Speightstown a “Good Value Sire” for All
Speightstown, a son of legendary Gone West and a Storm Cat mare named Silken Cat, Speightstown was slow off as a racehorse. He made one start as a two-year-old with no prevail, or earning, he got his legs moving at three, winning his maiden and some allowance races over the sprint distances of 6 and 7 furlongs. The thing is, where was he at four? After 21 months off, Speightstown had recovered from two ankle surgeries, and proving so when he won his debut of his 5-year-old season! His poorest efforts came in his debut at two, and a seventh place finish in an eight-horse field of the Gotham Stakes in his three-year-old year. At 5 years old, Speightstown showed his talent when fending off Volponi in a 7F sprint. [Note: Volponi won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2002]
Speightstown was not let down as a racehorse. When he was purchased for $2 million dollars, there was a lot riding on him to be successful. He did not disappoint. He finished his career with a 16-10(5)-2-2 race record. His major accomplishments came in his six-year-old year, when he competed in, and won, the Artax H., Vanderbilt H., True North H., Churchill Downs H., and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. He retired with over $1.2 million in earnings, and that may seem less than amazing, due to his high purchase price, but Speightstown was just getting started!
In his career at stud, WinStar Farm’s Speightstown has 9 crops total, with 7 of racing age. With 734 registered foals, Speightstown has not disappointed a single year he has been at stud. He has been in the top 5 stallions every season he has been producing. This year alone, he has 92 registered two-year-olds. That brought his total count of registered offspring to 734. With these numbers, how can he not be worth the $80,000 that WinStar is standing him for? Speightstown has produced, thus far, 1 champion, 23 grades stakes winners, and 58 stakes winners. Names that should be easily recognizable would be Golden Ticket (2012 Travers winner), Seek Again (2014 Fourstardave winner), Haynesfield (2010 JCGC winner), Jersey Town (2011 Cigar Mile winner), and Fast Bullet (2013 True North winner).
Speightstown is on his way to the top, and quickly. He has shown he is a very versatile and worth-it sire. He has sired sprinters, milers, and classic horses. For $80,000, Speightstown is ranked in the top “Good Value Stallions” and he easily shows us why is such a good value. His son Seek Again has exploded onto the turf mile scene this year, and it is hard to ignore the sire of a good horse. We have to look deeper and maybe, we will understand why Speightstown is a good stallion, but for now, let’s enjoy his rise to the top.