Speight of Success
Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jul 06, 2009 |
We've written a lot abut this year's group of second-season
stallions and one of that group -- Speightstown (TrueNicks,SRO)
-- enjoyed a truly
exceptional weekend. It started quietly enough Friday, with Fufty Too (A), taking the Dean Kutz Stakes at Canterbury Park. The primary importance of
that victory was that it took Speightstown's total of first-crop stakes winners
to eight, making him leader of the group by number of stakes
winners, and he's also leading second-crop sire of 2009 by stakes winners, with
eight this year.
Moving on to Sunday, and in France, Speightstown's son Lord
Shanakill -- a group winner and group I-placed in England and France last year --
became his sire's first group I winner by taking the Etihad Airways Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I).
This means that Speightstown joins Medaglia d'Oro (TrueNicks,SRO), Candy Ride (ARG) (TrueNicks,SRO)
, Birdstone (TrueNicks,SRO), and
as the fifth member of this group to sire a grade or group I winner. Lord Shanakill
is out of the Theatrical (IRE) mare Green Room, and from the same
family as Heatseeker (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO)
, Al Bahathri, Spanish Fern, and Haafhd (GB)
Only a few hours after Lord Shanakill's triumph,
Speightstown's daughter Mullins Beach ran out an impressive winner of
the Ontario Damsel Stakes at Woodbine. Out of the Silver Deputy mare Treasure
Beach, and TrueNicks rated A+, Mullins Beach won by three lengths in a time
just a second outside the 6 1/2-furlong course record.
Finally, Munnings stepped up against older horses in
the Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) and scorched home 2 1/4 lengths clear while
covering seven furlongs in 1:21.0. Rated B, Munnings is out of the Holy Bull (TrueNicks,SRO)
mare La Comete. She is half-sister to Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT)
victor Lasting Approval, and also to Icon Project, an Empire
Maker filly who took the recent New York Stakes (gr. III).