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Bleecker Street, Shirl’s Speight Rally to Tampa Scores

by Peter Brant Bleecker Street home powered in the Tampa Bay Downs stretch turf to pass grade 1 winner Lady Speightspeare and remains undefeated in the $150,000 Endeavor Stakes (G3T). 4 year old child quality road the filly is now 4 for 4 after successfully debuting in the 1 1/16 mile test for fillies and mares.

Hector Rafael Diaz Jr. has been in irons on Bleecker Street for each of his starts. In the Endeavor, he set her up seventh along the rail in the nine-horse field. After saving ground, he tipped her into the upper stretch for the runners’ room before she split her foes to crush 4-5 favorite Lady Speightspeare, who had taken the lead in the stretch.

Bleecker Street, trained by Chad Brown, whose earlier wins have been much easier on maidens, allowances and race claim options, overshot their way to a 1 1/2 length win. The last time on the firm course was 1:41.91.

“She’s never given me that kick before. Not like this. She does everything perfectly,” Diaz said. “Today was by far her best race. The effort she put in was tremendous. I have to thank God and Chad and all of his crew for this opportunity. They did an amazing job with this filly. I knew she had to prove herself today against these kind of horses but I was convinced she could do it I saw that green light in the stretch and she just took off, and the rest is up to to the story.

The rhythm was given by moonlight katama , who led by fractions of :23.44, :48.03 and 1:11.92 with Lady Speightspeare applying pressure from second. Although the favorite easily took command at the top of the stretch under Emma-Jayne Wilson, the late Bleecker Street run proved too much. Lady Speightspeare settled for second place, three quarters of a length ahead Stunning princess who finished third throughout.

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“I wouldn’t give her any excuses,” Wilson said of Lady Speightspeare. “She did everything as well as possible. We had a good run, we were just the runners-up.”

Bleecker Street paid $16 on a winning $2 ticket.

“Four for four, and she’s done it on three different courses,” Brown said. “And (Diaz) rode it all four times. I am very proud of him. time to come, and all of my staff have done an amazing job with it. And Mr. Brant, the owner, is so patient. We scratched In Italian because we thought bringing it back in a month was a bit early, and it worked out so well. (Bleecker Street) was 7-1 and backed us.”

Bleecker Street was bred in Kentucky by Branch Equine. She is the second foal of the stakes winner Exchange rate big Lemon liqueur whose first foal, First Rate (honor code ), is also a winner. Lemon Liqueur also has a 2-year-old child Always dreaming filly and a yearling Flatter filly. She was raised at Not this time for 2022.

Brant’s White Birch Farm purchased Bleecker Street for $400,000 in 2019 from Warrendale Sales’ consignment to The Saratoga Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s selective yearling sale in New York. The filly won on her debut last August at Monmouth Parkfollowed by two allocation victories in the meadows and Tampa, and has now won $165,900.

Video: Endeavor S. (G3T)

Shirl’s Speight Get Smokin’ Passes
The Breeding of Charles Fipke Shirl’s Speight started 2022 with back-to-back wins at Tampa Bay Downs for coach Roger Attfield, who beat the defending winner Get Smokin in the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (G3T) on Saturday to add to an optional Jan. 15 allocation of a win.

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Shirl’s Speight wins the Tampa Bay Stakes

Wilson, who also sailed Lady Speightspeare to a second-place finish in the Endeavor for the same connections, was aboard Shirl’s Speight for the Tampa Bay win.

“It was a great race, no doubt. I liked the way he did it today – I don’t really want him to be fast all the time, but he has a lot of speed,” Attfield said. “(Wilson) rode him very well. And our filly, (Lady Speightspeare), rode very well for everything she went through, so it was a good day. I really thought that (Get Smokin ) was the horse to beat.”

Shirl’s Speight was seventh in the first quarter mile of :23.41 set by Get Smokin and sixth as splits passed in :47.95 and 1:11.91. The favorite 7-2 The emperor was near the back of the 12-horse field after an awkward break.

Get Smokin opened up two lengths into the stretch, looking like they could repeat successfully, but with Shirl’s Speight saving ground on the far turn, Wilson then guided his mount three wide and brought the pacemaker back.

5 year old child Speightstown the horse crossed the finish line 1 1/2 lengths ahead, completing the 1 1/16 miles 1:41.20. He paid $21.

“Good horses come and they’ll show their stuff when the time is right,” Wilson said. “I was interested to see how the rhythm was going to settle. Last time he was a bit enthusiastic, but today he got the rhythm right and the way they kind of got away from him early , I just wanted to make sure he relaxed and got myself into a position where he was comfortable and didn’t have to use it too much I had to thread the needle a bit in the way but good horses will overcome adversity and he shot through there like he was shot through a cannon. Roger is a Hall of Famer, and he knows how to groom and groom them.”

Get Smokin remained second, half a length ahead Floriform who had hurried on.

Coach Mark Casse, who first sent Get Smokin to Tampa Bay, said, “We lost a lot to Roger. He’s a great guy and a class player, and good for him. I’m extremely proud of our horse, he ran a great race and this will prepare him for greater things.

Shirl’s Speight, raised in Kentucky, was produced from the perfect soul big Perfect Shirl , winner of the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T) for Attfield and Fipke. Perfect Shirl also produced grade 3 seats Shirl of Speightstown , another Speightstown offspring. She has a yearling more than ready filly and was bred at Speightstown for 2022.

Shirl’s Speight increased his earnings to $208,615 and now holds a 4-0-1 record in eight starts.

Video: Tampa Bay South (G3T)


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