It takes little imagination to envision a champion sprinter as a leading sire. Racers of that ilk have speed; that’s a champion sprinter’s calling card and one of the most desirable traits in a sire prospect.
As a champ on the track, Speightstown has the speed and has proven vastly popular with breeders. A top sales yearling and a great-looking horse, Speightstown won 10 of 16 starts and earned more than $1.2million.
The only surprise in a salty race record is that Speightstown won his first stakes at 6, when most top stallion prospects are already at stud. In that championship season, Speightstown won five stakes, including the Churchill Downs, True North, Vanderbilt, and Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Sometimes a nagging afterthought like not winning a stakes till 6 will have a chilling effect on breeders and taint a horse’s opportunities. But not so with Speightstown, who has stood his entire career at WinStar and has been strongly and pragmatically promoted by WinStar and Taylor Made.
Today, Speightstown is a well-established stallion and leading sire who stands for $80,000 live foal in 2015.
Further proof of Speightstown’s standing with breeders and buyers is seen in his offspring at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March auction of 2-year-olds in training.
The stallion had a dozen youngsters breeze at the March sale previews, and even more impressively, four went in :10 flat, and four more ran a furlong in :10 1/5. Of the remaining four, one ran a furlong in :10 2/5, and three worked quarter-miles. One in :20 4/5 and two in :21 1/5.
That’s the consistency breeders dream of.
Part of the reason for Speightstown’s success is physique and part is genetic. The 17-year-old son of top sire Gone West is out of the Storm Cat mare Silken Cat, and he combines the most prolific male lines of Mr. Prospector and Northern Dancer with the unerring broodmare contribution of Secretariat.
As a result, Speightstown is frequently seen with recombinations of these famous lines. In the case of the stallion’s Hip 62, which was one of Speightstown’s four workers who sped the furlong in :10, the dam is Dance Swiftly, a stakes-producing daughter of the Northern Dancer stallion Danzig.
An unraced mare, Dance Swiftly is a full sister to the splendid champion mare Dance Smartly, winner of the Canadian Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Dance Swiftly has produced two stakes winners, Paiota Falls and West Coast Swing, the latter by Speightstown’s sire Gone West.
Dance Swiftly is out of champion Classy ‘N Smart, dam of four stakes winners, also including leading sire Smart Strike (Mr. Prospector), who has several hot prospects in this sale. And this is the sort of family that regularly fill the book of leading sires like Speightstown, which guarantees them the best chances of reproducing success.
Following are the results for the Speightstown 2-year-olds at OBS March earlier this week:
|62||10.0||C||Speightstown||Dance Swiftly||Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent||Live Oak Plantation||500,000|
|95||out||C||Speightstown||Dream||Niall Brennan Stables, Agent XXXII||Withdrawn||Out|
|125||out||C||Speightstown||Flawless||Eddie Woods, Agent LIX||Withdrawn||Out|
|270||21.1||C||Speightstown||Mazucambera||de Meric Sales, Agent II||120,000||Not Sold|
|417||10.1||F||Speightstown||Sheraton Park||Niall Brennan Stables, Agent IV||320,000||Not Sold|
|426||21.1||C||Speightstown||Silver Sands||Eddie Woods, Agent LIV||Eddie Kenneally, Agent||140,000||PS|
|443||10.1||F||Speightstown||Soul Search||Thomas and Casse, Agent for Global Thoroughbreds||Little Red Feather Racing||75,000|
|466||out||C||Speightstown||Summer Wind Dancer||Niall Brennan Stables, Agent I||Withdrawn||Out|
|469||out||C||Speightstown||Supposedly||Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent VI||Withdrawn||Out|
|516||20.4||F||Speightstown||Valarchos Destiny||Woodside Ranch, Agent III||Clark O. Brewster||62,000|
|518||10.0||F||Speightstown||Vauxhall||Don R. Graham, Agent||Antonio Sano||150,000||PS|
|520||10.0||C||Speightstown||Via Veneto||Top Line Sales LLC, Agent||240,000||Not Sold|