Speed Smith Takes Don Boyd Challenge

Stallion overcomes layoff to pick up second career stakes victory.

By Stallionesearch.com
July 22, 2012

Making his first start since February, Speed Smith drew clear by one length in the $16,020 Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Stakes on Sunday afternoon at Mt. Pleasant Meadows in Michigan. The race was part of the Bonus Challenge presented by Markel for Bank of America Racing Challenge-enrolled horses.

Under jockey Oscar Delgado, the 4-year-old covered the 350 yards in a quick :17.503 to earn a 108 speed index. The winner's purse of $7,121 pushed his career earnings mark to $76,551.

Rolando Almanza trains the Prime Talent colt for Cesar Rosales. Sylvia Shaw Pitman bred Speed Smith in Texas from the First Down Dash mare Speedy Empress. He has a 5-4-1 overall record in 18 starts.

Speed Smith, who also won the 2011 QHRA of Indiana SSA Derby (R) at Hoosier Park, paid $25 to win.

Mike Malik's Zoom N Crash was a game second under jockey Lee Gates. The Azoom 6-year-old trained by David Gates finished 1 ¼ lengths in front the third-place finisher while earning a 104 speed index. The $3,223 runners-up purse moved his earnings to more than $50,000. Chuck and Terryll Griffeth bred the Oklahoma-bred from the Splash Bac mare Crashin Bac.

Coming off a win in the $102,150 Bank of America Fort Erie Championship Challenge (G3) on July 2, Fearles Fred rallied too late and had to settle for third. Carol Rettele trains the homebred son of Fredricksburg for Walter Harrison. Richard Rettele was aboard the 5-year-old out of the Heza Fast Man mare Precious Debutante. He has earned more than $222,900.

Completing the field were Pescado Fuerte, Tough To Get Six, Eye Walk and Jimmy James 123. Feature Mr Bentley and Ward Ed were both scratched.