Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship S. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 7f ,)
Speightstown La Comete , by Holy Bull
BGlencrest Farm LLC, KY.; OMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael and Smith, Derrick; TTodd A. Pletcher
(DK B/ g,
Orientate Page Dancer , by Hennessy
BPeter Lamantia, KY.; OR. Larry Johnson; TMichael J. Trombetta
Proud Citizen Buffalo Bird Woman , by Slew City Slew
BBrownell Alexander, KY.; OGann, Edmund A. and Zerolo, Michel Jean; TMartin D. Wolfson
Margins: 1, nose, nose. Others: Inkado 118($7,500) , Biker Boy 118($4,500) , Presto Change O 118($3,000) , You and I Forever 118 , Peace Chant 120 , Solar Flare (ARG) 118 . Winning Jockey, Javier Castellano.
Munnings, who established himself as one of the nationÕs top sprinters last year, started making his mark as an older horse with a victory in the Feb. 13 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. II).
The 4-year-old son of Speightstown showed an affinity for Belmont Park in 2009 when he won that trackÕs Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) and Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II). The colt, who has placed in five grade I contests, now has a record of 4-2-4 from 11 starts and earnings of $707,240.
Todd Pletcher conditions Munnings for the partnership of Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith.
Munnings, who was a $150,000 RNA as a weanling, was bought for that same amount by Leprechaun Racing, agent, at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale. He was consigned by Glencrest Farm through Four Star Sales, agent. The next year Munnings graduated to become a $1.7-million 2-year-old at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale. Consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent, he was bought by Coolmore agent Demi OÕByrne.
Bred in Kentucky by Dan Tayloe and the Greathouse familyÕs Midway-based Glencrest Farm, Munnings is out of the unraced Holy Bull mare La Comete.
A daughter of grade I winner La Gueriere (by Lord At War), La Comete is a half-sister to graded winners Icon Project (by Empire Maker) and Lasting Approval (by With Approval); and Japanese graded stakes-placed millionaire Taiki Zillion (by Twining).
La CometeÕs second dam, Lady Winborne (by Secretariat), is a half-sister to Allez France (by Sea-Bird), a five-time champion in France, including Horse of the Year.
Lady Winborne produced several successful horses herself, including Austrian champion Born Wild (by Wild Again), millionaire Al Mamoon (by Believe It), and millionaire producer Lady Lochinvar, who is a full sister to La Gueriere.
Munnings is the first stakes winner out of La Comete. The 14-year-old mare was most recently purchased for $230,000 by Russell Bennett, agent, at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale. Consigned by Four Star Sales, agent, she was carrying a full sibling to Munnings.
That foal, a filly, was born last March and was bred in Kentucky by Charles Fipke. An acclaimed geologist from Canada, Fipke has campaigned several successful horses over the years, including 2008 grade I winner Tale of Ekati. Fipke boards La Comete at John PhillipsÕ Darby Dan Farm near Lexington. She is in foal to farm stallion Perfect Soul and is due March 23.
Speightstown is the sire of 11 stakes winners, including other 2010 added-money winners Rose Catherine and ThatÕs How I Roll. Speightstown stands for $35,000 at Bill Casner and Kenny TrouttÕs WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.ÑE.M.