Bajan tallies second straight stakes
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Speightstown's up-and-coming 2-year-old filly Bajan registered her second straight stakes win on Saturday with a widening 2 1/4-length win in the $100,000 Moccasin S. at Hollywood Park (VIDEO). The bay filly trained by Simon Callaghan took the $75,000 Anoakia S. last month at Santa Anita Park.

Speightstown's 21 stakes winners have accounted for 32 stakes victories this years, most of any North American stallion. WinStar recently announced Speightstown's 2014 stud fee of $80,000 LFS&N.

Trailing early in the field of five juvenile fillies, jockey Victor Espinoza angled Bajan outside pacesetter Sergeant O’Rourke and Lemon de Oro for the stretch run. Asserting herself in the final eighth of a mile, Bajan cruised home an easy winner in 1:24.26 for the seven furlongs.

“It went to plan,’’ said Callaghan. “We took back and the good thing about her is she is so rateable and so sensible. She just sits back and travels and has that turn of foot.
“I think we’ll definitely consider the (Grade 1, $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood) Starlet (Dec. 7) now. She galloped out strong and we’re picking up the distance steadily. She’s shown she is a really good filly.’’
She’s going in the right direction,’’ echoed Espinoza. “She’s very easy to ride and when I ask her to go she’s quick, really fast. It’s nice to ride horses like that.
“She’s such a nice filly right now and she’s still learning. She’s going to be a really nice filly.’’
The victory was the third in five starts for the Kentucky-bred, who is out of the Aptitude mare Critikal Reason, who is a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Lemons Forever. 
Visit Speightstown's Page Speightstown
Exaggerator triumphs over Nyquist in Preakness (G1) title=

Exaggerator triumphs over Nyquist in Preakness (G1)

On a rainy afternoon in Maryland, Exaggerator one-upped his second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1) with a rousing victory in the $1.5 million Preakness S. (G1)...

[read more]

Exaggerator's connections “confident” ahead of Preakness (G1) title=

Exaggerator's connections “confident” ahead of Preakness (G1)

Exaggerator's big rally in the May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1) have his connections looking forward to the rematch with Nyquist in Saturday's $1.5 million Preakness S. (G1)...

[read more]

More Than Ready filly rolls to stakes victory at York title=
More Than Ready

More Than Ready filly rolls to stakes victory at York

Nemoralia, twice Grade 1-placed in the U. S. last year, secured her first stakes victory on Friday at York in Great Britain...

[read more]

Bodemeister’s first winner impressively takes debut at Gulfstream title=

Bodemeister’s first winner impressively takes debut at Gulfstream

WinStar Farm’s freshman sire Bodemeister, the dual classic-placed, Grade 1-winning son of Empire Maker, was represented with his first winner on Wednesday, when 2-year-old filly Bode’s Dream scored an impressive debut victory in a $42,000 Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream Park...

[read more]

Joking gets serious in $100,000 Diablo S. title=
Distorted Humor

Joking gets serious in $100,000 Diablo S.

Joking left his connections all smiles after the son of Distorted Humor rallied from last to first in the stretch to take the $100,000 Diablo S...

[read more]

Ironicus captures Fort Marcy S. (G3) in 2016 debut title=
Distorted Humor

Ironicus captures Fort Marcy S. (G3) in 2016 debut

Away from the races since last September, Ironicus was triumphant in his first 2016 outing with a 1 1/2-length score Saturday in the $150,000 Fort Marcy S. (G3)...

[read more]

Passion for Action rallies for first graded stakes win title=
Speightstown

Passion for Action rallies for first graded stakes win

Speightstown tallied his latest graded stakes winner on Saturday when Passion for Action rallied in the stretch to take the seven furlong Vigil S. (G3)...

[read more]

More Than Ready colt “great” for Kentucky Derby (G1) title=

More Than Ready colt “great” for Kentucky Derby (G1)

More Than Ready's 3-year-old colt Tom's Ready looks to make history in Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) when the colt breaks from post 12...

[read more]

Post 3 for Creator in Kentucky Derby 142 title=

Post 3 for Creator in Kentucky Derby 142

WinStar Farm's Grade 1 winner Creator drew post 3 for Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) when entries were drawn on Wednesday afternoon at Churchill Downs...

[read more]

Exaggerator lands post 11 for Kentucky Derby (G1) title=

Exaggerator lands post 11 for Kentucky Derby (G1)

Future WinStar stallion Exaggerator is right in the middle of the field in the gate for Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) getting post 11...

[read more]