Queen Arella Provides Sire Speightster with First Winner
May 29, 2020
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
- J Stables LLC’s Queen Arella overcame early trouble to score impressively at Gulfstream Park Friday, providing sire Speightster with his first winner from his first crop.
The New York-bred filly won by four lengths in the $65,000 five-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies carded as Race 2.
Queen Arella ($18.80) had to be checked sharply in early traffic by jockey Miguel Vasquez, but the WinStar Farm-bred filly recovered to make an extended wide run around the turn, pick up the leaders in mid-stretch and draw away while being eased up late. She ran five furlongs in 59.54 seconds.
Trained by Rodrick Rodriguez, Queen Arella was purchased for $1,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale. She is out of Unbridled Sonya, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song whom Rodriguez once trained.
Speightster, a son of Speightstown who stands at WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY, began his racing career brilliantly, winning his first three starts, including the 2015 Dwyer (G3) at Belmont, before his career was cut short following an off-the-board finish in the Churchill Downs (G2) in his fourth start.