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Big day for Gone West sires and homebreeders at Aqueduct

Brereton C. Jones

Noted international sire Mr.Greeley, who died the other day, was one of the best sons of Gone West at stud in the US, but there are others at various price ranges getting the job done, and two were in the spotlight Saturday: Speightstown and Canadian Frontier.  Both had the winners of the two Grade 1 races at Aqueduct, the Hill ‘N’ Dale Cigar Mile for Speightstown and the Gazelle for Canadian Frontier.

Both Grade 1 winners raced for their breeders. Charles Fipke’s Jersey Town won the Cigar Mile from another son of Speightstown, Grade 1 winner Haynesfield, while Brereton Jones’s No Such Word won the Gazelle. Fipke’s homebred Seeking the Title was third in the Gazelle and this summer had been second to No Such Word in the Monmouth Oaks, confirming the class of that race.

Speightstown stands at WinStar for a joint venture between the farm and Taylor Made for $50,000 in 2011, up from $35,000 in 2010. A winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 2004, Speightstown has three crops at the races through 2010 and 19 stakes winners, including eight Graded stakes winners. His Grade 1 winners are Jersey Town, Haynesfield,

Jersey Town in the paddock before the G1 Hill 'N' Dale Cigar Mile.

Mona de Momma, and Lord Shanakill—each from his first crop, now 4. His first crop also contained the very talented Munnings, a Graded winner who was Grade 1-placed. Munnings enters stud at Ashford in 2011 for $12,500.

Speightstown didn’t win his first stakes race until he was 6 but he is siring high-quality runners at 2, 3, and 4, and with Jersey Town and Haynesfield racing again as 5-year-olds he promises to have another big year.

Canadian Frontier stands at Jones’s Airdrie Stud for $3,500 in 2011 and like Speightstown was a sprinter at the races and is represented by his third crop this year. Like Speightstown, he also didn’t become a stakes winner until late in his career, at 5, when he won the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Stakes in 1:08.97 for 6 furlongs. He’s represented by six stakes winners to date, including the Grade 1 stakes winner No Such Word and Grade 2 stakes winner Hilda’s Passion—both 3-year-old fillies. For the price, he’s a tremendous bargain.

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One thought on “Big day for Gone West sires and homebreeders at Aqueduct

  1. Hi, Sid.,
    Your observation of the high class the Monmouth Oaks still
    remains today.. reveals the foolishness of the US Graded
    Race Committee in only placing this historic race at Grade 3.

    This is utter nonsense when you consider the great fillies who left their hoofprints on that course.. Misty Morn, Levee,
    Lamb Chop, Dark Mirage, Desert Vixen, Silverbulletday, etc.

    Yet they rate the young upstart, The ‘American’ Oaks at the
    Hollywood Park racecourse, a Grade 1 race..

    Yours.,

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