First foal for Venezuelan Hug at Mill Creek Farm

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023

Venezuelan Hug’s first foal, a filly out of the Mizzen Mast mare Flutiste, born Wednesday at Mill Creek Farm. Photo provided.

Graded stakes winner Venezuelan Hug sired his first foal Wednesday when Flutiste delivered a filly at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater. Venezuelan Hug, a 6-year-old son of Constitution out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Downtown Diva, stands for $2,500 at Mill Creek Farm.

Owned by Sal Spedale’s Spedale Family Racing, the filly is also the first foal for the 5-year-old Mizzen Mast mare Flutiste. Bred by Gerard and Alain Wertheimer, Flutiste was claimed out of her maiden-breaking victory in mid-December 2020 by Spedele Family Racing and Flying P Stable.

“Mr. Spedale is super excited about the next chapter for Venezuelan Hug and is extremely involved with breeding and supporting him,” Mill Creek Farm owner Anne Morgan. “The filly is super cute and feisty, very correct and well balanced.”

Venezuelan Hug raced for Spedale Family Racing and R. A. Hill Stable before retiring to stand his first season in 2022 at Mill Creek. He won six of 10 starts and earned $252,830. He ended his career with three straight victories in stakes company, winning the Millions Turf Preview Stakes in November 2020 at Gulfstream Park West, Sunshine Turf Stakes in January 2021 at Gulfstream and the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes in late February 2021 at Gulfstream.

Flutiste is one of five winners out of the Dynaformer mare Etincelle, a half-sister to stakes winners Take the Ribbon, Flash Forward, Flash Mash, Glinda the Good, Bright Magic and Hot War. Glinda the Good is the dam of champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Good Magic.

Venezuelan Hug is one of several stallions based in New York and other states with seasons for sale in the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.’s annual Stallion Season Auction set for January 27-31 on

The auction raises funds that allow the NYTB to carry on its two-fold mission of promoting New York breeding and racing and protecting the welfare of industry stakeholders.

Donations of stallion seasons will be accepted until the beginning of the auction. Please visit to view the current list of stallions in the auction and contact NYTB directly at 518.587.0777 or to donate a season.

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