‘TDN Rising Star’ Shirl’s Speight (Speightstown) is no longer being pointed to the GI Kentucky Derby after developing a cough Saturday.
“Unfortunately, Shirl’s Speight has come up with a minor cough today and he will not be going to the Kentucky Derby,” owner/breeder Fipke Stable tweeted. “His health is our number one concern, and we’ll look forward to his next race.”
“He’s coughing and full of mucus so we’ve had to put him on antibiotics,” trainer Roger Attfield said. “I’ve had four or five of them [get sick] these last couple weeks actually. It’s nothing majorly serious but it’s bad timing. We were looking forward to seeing if we could something fancy but there will be another day. Just normal stuff we have to go through quite often.”
An impressive debut winner at Woodbine July 4, Shirl’s Speight followed suit with a victory in that venue’s GIII Marine S. July 25.