It's that time of year in the Northern Hemisphere! The first reported first foal for a new stallion arrived yesterday, when a chestnut filly by WinStar stallion Speightster was born at Branywine Farm in Kentucky. The filly is out of the Malibu Moon mare Moonshine Bertie, who is cataloged to sell at next week's Keeneland January auction, and will now go through the ring with this foal alongside. The mare is out of graded stakes winner Thunder Bertie, making her a half to stakes winner Ballad of Bertie.
In a release, Brandywine's Pam Robinson described the filly as having "great bone, good conformation, well balanced – the perfect package,” and said that her operation would send additional mares to the young stallion this season.
Speighster, a son of WinStar stallion Speightstown who raced as a homebred for that operation, won three of his four career starts, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes over Texas Red. The young stallion is out of the Danzig mare Dance Swiftly, a full sister to champion and blue hen Dance Smartly, as well as a half sister to perennial leading sire Smart Strike.
Speightster was the most active first-year stallion in North America in 2017, covering 174 mares, according to The Jockey Club's Report of Mares Bred. He was one of four new stallions for WinStar whose first foals will be arriving early this year, along with Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator, Breeders' Cup Mile winner Tourist, and Grade 1 winner Outwork.