Speightster Relocated To Northern Dawn Stables In Ontario For 2022 - Horse Racing News

Speightster, a leading second-crop sire, has been purchased by Jay and Christine Hayden’s Saintsbury Farms to stand at Northern Dawn Stables Inc., Hillsburgh, Ontario, Canada, in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock. He will stand for C$6,500.

The son of Speightstown ended 2021 as a top-five North American second-crop sire by prize money thanks to the earners of almost $4.3 million and within the top-two by winners (71).

In terms of Ontario, Speightster ranks as the second-leading sire overall and the leading stallion by number of winners.

“Canadian breeders will surely take note of the tremendous opportunity Speightster affords,” said Chad Schumer. “He is among the leading second crop sires, behind only Not This Time, Nyquist, Frosted and Runhappy, and ahead of Laoban, Upstart, Outwork, Protonico, Brody’s Cause and Mshawish among others.

“He immediately steps in as the second-ranked stallion in Ontario with bigger things to come from such as stakes winners Aubrieta, Dreaming of Drew and Tough To Tame, second in the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs and a Kentucky Derby contender.”

Speightster has already made an impact in Canada as the sire of Aubrieta, winner of the Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine, and Dreaming Of Drew, winner of the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Woodbine.

In two crops of racing age, he is also the sire of stakes winners Door Buster, Tantrum and That Kenney Kid as well as the Grade 3-placed Tough To Tame.

Speightster’s racing career was one of brilliance, with a seven-length debut win at Keeneland, backed up with a 3 1/2-length victory over Grade 2 winner Joking in his next start in a Belmont Park allowance.

He remained undefeated in his third start when capturing the G3 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park over Grade 1 winner Texas Red.

A son of leading sire Speightstown, Speightster’s family is one of Canadian royalty; out of the Danzig mare Dance Swiftly, he is a grandson of Canadian champion Classy ‘N Smart, also the dam of Grade 1 winner and leading sire Smart Strike as well as Canadian Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Dance Smartly (dam of Canadian champion Dancethruthedawn).

Chad Schumer added: “In terms of pedigree, all one can say is wow, by leading sire and sire of sires Speightstown and out of a Danzig half-sister to Smart Strike.”

Speightster will stand alongside Reload at Northern Dawn Stables Inc.

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