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Munnings Joins TrueNicks

$1.7 million two-year-old and multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Munnings (TrueNicks) is now available on TrueNicks. The son of Speightstown retires to Ashford Stud for the 2011 breeding season.

Munnings burst on the scene at Fasig-Tipton's Calder Selected Two-Year-Olds In Training sale when he breezed a powerful eighth of a mile in 10 seconds flat (video below). Demi O'Byrne went to $1.7 million to obtain the hot prospect from champion sprinter Speightstown's first crop.

After a dominant debut victory at Saratoga, Munnings placed in both the Hopeful (gr. I) and Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at two. He was never out of the money at three, posting impressive wins in the Woody Stephens (gr. II, video below), where he ran seven furlongs in 1:20.63, and the Tom Fool (gr. II). Munnings also placed in the King's Bishop (gr. I), Vosburgh (gr. I), and Rachel Alexandra's Haskell (gr. I).

Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Speightstown, the sire of Munnings, has emerged as a top young sire, with Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Haynesfield, Prix Jean Prat (gr. I) winner Lord Shanakill, and Humana Distaff (gr. I) winner Mona de Momma already to his credit.

In addition to his sire line, Munnings offers breeders a deep pedigree. His dam, the Holy Bull mare La Comete, is a half sister to Personal Ensign (gr. I) victress Icon Project and sire Lasting Approval. The second dam, La Gueriere, is a grade I-winning half sister to Al Mamoon and Lost Soldier, both graded stakes winners and multiple track record holders. The family also includes graded winners Master Command, Aurora Lights, and Honor In War, and ultimately traces to La Troienne in tail female.

Munnings' stud fee will be announced at a later date.

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