November 29, 2015
G1 winner Mr. Speaker has been retired from racing and will stand stud at Lane’s End Farm for the 2016 season. A homebred for the Phipps Stable, Mr Speaker is by Pulpit out of the Unbridled mare, Salute, a daughter of Champion Personal Ensign. He is the most accomplished son of Pulpit at stud with 4 graded stakes wins from two to four and over $1.2 million in earnings.
Mr Speaker broke his maiden at two in wire to wire fashion at Belmont prior to winning his graded stakes debut in the Dania Beach (G3). Mr Speaker followed up on that form with graded stakes wins at three including the Belmont Derby (G1), defeating a stellar field including multiple G1 winner Adelaide, UAE Derby (G2) winner, Toast of New York and Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) winner Bobby’s Kitten on equal weights. He is coming off a successful four year old season having won the Commonwealth (G2).
“We’re very fortunate to add a prospect like Mr Speaker to our roster. He, like our other new stallions this year is an outstanding individual.” said Will Farish.
Mr Speaker is from one of the last few crops of Pulpit, the most exciting sire line today. He is out of a daughter of Personal Ensign by Unbridled and therefore bred on the same cross as the best stallion in America, Tapit. Their pedigrees contain other similarities, being inbred to Mr. Prospector in the exact position and strains of In Reality in the first five generations. Further, Mr Speaker is inbred to the Phipps own Buckpasser who is a direct descendant of the foundation mare La Troienne.
“I’ve been very lucky to train for Mr. Phipps for a long time, through that time I’ve trained most of this family. Mr Speaker has the same kind of class, quality & ability as the rest of that family. It’s remarkable how many good horses have developed from Personal Ensign.”said Shug McGaughey.
Mr Speaker will stand for $10,000 as property of a Syndicate.