TDN RISING STARS

July 4, 2020 - Woodbine, Race 10, Msw, CAD $90,925, 7F

Shirl's Speight, C, 3, 2017 by Speightstown

1st Dam: Perfect Shirl (GISW-USA, GSP-Can, $1,390,729), by Perfect Soul (Ire)
2nd Dam: Lady Shirl, by That's a Nice
3rd Dam: Canonization, by Native Heritage

Owner: Charles Fipke
Breeder: Charles Fipke (KY)
Trainer: Roger L. Attfield

Shirl's Speight (Speightstown)'s dam Perfect Shirl (Perfect Soul {Ire}) may have rallied from far back when she upended the 2011 GI Breeders' Cup F/M Turf at 27-1, but Shirl's Speight showed off impressive speed from the first jump Saturday at Woodbine to garner the 'TDN Rising Star' distinction. Sporting a mostly unassuming worktab over the local Tapeta, the Chuck Fipke homebred quickly assumed command and doled out splits of :23.02 and :45.38 while traveling well within himself. Rafael Hernandez still hadn't moved a muscle on the 3-1 shot as they spun for home, and he continued motionless all the way to the wire as Shirl's Speight powered away a head-turning eight-length victor. Just Like Larry (Langhfuhr) was best of the rest.

Shirl's Speight is his dam's fourth foal, and has a year-older full-brother who also won first out while showing speed on the turf-that runner, Perfect Speighty, is now two-for-four. Perfect Shirl, out of the GISW Lady Shirl (That's Nice), is a half to MGISW Shakespeare (Theatrical {Ire}), MGSW Lady Shakespeare (Theatrical {Ire}) and SW/MGSP and useful producer Fantastic Shirl (Fantastic Light). Perfect Shirl has a 2-year-old full-sister to Shirl's Speight named Speightstown Shirl who was posted two works recently at Woodbine.

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