Speightstown loaded with four starters in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup

Speightstown, already the sire of a pair of Breeders’ Cup winners, has four chances to add to that tally with his quartet of entries going postward during Saturday’s championship card.

Leading the way is Olympiad with post 7 the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), race 11 at 5:40 p.m. ET.  The bay colt, owned by Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stables, LLC and LNJ Foxwoods, has had a fantastic 2022, winning six of seven starts.

Olympiad counts the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), Stephen Foster S. (G2), New Orleans Classic (G2) and Alysheba S. (G2) among his victories, all with triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures. The 4-year-old has won just over $2 million and eight of 12 lifetime starts.

In the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), Shirl’s Speight will break from post 2 in the full field of 14. The 5-year-old is a proven commodity over the Keeneland turf, winning the local Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) here in April. Shirl’s Speight’s dam Perfect Shirl was also a Breeders’ Cup winner, taking the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs in 2011. Shirl’s Speight, like his dam, is a Charles Fipke homebred.

The Mile is race 8 at 3:10 p.m.

Fipke also has another homebred, Lady Speightspeare, in the Filly & Mare Turf. The 4-year-old drew the inside post in the field of 12 going 1 3/16-miles. Lady Speightspeare is out of Lady Shakespeare, a multiple graded stakes winner who is a half-sister to Perfect Shirl.

Lady Speightspeare brings a three-race winning streak into Saturday’s contest, all coming in graded stakes at Woodbine. The versatile filly has earned black type on the main track and turf course and has an excellent overall record of 7-1-2 in 12 starts, with earnings of $581,145.

Post time for the Filly & Mare Turf, race 6, is 1:50 p.m.

Rounding out the quartet is Pipeline in the $1 million Dirt Mile (G1), race 5 at 1:10 p.m. Pipeline has finished in the top 3 in all three of his 2022 starts, winning a one-mile allowance by nearly 10 lengths, then placing in both the Monmouth Cup (G3) and Forego S. (G1), earning a lofty 105 Beyer Speed Figure in the latter. As a 3-year-old, Pipeline was beaten just a neck in Keeneland’s Perryville S.

Pipeline was bred by Eurowest Bloodstock Services, who co-owns the bay with John Gunther.