Top 5 U.S. next-crop sire Speightster was humanely euthanized the evening of Feb. 6 just after kicking the wall of his stall and fracturing a hind leg, according to Sherry McLean, the operator of Northern Dawn Stables in Ontario, where by the stallion had been relocated six weeks ago for this year’s breeding time.
Speightster, a 10-yr-outdated graded stakes winner by champion sprinter Speightstown , was the very first stallion owned by Jay and Christine Hayden, who breed and race as Saintsbury Farms.
“He was a stallion that truly healthy Ontario simply because his woman household is so prime hefty with top Canadian horses, the spouse and children of Dance Well and Wise Strike,” stated Jay Hayden. “Below we ended up the first week in February and he had north of 40 mares previously, which is unheard of in Ontario due to the fact breeders want to decide their stallions just after their foals are on the floor.
“It has barely sunk in,” Hayden ongoing about the decline. “I have to make a phone to Larry McGinnis (stallion manager) at WinStar. When we acquired the horse, he claimed, ‘Gee, we are sorry to see him go. He is a gorgeous stallion to operate with. A kind stallion and no vices.’ It is a difficult element of the organization. You under no circumstances assume it to be this early.”
McLean mentioned the stallion experienced been feeling good and bouncing all over in his stall. With a single kick, every little thing transformed.
“He was just joyful and to have this come about, to say it is devastating is an understatement,” she explained. “People have been so energized to have him listed here. He was a class act.”
McLean and Hayden both of those stated numerous radiographs of the injured hind leg experienced been taken and evaluated by various veterinarians just before the phone was made to euthanize him.
Bred and raced by WinStar Farm, Speightster is out of the Danzig mare Dance Swiftly, who is a entire sister to Canadian Horse of the 12 months and multiple champion Dance Smartly, the dam of Canadian champion Dancethruthedawn and Queen’s Plate winner Scatter the Gold. Dance Quickly is also a fifty percent sister to prominent sire Wise Strike. Speightster was undefeated at 3 when he acquired standing as a graded stakes winner by taking the Dwyer Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park. He built a person start out at 4, finishing unplaced in the Churchill Downs Stakes (G2). Speightster was retired to stud at WinStar in which he entered stud at $10,000.
As a sire, he was a major 10 freshman sire of 2020 by earnings and ongoing climbing the rating to be the fifth-top second-crop sire last 12 months with extra than $4.28 million in progeny earnings. His prime runners had been already generating an effects in Canada with his daughters Dreaming of Drew successful the Princess Elizabeth Stakes and Aubrieta successful the Wonderful Tune Stakes, equally at Woodbine.
Speightster also sired many stakes winner Doorway Buster , stakes winners Tantrum and That Kenney Kid , and graded-put winner Difficult to Tame . The sire’s progeny incorporated 12 black-variety performers and 88 winners so far. His occupation progeny earnings are $5,493,331 as of Feb. 7.