Echo Town

As many as four sons of Speightstown, including the consistently successful Munnings, have sired Northern Hemisphere Gr.1 winners so the omens look good for Echo Town, who became one of the veteran sire’s latest Gr.1 winners when he decisively landed the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga. That victory was the fourth of Echo Town’s career and he was also second in the Gr.1 Woody Stephens Stakes.

As a high-class winner over seven furlongs, Echo Town has a similar profile to Munnings. Echo Town’s female line has produced stakes winners to two sons of A.P. INDY, so it is relevant that Munnings sired the Gr.2 winners Finite and Bonny South from daughters of Champion Sire TAPIT, as well as a Gr.3 winner from an A.P. INDY mare. His statistics stand at 22% black-type winners from TAPIT mares and 33% from A.P. INDY mares. Speightstown has four Graded winners out of daughters of A.P. INDY, including Gr.1 winner Flagstaff.

MR PROSPECTOR will be back in the fourth generation of Echo Town’s foals. This allows plenty of options for mares with Mr Prospector blood, as Speightstown has several good performers inbred either 3x3 or 3x4 to MR PROSPECTOR, including Travers winner Golden Ticket, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Tamarkuz, Gr.1 winner Charlatan and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Sharing. Munnings sired the very impressive Gr.1-winning juvenile Jack Christopher from an UNBRIDLED line mare.

SCAT DADDY mares would be a safe means of introducing extra lines of STORM CAT and MR PROSPECTOR, creating 4x4 to Mr Prospector and 4x5x5 to STORM CAT. It is worth noting that Echo Town’s brilliant 2YO half-sister Echo Zulu is by Gun Runner, a stallion from the FAPPIANO sire line and out of a GIANT’S CAUSEWAY mare.

Munnings sired his first Gr.1 winner, I’m A Chatterbox, from a grand-daughter of DANZIG and the Gr.3 winner Munny Spunt from a HARD SPUN mare. Speightstown sired the Gr.1 winners Jersey Town and Seek Again from mares by BELONG TO ME and DANEHILL and Speightstown also has Graded winners out of daughters of DANZIG, DAYJUR, ZIETEN, ORPEN, HONOR GRADES and SEA HERO.

Munnings has a Gr.2 winner with a dam by EL PRADO and he also has 9% black-type winners with MEDAGLIA D’ORO mares. Mares by other SADLER’S WELLS line stallions are clearly merited for Echo Town.

Speightstown sired the Travers Stakes winner Golden Ticket from a DEPUTY MINISTER mare and he is also one of three sons of Gone West to have sired a Gr.1 winner from mares by sons of Deputy Minister. Munnings has had stakes success with mares by SALT LAKE and SILVER DEPUTY.

Speightstown has two black-type winners from 13 foals out of INDIAN CHARLIE mares, including the speedy Gr.3 winner Switzerland. Daughters of UNCLE MO could therefore suit Echo Town.

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