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What the Nation is saying about Starspangledbanner...

Starspangledbanner's fertility appears to be on the rise - From a select book of 50 mares sent to the seven-year-old son of Choisir at Rosemont Stud, Victoria, 16 have already been confirmed in foal, 13 are waiting to be scanned, and 20 are still to be covered.
With the 30th Breeders' Cup passing by quicker than most of us would have liked, we now ask, just what did we learn this year?Read More
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  • CauseForConcern · Not really stating a conspiracy, but, when you can have all numbers involved, and exclude the first three favorites from the first 3 positions, I would think the payoff would be more generous. I understand the 10 cent bet, for we had a 10 cent bet, that cashed three times. Just looking at it from a greedy standpoint(ha!!). · 164 days ago ·
  • tmallios1 · The favorites where not strong favorites,there was not a 3/5 or prohibitive chalk to finish off the board that would of shaken things up.No the 10 cent bet is good for the small player,it has destroyed the supers for big players.Now to many hit the all button on 3/4 slots.So can no longer get value.Personally, the Dq was absolute destruction. Such is the game we play. · 164 days ago ·
Good news for Banner! Seems the fertility treatments have worked. First mare covered by him this season tests in foal at Rosemont.
Reported on today's Racing Post web-site, Starspangledbanner retired again for a second attempt at stud.
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  • On The Gallop's · He should have NEVER been returned to racing. I will adopt him if he is still infertile. · 331 days ago ·
  • Sullivan · Returning to racing wasn't the issue, the manner in which he returned was. Starting right in a stakes.. · 331 days ago ·
Poor horse hasn't run a lick in GR1 company since he was brought back to racing. Let the poor boy retire and be a horse.
  • amino998 · That's 2 races>>One on soft turf and on on the rock hard hillside>>but you probably know better than O'Brien>>has a shot at 20-1 ML. · 388 days ago ·
This year, with Goldikova absent having retired to the breeding sheds, Head sends his new stable star, Moonlight Cloud.Read More
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  • yukichan · Excelebration would have been my top choice had there been more time between this and his stunning performance at QE2. I think Aidan is asking quite a bit of him to face the likes of this BC field. He's one of the best horses racing and will indeed be quite the legend (and training job) if he can pull this off. Same goes for Animal Kingdom. Heart wants him to win, heads says probably not. · 534 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · another horsey statement based upon nothing but heresay: a horse leaves its best on the track. These are athletes. YOUNG ones at that. For a period of three years I studied charts of horses coming back from hard taxing stretch battles with comments like "all out, driving, etc," to see how they did next out. ONLY fillies showed any signs of "bounce" when the follow up was at least 7 to 10 days. Think hard: How did you respond when you were YOUNG at hard exercise after a few days rest? Fallacy that has been exposed. p. 95 Winning at the Races Dr. William Quirin. "suppose instead we study horses involved in a prolonged drive from the quarter pole to the wire...Maybe this woud be enough to tap a horse's energy reserves. BUT, as the following figures prove, the answer is an emphatic NO." · 534 days ago ·
Having cleared quarantine Wednesday evening, Aidan O’Brien’s powerful Breeders’ Cup team took to the Santa Anita track for the first time to stretch their legs Thursday morning. Leading the group was St Nicholas Abbey, who will be bidding to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf for the second time in successi...Read More
Bridgetown, riding a 2-race turf sprint winning streak, is the slight 9-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita Park. Read More
Looked much, much better today in his second race back. Beaten only a 1/2 length by Maarek in the G3 Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. SSB made a strong move in the stretch to pass 2 pretty good sprinters in Fire Lily and Firebeam and briefly took the lead. But was run down in the final 50 meters by Maarek. Even still, he looked a lot better than when he finished dead last of 6 in the G3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes back Aug. 12th.
After a failed attempt at stud duty, Starspangledbanner made his return to the racetrack on Sunday at the Curragh in Ireland in the G3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes. He obviously needed this run after being off of the track for such a long time, because he ended up finishing dead last of 6 runners in the race.
  • northport · hopefully he can return to his previous form. all this work bringing back into training after so long would seem like a waste. Although I'm not keen on the idea of his being brought back · 616 days ago ·
Starspangledbanner has been installed as favorite for Sunday’s Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh. From racehorse to stud to racehorse again. Let's hope he returns with his brillant speed....
Coolmore announced on Tuesday that Starspangledbanner will not shuttle to the southern hemisphere breeding season due to fertility issues, and may be put back into training!! I always thought Coolmore/Ballydoyle retired Starspangledbanner awfully quickly anyway? He was a fairly lightly raced horse in Australia, and after Michael Tabor bought him and brought him to Ireland, he was very lightly raced in Europe. But really never ran a bad race for Ballydoyle. He won the G1 Golden Jubilee Stakes and G1 July Cup. Was 2nd in the G1 Nunthrope Stakes, and 5th in both the G1 Sprint Cup and G2 Duke of York Stakes. With those 2 5th place finishes being his worst finishes in Europe. This horse had a ton of speed, and it be great to see him brought back to top level sprint races again.
May be put back into training after firing a few blanks so to speak....
This is 1 horse I really wish Aidan O'Brien had let race on for another season or two. When he was racing at the very top of his game, Starspangledbanner was one seriously fast horse. His win in the G1 Caufield Guineas, which was actually over a mile and not sprint distances, was visually awesome to see. But when he won the 2010 G1 Golden Jubilee Stakes over 6f at Ascot, he may have reached his zenith in that race? SSB ran each of the 6f of that race each faster than the previous furlong, and his final furlong of that race was officially clocked at having been run in 9-1/2 seconds. That's flat out cooking with Crisco, and IMO, would stand against the best sprinters in the world today if he repeated it? I.E. Black Caviar, Sepoy, etc.....
  • yukichan · Well, me thinks it's too late as he seems to be happy at stud: http://bloodstock.racingpost.com/news/bloodstock/starspangled-first-foal-bursts-onto-the-scene/980414/top/ · 811 days ago ·
GOLDIKOVA (Ire) (Anabaa) was named Cartier Horse of the Year at the 2010 Cartier Racing Awards Tuesday night, and the exceptional mare was also awarded the Cartier Older Horse Award for the second year running. The 20th annual awards were announced before an invited audience of 350 at the Dorchester...Read More
Starspangledbanner followed up his success in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) with a gritty victory over Equiano in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) July 9 at Newmarket.Read More
Until just recently, I thought that Hong Kong's Sacred Kingdom was the very best 6 furlong sprinter in the world. I'd still say that Sacred Kingdom is right there at the top of the list. But he's certainly got some company at the top now. Starspangledbanner is absolutely lightning in a bottle. Johnny Murtagh has the luxury in a colt like this of having a "blast off" button on the saddle. Starspangledbanner is a colt that has been officially clocked as having ran a 9 second furlong in training. That's cooking with Crisco folks. Trainer Aidan O'Brien was quoted as saying, talking about Starspangledbanner's 9 second furlong, that this is the only horse he's ever trained in his career that has accomplished that feat. After watching Starspangledbanner win the Caufield Guineas, Oakleigh Plate, the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Ascot, and today's Darley July Cup, I have no doubt this colt could compete with Sacred Kingdom at sprint distances. The American sprinter, Kinsale King, ran well early in the race. Staying near the lead for some time. But with such a blistering pace on, Kinsale King eventually faded to 12th. A great win by a great colt in today's July Cup. Starspangledbanner has got what looks to be quite a bright future in the sprint division of racing. JMO.
  • humphrey · Hong Kong produced the streaky Silent Witness hit 18 straight....Can't over look a horse because of WHERE it runs or no one would have looked at the champion Some Beach Somewhere who came off the little tracks in Altantic Canada to the same liftime record as Man O'War. · 1381 days ago ·
The 2010 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner is well-respected as the third choice in the market for Friday’s Darley July Cup (G1) at Newmarket, a race shaping up as a rematch of the Golden Jubilee (G1) from the Royal Ascot meet.  While it was clear the Carl O’Callaghan trained American-bred Dubai winn...Read More
Kinsale King, winner of the 2010 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) and a knock-up third in the Golden Jubilee (G1) at Ascot, his first start since the Dubai win, is confirmed for the Darley July Cup (G1) on 9 July at Newmarket.  He is scheduled to fast the speedster who defeated him, Starspangledbanner...Read More

Starspangledbanner - Race Results & Past Performances

View DetailsView Video03/30/13Starspangledbanner14thMey55 fTAl Quoz Sprint-G1 3+ MShea SheaJoy And FunEagle Regiment0:56.41
View DetailsView Video11/03/12Starspangledbanner10thSA76 1/2 fTBreeders' Cup Turf Sprint-G1 3+ MMizdirectionUnbridled's NoteReneesgotzip1:11.39
View DetailsView Video10/26/12Starspangledbanner4thDun55 fSMercury Stakes 3+ MBalmont MastNocturnal AffairTimeless Call0:57.35
View Details10/07/12Starspangledbanner11thLon77 fTPrix de la Foret-G1 3+ MGordon Lord ByronPenitentKendam1:25.17
View Details09/15/12Starspangledbanner2ndCur46 fTRenaissance Stakes-G3 3+ MMaarekStarspangledbannerFire Lily1:12.33
View Details08/12/12Starspangledbanner6thCur56 fTPhoenix Sprint Stakes-G3 3+ MFire LilyGordon Lord ByronDefinightly1:17.54
View Details09/04/10Starspangledbanner5thHay46 fTSprint Cup-G1 3+ MMarkabLady Of The DesertGenki1:09.40
View DetailsView Video08/20/10Starspangledbanner2ndYor45 fTNunthorpe Stakes-G1 3+ MSole PowerStarspangledbannerPiccadilly Filly0:57.14
View Details07/09/10Starspangledbanner1stNewJ46 fTJuly Cup-G1 3+ MStarspangledbannerEquianoAlverta1:09.81
View DetailsView Video06/19/10Starspangledbanner1stAsc36 fTGolden Jubilee Stakes-G1 3+ MStarspangledbannerSociety RockKinsale King1:12.57
View Details05/12/10Starspangledbanner5thYor46 fTDuke of York Stakes-G2 3+ MPrime DefenderShowcasingMain Aim1:11.52
View Details03/06/10Starspangledbanner3rdFlem66 fTNewmarket Handicap-G1 3+ MWantedEagle FallsStarspangledbanner1:10.32
View DetailsView Video02/20/10Starspangledbanner1stCau65 1/2 fTOakleigh Plate -G1 3+ MStarspangledbannerArniosHere De Angels1:03.16
View DetailsView Video01/30/10Starspangledbanner4thFlem65 fTLightning Stakes-G1 3+ MNicconiWantedShellscrape0:57.33
View DetailsView Video10/10/09Starspangledbanner1stCau71 mileTCaulfield Guineas-G1 3 MStarspangledbannerCarraraManhattan Rain1:35.69
View Details09/19/09Starspangledbanner4thCau57 fTCaulfield Guineas Prelude-G3 3 MDemeritTrustingManhattan Rain1:24.80
View Details08/29/09Starspangledbanner1stCau46 fTMcNeil Stakes-G3 3 MStarspangledbannerTollespritEclair Fastpass1:10.25
View Details08/15/09Starspangledbanner1stCau35 1/2 fTVain Stakes 3 MStarspangledbannerEclair FastpassDjatala1:04.10
View DetailsView Video08/01/09Starspangledbanner8thCau25 fTHandicap 3 MTariksSunseekerBombay Sling0:58.88
View Details03/14/09Starspangledbanner2ndFlem35 fTFestival of Racing Stakes 2 MBetter Be The OneStarspangledbannerMorfontaine0:58.20
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