RTN True North H. (gr. II)
RTN TRUE NORTH H. (gr. II), Belmont Park, June 08, 2013, $400,000 Guaranteed, value of race $400,000, 3 yo's & up, 6 furlongs, 1:08.27 Dirt GD.
(Chestnut Horse ,
Speightstown Renfro Valley Star , by Dayjur
BRoy Gottlieb , KY ; OZayat Stables, LLC ; TBob Baffert
(Dark Bay or Brown Horse ,
First Samurai Ava Knowsthecode , by Cryptoclearance
BOakbrook Farm , KY ; OZayat Stables, LLC ; TSteven M. Asmussen
(Bay Colt ,
Bluegrass Cat Clay's Rocket , by American Chance
BGulf Coast Farms LLC , KY ; OWillis D. Horton ; TD. Wayne Lukas
RTN True North H. Recap
Zayat Stables’ 5-year-old Fast Bullet might be lightly raced, but he embodies consistency and speed. His 21/2-length gate-to-wire victory in the RTN True North Handicap (gr. II) on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard was his fourth win in five career starts and first stakes victory. The handsome chestnut’s only loss came in his third start, the 2012 Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), in which he finished sixth of 14. The Breeders’ Cup Sprint was his first race back after a year layoff. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Joel Rosario, Fast Bullet sped the six furlongs over a good track in a high-caliber performance: 1:08.27, worthy of a 110 Beyer Speed Figure.
Fast Bullet was genetically designed for speed. He is a son of a champion sprinter and the maternal grandson of a multiple European champion Horse of the Year, whose résumé includes sprint titles in England and France. His maternal grandmother was Brave Raj, an Eclipse Award winner as champion 2-year-old filly of 1986.
Speightstown, sire of Fast Bullet and a son of Gone West out of the Storm Cat mare Silken Cat, improved with age. He earned his Eclipse Award as champion sprinter as a 6-year-old in 2004, by racking up five wins in six starts, all at six and seven furlongs, and culminating with a decisive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Like their sire, the offspring of Speightstown seem to have their best successes as they get older. Eleven of Speightstown’s 20 stakes winners in 2012 were 4-year-olds and older.
On the female side of Fast Bullet’s pedigree is his broodmare sire Dayjur. The regally-bred son of Danzig out of the Mr. Prospector mare Gold Beauty terrorized the sprinters in Europe in 1990, winning group Is in England and France before bringing his speed to the U.S. His bid for international domination of sprint titles fell a jump shy, literally, as he leaped a shadow in the Belmont stretch and fell a neck short of overhauling Safely Kept in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
A $230,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, Fast Bullet was bred by Roy Gottlieb in Kentucky. The cross of Dayjur mares with sons of Gone West has been quite useful, having produced nine black-type winners from 54 starters for a 16.6% success rate.
Speightstown has sired 45 stakes winners, including seven additional added-money winners in 2013. He stands at WinStar Farm for a 2013 fee of $60,000.—T.H