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MATING SUGGESTIONS: As many as five sons of Speightstown, including the consistently progressive Munnings, have sired northern hemisphere Gr.1 winners so the omens look good for Echo Town, who became a Gr.1 winner when he decisively landed the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga. That victory was the fourth of Echo Town’s career and he was also second in the Gr.1 Woody Stephens Stakes. Echo Town is one of several Graded winners by Speightstown with inbreeding to Storm Cat. Speightstown is out of a daughter of Storm Cat and Echo Town’s second line comes via his Gr.2-winning dam Letgomyecho, who is by a son of Harlan, sire of the very successful Harlan’s Holiday and grandsire of Champion Sire Into Mischief. Letgomyecho has a second Gr.1 winner to her credit in 2021’s Champion 2YO filly Echo Zulu (by Gun Runner). As a leading winner over seven furlongs, Echo Town has a similar profile to Munnings, Speightstown’s most successful stallion son. Echo Town’s female line has produced stakes winners to two sons of A.P. INDY , so it is very relevant that Munnings has sired the Gr.2 winners Finite and Bonny South from daughters of TAPIT , as well as a Gr.3 winner from an A.P. INDY mare. His statistics stand at 14% SWs from TAPIT mares and 25% from A.P. INDY mares. Munnings also has 43% SWs among his seven foals out of mares by A.P. INDY’s son FLATTER and his five starters out of mares by BERNARDINI include Gr.2 winner Scaramouche. MR PROSPECTOR will be back in the fourth generation of Echo Town’s foals. This allows plenty of options for mares with Mr Prospector blood, as Speightstown has several good performers inbred either 3x3 or 3x4 to MR PROSPECTOR , including Travers Stakes winner Golden Ticket, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Tamarkuz, dual Gr.1 winner Charlatan, Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Olympiad and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Sharing. Munnings has the Gr.2 winner Venetian Harbor out of a daughter of STREET CRY , while the very talented Jack Christopher is out of a grand-daughter of UNBRIDLED’S SONG and 2YO Gr.1 winner EDA has a dam by LEMON DROP KID . Speightstown has Graded winners out of daughters of STORMY ATLANTIC , GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and CATIENUS which are inbred 3x3 to STORM CAT . Munnings sired his first Gr.1 winner, I’m A Chatterbox, from a grand-daughter of DANZIG and the Gr.3 winner Munny Spunt is from a HARD SPUN mare. Mares from the DANZIG male line should also suit Echo Town. Speightstown sired the Gr.1 winners Jersey Town and Seek Again from mares by BELONG TO ME and DANEHILL . Munnings has a Gr.2 winner with a dam by EL PRADO and he also has four black-type winners with mares by MEDAGLIA D’ORO , who also sired the dam of Speightstown’s 2023 2YO Gr.1 winner Prince of Monaco. Altogether Speightstown has 6% Gr.1 winners among his foals out of MEDAGLIA D’ORO mares. Speightstown sired the Travers Stakes winner Golden Ticket from a DEPUTY MINISTER mare and Munnings has Stakes winners with mares by SALT LAKE and SILVER DEPUTY . BLUSHING GROOM sired the second dams of Speightstown’s Gr.1 winners Seek Again and Lord Shanakill, and Speightstown also has Stakes winners out of daughters of RAHY , MT LIVERMORE , RAINBOW QUEST and PEAKS AND VALLEYS . Speightstown has two Stakes winners out of INDIAN CHARLIE mares, including the speedy Gr.1 winner Switzerland. Daughters of UNCLE MO should therefore suit Echo Town.

❝ with a furlong remaining he roared into contention under jockey Ricardo Santana. Gobbling up ground like he’d just joined the race, Echo Town drew clear strongly down the lane to score by 3½ lengths ❞ after his dominant win in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes


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