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 2018: $25,000

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

2017 yearlings sold for $280,000, $200,000, $170,000, $135,000, $120,000, $110,000, $100,000, $100,000 etc.

Top performers include…
I’m A Chatterbox – G1 Spinster Stakes (by 7 lengths), G1 Delaware H’cap & G1 Cotillion Stakes winner
El Deal – G1 Alfred G Vanderbilt H’cap (by 8 lengths) & 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
Barkley – Multiple Stakes Winner
Hailstorm Slew – Multiple Stakes winner
Chief Cicatriz – Multiple Stakes winner
Wings Locked Up -Multiple Stakes winner
Bring It On Dude – Dual Stakes winner
Proforma – Dual Stakes winner
Who’s The Lady – Dual Stakes winner

Other stakes winners include Phat Man, Shar Ran, Will Munnings, Artistic Diva, Colerful Bride, Gallery, Capar Girl etc.

Speightstown enjoyed spectacular success with a first crop sired at a fee of $40,000 which has since more than doubled. Munnings was one of the colts which helped put Speightstown on the map. He achieved the second-highest price of $1,700,000 at Calder in February 2008 and was placed in 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 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.

From a first crop sired at only $12,500, Munnings has achieved a highly impressive percentage of black-type winners, with the Gr.1 winners I’m A Chatterbox and El Deal heading his team of six first-crop Graded winners. He already has eight black-type winners from a small second crop, and has maintained his high strike rate with a smaller third crop. That’s 23 black-type winners – an inspirational 10 per cent – among his first 219 foals, sired at fees of $12,500 or less. Even his fifth crop – yearlings of 2017 – were sired at only $10,000, but have sold for up to $280,000. What might he achieve now that he has earned a substantial rise in his fee?

Munnings sired his first Gr.1 winner, that fine filly I’m A Chatterbox, from a grand-daughter of DANZIG and the Gr.3 winner Munny Spunt from a HARD SPUN mare.

Speightstown already has Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners inbred 3×3 to Storm Cat, therefore Munnings should enjoy plenty of success with mares from the Storm Cat line. Sure enough, he has already sired the Gr.2 winner Om from a grand-daughter of STORM CAT, creating 4×3 to STORM CAT. Munnings already 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 SADLER’S WELLS and NUREYEV line mares. 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’s 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 good performers inbred either 3×3 or 3×4 to MR PROSPECTOR, including the Travers Stakes winner Golden Ticket, the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Tamarkuz and the fast filly Lighthouse Bay. Munnings already has Listed winners from the UNBRIDLED, GONE WEST 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 with TAPIT that would be 4×5.

BLUSHING GROOM sired the second dams of Speightstown’s Gr.1 winners Seek Again and Lord Shanakill. 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.


Woody Stephens Stakes-Gr.2

Tom Fool Handicap-Gr. 2

Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship-Gr.2