Progeny of Speightstown

View this feature in the January 12, 2013 issue of The Blood-Horse.

Trainer Todd Pletcher on Speightstown - Speightstown seems to get a wide variety of horses. They run well sprinting; they run well sprinting on the turf, run well long on the turf, and they have run well long on dirt. He seems to be an extremely versatile sire.

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Trainer Todd Pletcher - Munnings. I have also noticed that with some of his [Speightstown] offspring. They are easy horses to train, with good minds overall.

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Trainer Todd Pletcher- Rose Catherine. They [Speightstown offspring] are enthusiastic with good energy levels. If anything, you want to make sure they don't get too wound up.

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Trainer Mark Casse - Delegation. Speightstown's runners are looked upon as being sprinters or milers at best. But they come in different shapes and sizes, and those shapes and sizes help determine how far they will run. Delegation and Indian Pond preferred a little more ground.

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Trainer Mark Casse - Indian Pond. Delegation and Indian Pond both had a lot of stretch to them. I haven't seen many that don't like the turf. He [Speightstown] is just an all-around good sire.

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Trainer Mark Casse - Gemswick Park. Both of those horses [Delegation and Indian Pond] were a little more 'stretchy' than Gemswick Park and Congor Bay. Those two were a bit more compact and looked like sprinters.

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Trainer Barclay Tagg on Jersey Town - Jersey Town was a gem to do anything with. He was easy to handle, easy to ride. Nice around the barn. Nothing ever fazed him. He just went out there and did his job, relaxed and happy. He liked to run.

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Trainer Barclay Tagg on Munnings Sister - Munnings Sister is a lovely filly. There is nothing not to like about her. She has a lovely disposition.

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Trainer Ken McPeek on Bridgetown (at 2 and 3) - Bridgetown did not want to go much farther than a mile, although he was second at a mile in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT). Golden Ticket is made differently than Bridgetown. He is more balanced. He's got that Speightstown speed.

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Trainer Ken McPeek - Golden Ticket (right) has been healthy and sound. They (Speightstown offspring) will stretch out. A stallion has to bring a turn of foot to the table. Stamina is wonderful, but speed is king.

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Trainer John Sadler on Mona de Momma - She was a really nice filly. She had a couple of issues at 2, so she didn't really get to the races until a little bit later. When she started running, she ran well every time and got a lot of checks. She improved as she got older. Once she got going, she was very sound. She was a very smart horse who took good care of herself.

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Trainer Mike Trombetta on Despite the Odds - Despite the Odds broke his maiden very impressively and went on to win a graded race and do well.

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Trainer Tom Amoss on Sum of the Parts - He's easy to train. From the start he always showed brilliance. Speightstown is as rock solid of a stallion as you will ever find. His (Speightstown's) foals remind me of Clever Trick's foals. They do it all.

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Trainer Malcolm Pierce on Mullins Beach - Mullins Beach was quite versatile; handled both turf and Polytrack. She was a good-sized filly who was tough to gallop. She always gave you 100% every time you led her over there.

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Trainer Bill Mott on Lunar Victory - He is a big, pretty horse with a good disposition, a fun horse to be around. He is a grand-looking fellow. I got him as an older horse, and he has been pretty straightforward since we got him. He has some talent and is effective from a mile to 11/8 miles. If he has any downside, it is that he doesn't seem to like an off track.

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Trainer Ian Wilkes on Island Bound - She is very easy to train; a little temperamental sometimes, as many fillies are. But otherwise, she's a nice filly to be around. She's not a big, tall filly, but she's put together well. She's like a lot of Speightstowns--a compact type of horse, not a robust head. She always had some talent, but in 2012 she ran above her talent. She tries hard.

Photo: Reed Palmer/churchill Downs