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Lord Shanakill pulls out just enough to take the 2008 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury

Lord Shanakill, Speightstown's Group 1 winner, wins the Mill Reef Stakes

  PICTURE: MARK CRANHAM  

Speightstown recovering from colic surgery

SPEIGHTSTOWN, the third-season Kentucky-based sire who won the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2004, is recovering from colic surgery.

The WinStar Farm resident could be back on active duty in three to four weeks if his rehabilitation meets no complications, according to vets treating him at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington.

A son of Gone West, Speightstown was a $2 million yearling and in his first crop sired Lord Shanakill, beaten by a nose by Intense Focus in the Dewhurst Stakes as a juvenile and won the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at three.

Speightstown has already covered over 60 per cent of his book, and WinStar president Doug Cauthen said in a statement that WinStar "will do everything within our power to accommodate all those breeders who have supported our program."

He commands a fee of $35,000.

 

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