near the back of the leading pack early. But, he could not kick on to threaten the frontrunning winner. He mustered no rally, and faded back to seventh. He had no real excuse; something had to change.
Mike Maker trains Scissors and Tape. Maker also has a string at Turfway — and is a perennial leading trainer there. Turfway has polytrack, a surface Scissors and Tape had not yet tried, and is a bit softer circuit than either Fair Grounds or Oaklawn.
All in all, it made sense to try Scissors and Tape there. He turned up in Florence to try the polytrack — and tried sprinting for the first time as well. On March 5, he entered a six and a half furlong maiden special weight. He tried a new tactic that day, and sent straight to the lead. However, Stranglehold stalked him, took over, and won clear. Scissors and Tape kept going well enough for second, though, well clear of third-place Mooose.
He returned yesterday at Turfway, again in special weight company, but stretching out to a mile. His connections were already riding high: Maker and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey had just won the Spiral with Oscar Nominated. Scissors and Tape returned in the very next race.
Once again, Scissors and Tape used the same style he tried in his Turfway debut. He broke smoothly from the 3 gate, settled in the front along the rail, and dictated an easy lead. Down the backstretch, it was Jazz Man and Eclat who stalked closest, but neither pressured him much. Caribbean, just off of that pair in the early stages, commenced a run going into the far turn.
However, by that point, Scissors and Tape was getting away.
Caribbean tried, but never could chip away at Scissors and Tape’s lead. Scissors and Tape answered everything that Carribean found, and crossed the wire five lengths clear. That top pair was well clear of the rest; it was another twelve and a half lengths from Caribbean to third-place Mr. Sensibility.
This was an encouraging sign from Scissors and Tape. Time will tell whether he is a dedicated speed horse or if he has some versatility, whether he can run on other footings or if synthetics will be his best…but, no matter what, he has cleared the first hurdle.
And, if polytrack turns out to be Scissors and Tape’s best surface of all? Turfway may be drawing to a close, but Arlington is nice in the summer!