Bahamian Squall

Gone West - Midway Squall , by Storm Bird
Entered Stud: 2015
Fee: 3,000 Live Foal

♦♦ Grade 2 winning son of Gone West ♦♦

A graded stakes-winner sprinting, BAHAMIAN SQUALL won the Gr. II Smile Sprint Handicap at four defeating Breeders’ Cup champion Trinniberg and Jackson Bend, third-place finisher in the Preakness Stakes. By leading sire GONE WEST, BAHAMIAN SQUALL is out of the multiple graded stakes-producing mare Midway Squall. He is a half-brother to Gr. II winner Apriority, stakes-winner Squall City, stakes-placed British Attitude and Acadia Breeze.

Winner of the Sunshine States Stakes at Gulfstream Park at three, Bahamian Squall went on to place in the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap and Unbridled Stakes at Calder during his sophomore season. In addition to winning the Gr. II Smile Sprint Handicap at four, Bahamian Squall placed in the Gr. I Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga, and the Gr. III Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Stakes, Sunshine Million Sprint Stakes and Sunshine State Stakes. He was also stakes-placed at age five.

“Speightstown and his young son, Munnings, are both top-class sprinters from the Gone West line, who have proved able to not only sire fast horses, but to also sire horses who can carry their speed a classic distance. Bahamian Squall, himself a top-class sprinter, and like Speightstown, by Gone West out of a Storm Bird line mare, may well prove able to do likewise.” Alan Porter

“Bahamian Squall proved his speed and class by defeating Champion Sprinter Trinniberg, and Gr. I winners Jackson Bend, and Justin Phillip to take the Gr. II Smile Sprint Handicap. By sire of sires Gone West, Bahamian Squall is a product of a similar Gone West/Storm Bird cross to champion sprinter and outstanding sire Speightstown.” Alan Porter

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♦♦ Race Record ♦♦

Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd (sp) 3rd (sp) Earnings
3 8 3 (1) 3 (2) 0 $160,670
4 8 1 (1) 2 (2) 2 (2) $353,310
5 7 1 1 (1) 2 (1) $66,650
6 2 0 0 0 $2,290
Totals: 25 5 (3) 6 (5) 3 (3) $589,920

Racing Highlights

Won at 3

  • Sunshine State S. (7 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, by 3 ½, defeating Fort Loudon, Close It Out, Good Lord, Little Drama, Black Diamond Cat, Thank U Philippe, Captain Genius, Imperial Czar).
  • An allowance race at Calder (6 1/2 furlongs, by 9, defeating Here We Go Joe, Rex’s Last Tour, Newspaper Boy, Rev It Up, Saint Pete, Seven Kind, Honor’s Gold).
  • A maiden special weight race at Gulfstream Park (6 furlongs, defeating Closerwalk, Venture World, Spin Out Elusive Success, Plated, Little Hail, Jack B Nimble, Well Intentioned, Core Inflation, Ethan’s Tune, Starship Wildcat).

2nd at 3

  • Jack Dudley Sprint H. (6 furlongs at Calder, by a neck to Close It Out, defeating Bull Dozer, Golden Mystery, Black Diamond Cat, Dual Exhauzt, Cajun Breeze, Off the Jak, Abdel’s Ghost, No Lift Shift).
  • Unbridled S. (6 furlongs at Calder, to Fort Loudon, defeating Angelofdistinction, Hello Prince, Indirectly A. P.).

Won at 4

  • Smile Sprint H. (gr. II, 6 furlongs at Calder, defeating Trinniberg, Jackson Bend, Justin Phillip, Trickmeister, Close It Out, Black Diamond Cat, Fort Loudon, Artefacto, Apriority, Cajun Breeze, Off the Jak).

2nd at 4

  • Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (gr. I, 6 furlongs, to Justin Philip, defeating Gentlemen’s Bet, Delaunay, Caixa Eletronica).
  • Sunshine Millions Sprint S. (6 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, to Off the Jak, defeating Little Drama, Close It Out, Star Harbour, Black Diamond Cat, Cajun Breeze, County Gun, Hello Prince, Bernie the Maestro, Shock’emagain).

♦♦ Pedigree ♦♦

♦♦ Pedigree Analysis ♦♦

Bahamian Squall Alan Porter Pedigree Analysis

“An outstanding sprinter with a pedigree to match, Bahamian Squall decisively defeated Champion Sprinter Trinniberg, and grade one winners Jackson Bend and Justin Phillip to capture the Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II), and was also grade one placed. By sire of sires, Gone West, out of a multiple graded stakes producing mare, he is bred on a very similar cross to Champion Sprinter and outstanding sire, Speightstown.”

Speightstown has enjoyed exceptional success with mares from the Deputy Minister branch of Northern Dancer, getting grade one winner Golden Ticket out of a mare by Deputy Minister himself; grade one winner Haynesfield out of a mare by Tejabo; and stakes winners out of mares by War DeputySilver Deputy and his son Archers Bay; and French Deputy. There are also Gone West line stakes winners out of Deputy Minister line stallions Dehere (sire of Graeme Hall), Forest CampSalt Lake and Service Stripe, and it could also be worth considering mares by Touch Gold and Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper).

Speightstown’s grade one winner Jersey Town was out of a mare by Danzig son, Belong to Me, and another grade one winner Seek Again is out of a daughter of Danehill. He also has the extremely speedy Fast Bullet from a mare by Dayjur, as well as graded winners from mares by Danzig line stallions Sea Hero (by Polish Navy), OrpenLost Soldier and Honor Grades. Among other Danzig line horses to appear as broodmare sires of Gone West line stakes winners are AnabaaAscot KnightKatowiceLangfuhr and Pine Bluff.

From the Nureyev line through Theatrical, Speightstown sired grade one winner Lord Shanakill, and this cross has also worked for Gone West line stallions through Zilzal and Spinning World. Nureyev is a three-quarters brother to Sadler’s Wells who is broodmare sire of Speightstown grade one winner She’s Happy. Speightstown’s Champion Sprinter Essence Hit Man is out of a mare by Sadler’s Wells son, El Prado (sire of Medaglia d’OroKitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller).

Speightstown is out of a mare by Storm Cat, where Bahamian Squall is out of a mare by that horse’s sire Storm Bird. Crossing Speightstown back over mares from the Storm Cat line has produced a Speightstown graded stakes winner out of mares by Tabasco Cat, and stakes winners out of mares by Stormy Atlantic, and Hennessy sons Johannesburg (sire of Scat Daddy) and Wiseman’s Ferry. There are also Gone West line stakes winners out of mares by Storm Cat himself, as well as Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir and D’Wildcat), Mountain CatSir Cat and Tale of the Cat.

Storm Bird is a genetic relative to Nijinsky II and combines well with that strain, and there is a Speightstown stakes winner out of a mare from that line by Alydeed (by Shadeed). There are also Gone West line stakes winners out of mares by Nijinsky II line stallions Royal AcademySeattle DancerSky Classic and Strawberry Road. It would also be worth considering mares by Sword Dance, a Nijinsky II son bred on the same cross a Storm Cat. Speightstown has grade one winner Dance to Bristol out of a mare by Northern Dancer line stallion Louis Quatorze (sire of Repent).

Speightstown and other sons of Gone West have enjoyed success when crossed back over mares from their own male line, that of Mr. Prospector. For Speightstown this includes a grade one winner out of a mare by Seeking the Gold (sire of MutakddimPetionville and Cape Town), a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Distorted Humor (by Forty Niner, sire of End SweepTactical AdvantageBanker’s Gold , Coronado’s QuestGold FeverGold CaseJulesRoarTwining and West Acre, and grandsire of Trippi and Peace Rules), and stakes winners out of mares by Unbridled’s Song and Pentelicus (a three-quarters brother to Unbridled). It’s possible to introduce Unbridled’s Song through SongandaprayerBuddha (giving inbreeding to Storm Bird), DunkirkEurosilverFirst DefenceHalf OursEven the ScoreOld FashionedRockport HarborWerblin and ZensationalUnbridled might also be brought in through GrindstoneBirdstone (giving inbreeding to Storm Bird), Broken Vow (who is out a Nijinsky II mare and who appeals here), Empire MakerRed BulletUntuttable and Spanish Steps. Other branches of Mr. Prospector that provided the dams of Gone West line stakes winners include Afleet (sire of Northern Afleet and grandsire of Afleet Alex), Conquistador Cielo (sire of Marquetry), Crafty ProspectorDistinctive ProGulch and his son Thunder Gulch (out of a Storm Bird mare), Smart StrikeNot For Love and Two Punch (sire of Smoke Glacken).

Unlike many Gone West like stallions, Speightstown has thrived when crossed with Seattle Slew line mares. He has stakes winners out of mares by Slew’s RoyaltySlewdledoTaj AlriyadhHoustonCapote (sire of Boston Harbor and Matty G.) and A.P. Indy. There is also a Speightstown stakes winner out of a mare by A.P. Indy son, Aptitude, and this strain might also be brought in through Pulpit (sire of TapitSky Mesa and Stroll), Malibu MoonMineshaftJump Start (giving inbreeding to Storm Bird), BernardiniCongratsFlatterFull MandateMajestic WarriorStephen Got Even and Saint Anddan.

The In Reality line through Relaunch has fared particularly well under Speightstown, including a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Relaunch himself, and stakes winners from daughters of Honour and Glory (sire of Put It Back) and Bertrando (by Skywalker, and himself sire of Officer). This line should also be effective through Cee’s Tizzy and Tiznow and sons. There are also stakes winners by Gone West lime stallions out of mares by Known Fact, and Valid Appeal and his son, Mister Jolie, with this strain being available through Valid WagerValid Expectations and Successful Appeal.

The cross with Blushing Groom line mares has yielded stakes winners out of mares by Mt. Livermore and his son, Peaks and Valleys (with other sons of Mt. Livermore including OrientateSubordination and Housebuster), Rainbow Quest and Cherokee Run (sire of KafwainWar Pass and Yonaguska). There are also two stakes winners by Gone West line stallions out of mares by Rahy.

The cross of Speightstown with mares from the Roberto line has supplied stakes winners from mares by DynaformerRed Ransom and Prized (by Kris S.). It would also be possible to bring in Kris S. through ArchKissin Kris and Brocco, who are all broodmare sires of Gone West line stakes winners, and there are also three stakes winners on the cross, one grade one, out of mares by Lear Fan. Roberto is a son of Hail to Reason, and from the Halo branch of that line, Speightstown has a stakes winner from a mare by Saint Ballado (sire of Captain BodgitFlame ThrowerStraight ManSweetsouthernsaintYankee Victor and Saint Liam), and we can also note success for Gone West line stallions in general with Halo though Southern Halo (sire of More Than Ready) and Jolie’s Halo, with Halo’s Image being another from this line who could be considered.

There are also grade one winners for Speightstown out of daughters of MeadowlakeLinkage (by Hoist the Flag) and Smarten, and stakes winners out of mares by Holy Bull (sire of Macho Uno), Maria’s Mon, Cozzene (sire of Alphabet SoupMizzen Mast and Running Stag), Silver Charm and from the His Majesty line out of mares by Valiant NatureGo For Gin and Colonial Affair (by Pleasant Colony).

♦♦ Progeny ♦♦