Discovery H. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 9f ,)
Speightstown Nothing Special , by Tejabo
BMargaret Santulli, NY.; OTurtle Bird Stable; TSteven M. Asmussen
(DK B/ g,
Brahms Lucky Carley , by Sky Classic
BPennston Farm Inc., FL.; OSanford H. Robbins LLC, Winning Move Stable, P and D Kaplan Racing LLC; TGary C. Contessa
(DK B/ h,
Dixie Union Illicit , by Mr. Prospector
BPhipps Stable, KY.; OPhipps Stable; TClaude R. McGaughey III
Haynesfield captured the Nov. 21 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct for his first graded stakes win. The victory was the 3-year-old coltÕs fifth career stakes win and his fourth added-money triumph this year.
Haynesfield, owned by Harvey WeinsteinÕs Turtle Bird Stable, raced behind the pace set by Redding Colliery before taking the lead at the top of the stretch and drawing off to win by 41Ú2 lengths. Bad Action got up for second by a neck over 3-5 favorite Gone Astray, winner of the Ohio and Pennsylvania Derbys (both gr. II).
ÒHeÕs got a very high cruising speed, it looks like to me,Ó said Toby Sheets, assistant to winning trainer Steve Asmussen. ÒWe thought that last year, but he was a little immature. HeÕs definitely grown into himself. ItÕs nice to have the privilege of training a horse like this.Ó
Haynesfield started this year with wins in the Count Fleet and Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct. Considered a promising contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), he then was badly beaten in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct in March and was given nearly seven months off. Taking on New York-breds in his first two races back, he was beaten a head in the Sir Keys Stakes at Belmont Park and then won the Empire Classic Stakes also at Belmont.
A son of Speightstown out of the Tejabo mare Nothing Special, Haynesfield was bred by Barry Weisbord, publisher of Thoroughbred Daily News, and Margaret Santulli, wife of Richard Santulli, the founder of NetJets aircraft. NetJets formerly sponsored the BreedersÕ Cup Mile (gr. IT). Richard Santulli and Weisbord raced 1989 champion sprinter and 1990 BreedersÕ Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Safely Kept in partnership with trainer Alan Goldberg.
Haynesfield was consigned to the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale, where he was bought by Maverick Racing for $100,000 from Denali Stud, agent. The following year Eddie Woods as agent consigned Haynesfield to the 2008 Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training, where he was purchased for $20,000 by Vision Racing. Haynesfield made two starts for Vision before he was acquired by Turtle Bird. He won the Damon Runyon Stakes at Aqueduct in December 2008 in his first start for Turtle Bird.
Weinstein campaigned earlier stakes winner Sir Whimsey in the Turtle Bird name. Sir Whimsey won the 2008 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II).
Speightstown, third on the second-crop sires list, has sired nine stakes winners, all of which have won this year, including Lord Shanakill (Fr-I) and Munnings (gr. II). Speightstown stands at Bill Casner and Kenny TrouttÕs WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2010 fee is $35,000.ÑD.S.