ANOTHER stakes and track record fell in a Road to the Kentucky Oaks prep at Keeneland on Saturday when three-year-old filly Speech romped to a three-length tally in the $392,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) in a time of 1:41.26 for 1700m on a fast stretch.
Speech is a daughter of Mr Speaker (Pulpit), who is a half-brother to Wilgerbosdrift’s stallion Fire Away (War Front), imported to stand at Mary Slack’s Piketberg farm 18 months ago.
Speech, in second, made a bid for the lead around the far turn, collared the long-time leader entering the short stretch, and drew off under Javier Castellano.
Scratched from Friday’s Beaumont (G2) in which Four Graces set a new track record for the Beard Course of 7 furlongs 184 feet, Speech earned her first stakes win here and paid $10 for owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Madaket Stable. She is trained by Michael McCarthy.