Plagued by minor injuries, including a bothersome ankle which cost him his entire 4-year-old season, Speightstown had brilliant speed and a heart to match when he was right. The Gone West colt won 10 of 16 lifetime starts, including a six-furlong track record of 1:08.64 in winning the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga Race Course at the age of 6 in 2004.
Injuries limited Speightstown to one start at 2 in 2000, but he returned to win four of seven starts at 3. Off nearly two years, he resumed his career with an allowance victory at Belmont Park in May 2003, making just two starts that year. As a 6-year-old, Speightstown won five of six races, three of them Grade 2 stakes, as well as the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. He was voted the Eclipse Award as champion sprinter of 2004.