Chesnut 2006 16.1 hh
Speightstown – La Comete
Distance won over: 6f. – 7f.

The fastest son of BC Sprint winner Speightstown, off to a fast start with his first crop!

Fee for 2011: $12,500

The fastest son of Champion Speightstown – one of the fastest sons of Gone West.

A $1.7m. Calder 2-y-o.

A direct descendant of La Troienne.

“The fastest rising star in the 3-year-old ranks, with brilliant victories in the Woody Stephens and Tom Fool against older horses” Steve Haskin 12 Jul 2009

“He may well be on his way to reaching top rank as a stallion.” John Sparkman, DRF

Top performers include…
I’m A Chatterbox – 3-time G1 winner
El Deal – G1 & dual Stakes winner
Om – Multiple G2 winner & runner-up in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Catalina Red – G2 & Multiple Stakes winner
Free Rose – G2 & G3 winner
Ben’s Duchess – G3 winner
No Problem – G3 winner
Munny Spunt – G3 winner
Lake Sebago – Dual Stakes winner
King Kranz –  Multiple Stakes winner
Never Gone South – Multiple Stakes winner & G3 placed
Barkley – Multiple Stakes Winner
Bring It On Dude – Stakes winner
Will Munnings – Stakes winner
Hailstorm Slew – Stakes winner
Cheif Cicatriz – Dual Stakes winner
Proforma – Dual Stakes winner
Who’s The Lady – Dual Stakes winner
Wings Locked Up -Dual Stakes winner
Phat Man – Stakes winner

Munnings was one of the colts which helped put Speightstown on the map. Having achieved the second-highest price of $1.7m at Calder in February 2008, Munnings quickly established his merit, making an impressive winning debut over six furlongs at Saratoga in late July. He went on to be placed in both the Gr.1 Hopeful S. and Gr.1 Champagne S. At three he had more than five lengths in hand when he took the Gr.2 Woody Stephens Stakes and then defeated older sprinters in the Gr.2 Tom Fool Handicap. Munnings held his form well and was back in the winner’s circle after the Gr.2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship at four.

Now Munnings is playing a leading role in establishing Speightstown as a sire of sires. From a first crop sired at only $12,500, Munnings has sired a highly impressive percentage of black-type winners, with triple Gr.1 winner I’m A Chatterbox heading his team of four Graded winners. He also already has six black-type winners from a smaller second crop. That’s 16 black-type winners – an inspirational 10 per cent – among his first 165 foals!

He sired his first Gr.1 winner, that fine filly I’m A Chatterbox, from a grand-daughter of DANZIG. Speightstown sired the Gr.1 winners Jersey Town and Seek Again from mares by BELONG TO ME and DANEHILL and also has Graded winners out of daughters of DANZIG, DAYJUR, HONOR GRADES and SEA HERO.

Speightstown has Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners inbred 3×3 to STORM CAT and Munnings has already sired the Gr.2 winner Om from a grand-daughter of STORM CAT, creating 4×3 to STORM CAT. Munnings has a Gr.2 winner out of a mare by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY’s brother FREUD.

Munnings’ early results suggest he has a future with mares descending from SADLER’S WELLS and his close relative NUREYEV. He has a Gr.2 winner with a dam by EL PRADO, plus Listed winners with dams by EL PRADO’s sons MEDAGLIA D’ORO and BORREGO. Munnings has another Listed winner with a dam by Sadler’s Wells’ son PERFECT SOUL. There is another with a dam by THEATRICAL, a son of NUREYEV.

The NIJINSKY branch of the NORTHERN DANCER male line also comes into the picture, as Munnings has a Gr.3 winner with a dam by SKY CLASSIC.

Speightstown has several top winners inbred 3×3 or 3×4 to MR PROSPECTOR, including Travers winner Golden Ticket and Gr.2 winner Heart Stealer. Munnings already has Listed winners from the UNBRIDLED and FORTY NINER branches.

Speightstown has Gr.3 winners out of mares by three different sons of SEATTLE SLEW, including A.P. INDY. Mares by PULPIT, MINESHAFT and MALIBU MOON all create 4×4 to Mr Prospector and TAPIT mares could also suit.

BLUSHING GROOM sired the second dams of Speightstown’s Gr.1 winners Seek Again and Lord Shanakill, and he also has stakes winners out of daughters of MT LIVERMORE, RAINBOW QUEST and PEAKS AND VALLEYS. Munnings’ Gr.3 winner No Problem has a dam by BLUSHING GROOM’s grandson ORIENTATE.


Gr.1 Performer at 2 years

1stMaiden, 6f., Saratoga, by 4¼ lengths from Just A Coincidence & Mark Avery.
2ndChampagne Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Belmont Park, to Vineyard Haven with Cribnote back in third.
3rdHopeful Stakes-Gr.1, 7f., Saratoga, to Vineyard Haven and Cribnote.

Brilliant speed at 3 years

1stWoody Stephens Stakes-Gr.2, 7f., Belmont by 5¼ lengths from Everyday Heroes and Kensei.
1stTom Fool Handicap-Gr.2, 7f., Belmont by 2¼ lengths from Riley Tucker and Driven by Success, earning a 111 Beyer figure.
3rdHaskell Invitational Stakes-Gr.1, Monmouth Park, to Rachel Alexandra and Summer Bird.
3rdKing’s Bishop Stakes-Gr.1, 7f., Saratoga, to Capt Candyman Can and Vineyard Haven.
3rdVosburgh Stakes-Gr.1, 6f., Belmont Park, to Kodiak Kowboy and Fabulous Strike.

Top-class at 4 years

1stGulfstream Park Sprint Championship-Gr.2, 7f., Gulfstream Park, by 1 length from Congressional Page and Motovato.
3rdCarter H’cap-Gr.1, 7f., Aqueduct, to Warrior’s Reward and Musket Man.