07/18/2004 11:00PM

Stud deal made for Speightstown


Taylor Made Farm and WinStar Farm of central Kentucky have bought an interest in Speightstown, a Grade 2 winner, and will stand him when he retires.

Owners Eugene and Laura Melnyk, who will continue to race Speightstown, also will retain an interest in the horse at stud. A son of Gone West, Speightstown will retire at the end of this racing season. No fee has been set.

Speightstown, 6, won the Churchill Downs and True North Breeders' Cup handicaps, both Grade 2, this year. He also won the 2004 Artax Handicap.

The Melnyks purchased Speightstown as a yearling for $2 million from breeders Aaron and Marie Jones, with Taylor Made as consignor. He has earned $537,056 from a record of 13-8-2-1.