Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 6f ,)
Gone West Silken Cat , by Storm Cat
BMarie D. Jones, KY.; OMelnyk, Eugene and Laura; TTodd A. Pletcher
Gilded Time Great Fun , by Farma Way
BDavid Hochberg, KY.; OOverbrook Farm; TDallas Stewart
Gators N Bears
Stormy Atlantic I'll Be Along , by Notebook
BRobert W. Camac, NJ.; OLeo S. Nechamkin II; TLeo S. Nechamkin, II
The deal in which the Taylor family’s Taylor Made Farm and Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm bought an interest in Speightstown from Eugene and Laura Melnyk keeps looking better and better. Especially after Speightstown won the Aug. 14 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga for his fourth consecutive stakes win.
The time, 1:08.04, equaled the track record for six furlongs and was identical to Speightstown’s time in the June 5 True North Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park in the horse’s last start.
The deal, which was announced in July, calls for 6-year-old Speightstown to stand the 2005 season at either Taylor Made near Nicholasville, Ky., or WinStar near Versailles, Ky. Speightstown, who didn’t run as a 4-year-old in 2002, has won nine of 14 starts. Plans call for him to contest the Oct. 30 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I).
The Melnyks bought Speightstown for $2 million from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for the horse’s breeders, Aaron and Marie Jones of Oregon, at the 1999 Keeneland July yearling sale. Speightstown is named after a port city on Barbados, the island where the Melnyks live. The couple own Winding Oaks Farm near Ocala, Fla.
The Joneses acquired Speightstown’s dam, Silken Cat, privately following her 2-year-old season in 1995 in which she was Canada’s champion 2-year-old filly for Sam-Son Farm. Following the acquisition, Silken Cat made one start for Marie Jones in 1996 before being retired.
Speightstown is one of two seven-figure yearling purchases out of Silken Cat. Her colt by Unbridled’s Song sold for $1.4 million at the 2003 Saratoga yearling sale from the Taylor Made consignment. Bought by John C. Oxley, the colt is named Tigerline.
Silken Cat produced an Unbridled’s Song colt April 6 and is foal to that stallion from a May 6 cover. Unbridled’s Song stands at Taylor Made.
Gone West, sire of Speightstown, has sired 76 stakes winners, including additional 2004 added-money winners Canadian Frontier (gr. III), Conroy (UAE-III), Foregone, and Surging River. Gone West stands at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. The farm is owned by Alice Chandler and her husband, Dr. John Chandler. Gone West stood in 2004 for $125,000. His 2005 fee will be $150,000.—D.S.