Speightstown '12 stakes winners now total 20
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Lighthouse Bay, a 2-year-old daughter of Speightstown, got up jut in time to win the $100,000 Smart Halo S. at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon. Speightstown now has 20 stakes winners in 2012, second-most of all North American stallions. His progeny have earned $8.85 million, one of only three sires to surpass the $8 million mark this year.

Lighthouse Bay's jockey Kendrick Carmouche was content on sitting behind frontrunners Baby J and Jax and Jill before gaining the lead in upper stretch. In mid-stretch Ek Haseena challenged Lighthouse Bay and the two bumped and brushed several times in the final furlong before the winner put a nose in front at the wire.

“The race set up well for us. It was a good scenario that Baby J went with Jax and Jill,” Carmouche said. “On paper the first five fillies on the program looked like the best runners in the race but the filly who ran second was game.”

“We came together but every time I was able to straightened her back up,” added Carmouche. “We bumped a couple times but I thought it was 50-50 situation and the stewards probably saw the same thing, which is why they left it official.”

The winner, who is trained by George Weaver, completed the 6-furlong distance in 1:12.11. Lighthouse Bay is owned by her breeder Richlyn Stables and is 2-1-0 in three starts with earnings of $116,800.
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]