Lady Speightspeare Goes From Turf To Main Track To Take Bessarabian At Woodbine – Horse Racing News

Emma-Jayne Wilson guides Lady Speightspeare to victory in the Natalma Stakes for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield.

Canada’s champion 2-year-old filly of 2020, Lady Speightspeare has been a turf specialist so far in her career, going undefeated over the grass at Woodbine. In the Grade 2 Bessarabian Stakes at the Toronto, Ontario racetrack, the 3-year-old daughter made her transition to the all-weather surface a winning one, taking the second graded stakes of her career by four lengths.

In a field of nine, Lady Speightspeare was away in second, with Our Secret Agent taking the lead in the race’s early strides. With jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson in the saddle, Lady Speightspeare transitioned from the rail to the outside of Our Secret Agent as they approached the far turn, pulling even with the leader as they entered the stretch.

In the Woodbine straight, Lady Speightspeare showed an impressive turn-of-foot on the Tapeta, pulling clear by a length at the top of the stretch and then pulling away to win with ease. Our Secret Agent hung on for second and La Libertee was third.

The final time for the seven furlongs was 1:21.03. Find this race’s chart here.

Lady Speightspeare paid $12.90, $5.70, and $3.90. Our Secret Agent paid $2.90 and $2.50. La Libertee paid $6.20.

Bred in Kentucky by owner Charles Fipke, Lady Speightspeare is by Speightstown out of the Theatrical (IRE) mare Lady Shakespeare. She is trained by Roger Attfield. With her win in the G2 Bessarabian, the 3-year-old filly has two wins in two starts in 2021 for a perfect lifetime record of four wins in four starts and career earnings of $264,779.